If you’re suffering from frequent cold sore outbreaks, you may be beating yourself up about it. This can lead to you enduring additional stress, which, ironically, actually makes it even harder to prevent cold sores.
In this article, I’m going to teach you about the importance of developing and nurturing self-compassion for cold sore prevention.
Having compassion for yourself and your cold sore dilemma takes a giant weight off your shoulders, enhances your spiritual vibration, frees up natural energy, awareness, and creativity, and increases your chances of preventing cold sores.
Being Hard on Yourself Sucks
When I was used to get recurring cold sores every couple of months, I was pretty hard on myself, and this is a common mindset which is disempowering and counterproductive to preventing cold sores.
When we keep getting cold sores despite trying lots of things to prevent them, this can create inner-turmoil. If it gets really bad, this can even create massive psychological suffering.
I want to tell you something very important:
Being hard on yourself is not the way to be!
Too many people that get frequent cold sores have zero compassion for themselves, and this needs to change.
Self-compassion is the extension of kindness, care, warmth, and understanding (instead of beratement and criticism) toward oneself when faced with shortcomings, inadequacies, or failures.
Self-compassion is the care and nurturing we offer ourselves when we make mistakes, embarrass ourselves, or come short of a goal we were hoping to achieve. It is the acknowledgment of our pain, and the rejection of the notion that we should just “tough it out.”
Having self-compassion means to honor and accept your own humanness and accept that in life, you will encounter a number of unfortunate circumstances, sometimes where you’re the one at fault. Self-compassion is having grace for oneself.
Self-Compassion For Cold Sore Prevention
Having self-compassion for your cold sores can really transform your life in numerous extraordinary ways.
Furthermore, it can help you to significantly increase your chances of preventing cold sores.
Here are 3 simple steps to help you start developing and nurturing self-compassion.
1) Acknowledge your pain. Notice when you’re hurting and allow yourself to mourn the fact that you are not perfect. Resist the temptation to pretend like nothing’s wrong or that your feelings don’t matter.
2) Adopt a new perspective. View the world through the lens of a best friend or caring individual. When you’re tempted to be self-critical or judgmental, try to speak to yourself as someone who cares about you would; consider what they might say to encourage you.
3) Practice. Being self-compassionate is not an innate quality, and it’s often learned in our family of origin. Depending on our childhood circumstances, this may or may not have been a skill that we learned from our parents. As adults, we can chose to practice this skill until one day it feels like second nature.
If you’ve been hard on yourself for continuing to get cold sores despite trying to prevent them, it’s time for a mindset shift. Eliminate self-criticism, and begin to develop self-compassion.
You’re in a difficult position, but life can be difficult. No one is perfect, and people go through challenges. Being hard on yourself is not what you deserve.
You deserve to have love and acceptance from others, and especially from yourself.
You are good enough, and you’re a beautiful soul.
So please, take my advice and start being compassionate with yourself, and do this in all areas of life, not just with cold sores. Be accepting, loving, and compassionate with yourself, and watch the miracles begin to unfold.