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  • Writer's pictureNoel Guerita Anschutz

Embracing Self-Compassion: Adjusting Behaviors in Changing Circumstances

Updated: Jun 9, 2023


In life, we often find ourselves adapting to various circumstances. Our behaviors and responses are shaped by the environment and situations we encounter. It's essential to recognize that what may have been functional and necessary in one set of circumstances can become dysfunctional when circumstances change. Rather than punishing and shaming ourselves, it's important to practice self-compassion and focus on making adjustments as needed. In this blog post, we will explore the importance of understanding our behaviors in relation to the circumstances we face and how we can make positive adjustments without blaming ourselves.

  1. Recognizing the Impact of Circumstances: Our behaviors are not isolated occurrences but are often a response to the circumstances surrounding us. Dysfunctionality in our responses may be an adaptation to dysfunctional or challenging situations. It's important to acknowledge the impact of these circumstances and understand that our behaviors were shaped by them.

  2. Avoiding Self-Punishment and Shame: When we become aware that our past behaviors no longer serve us in new circumstances, it's crucial to practice self-compassion. Instead of punishing ourselves for past actions, we should embrace understanding and empathy. Recognize that our behaviors were a coping mechanism in a different context, and it's natural for them to require adjustments now.

  3. Accepting the Need for Adjustments: As circumstances change, we must acknowledge the need for adjustments in our behaviors. It doesn't mean there is something inherently wrong with us; it simply signifies our ability to adapt and grow. Accepting this need for change empowers us to make conscious decisions about our responses and behaviors.

  4. Cultivating Self-Awareness: Developing self-awareness is key to recognizing when our behaviors are no longer serving us. It involves understanding our emotions, thought patterns, and triggers. By paying attention to our internal experiences, we can identify when certain behaviors are no longer effective or beneficial.

  5. Seeking Support and Guidance: Making adjustments and navigating changing circumstances can be challenging. Seeking support from trusted friends, family, or professionals, such as therapists or life coaches, can provide valuable insights and guidance. They can offer an outside perspective, help us explore alternative approaches, and support our journey of adjustment and growth.

  6. Embracing Growth and Learning: Viewing adjustments as opportunities for growth and learning can shift our mindset. Instead of focusing on past "mistakes," we can see these moments as stepping stones to becoming a better version of ourselves. Embrace the process of adaptation and approach it with curiosity and a willingness to learn and evolve.

  7. Celebrating Progress and Resilience: As we make adjustments and witness positive changes in our behaviors, it's important to celebrate our progress. Recognize the resilience it takes to adapt and modify our responses. Celebrating even small victories reinforces our ability to navigate change and encourages continued growth.


In our journey through life, it's important to be kind to ourselves and avoid self-blame when our behaviors no longer serve us in changing circumstances. Rather than punishing ourselves, we should practice self-compassion and focus on making adjustments that align with our current needs. Remember, there is nothing inherently wrong with us. We have the power to adapt, learn, and grow, creating a path that is more in line with our present reality. Embrace the process, seek support when needed, and celebrate the progress made along the way.


I hope this helps someone today! If you need additional support or information please feel free to contact me.


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** It's important to note that these concepts are subjective and may resonate differently with each individual. Different approaches work for different people, so it's helpful to explore various modalities and find what resonates with you personally.


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