Increasing Self-Compassion in Athletes
Mosewich et al. (2013) conducted a study with women athletes aiming to increase levels of self-compassion. The intervention group participated in a one-week self-compassion intervention. Details of the intervention are broken down below.
Ten-minute self-compassion education session and a self-compassion writing exercise.
Athletes were asked to think about and write a description of a recalled negative event in sport that had happened to them within the past 10 days. They were then given prompts to write about how they could respond to that scenario, centered on the three core elements of self-compassion (i.e., self-kindness, common humanity, mindfulness).
Five online self-compassion writing tasks completed over seven days, centered around responding to a negative event in sport with self-compassion.
- Lower levels of self-criticism, state rumination, and concern over mistakes in a group of varsity women athletes when compared to the control.
- Higher levels of self-compassion.
- Levels at 1-month post-test suggest maintenance of change and use of self-compassion skills learned.
For more self-compassion exercises and resources from Dr. Kristin Neff.
Mosewich, A. D., Crocker, P. R. E., Kowalski, K. C., & DeLongis, A. (2013). Applying self-compassion in sport: An intervention with women athletes. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 35, 514-524. doi:10.1123/jsep.35.5.514
Self-Compassion in Sport 101: SIRCuit: SIRC. (2021). Retrieved from https://sirc.ca/blog/self-compassion-in-sport-101/