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What is a Compassionate Woman?

Do you spend a lot of time thinking about or taking care of others? Do you experience a nagging sense of guilt when you think about doing something just for you? Do you often wonder if you are doing, being, or providing, enough? If so you’re probably a compassionate woman.

A compassionate woman is many things — big-hearted, helper, healer, nurturer, & caretaker are just a few. Simply put, a compassionate woman is someone who has deep concern, sympathy, and care for others. This shows-up in how she cares for her family, friends, and/or clients; the types of professions & hobbies she chooses; and how she feels & experiences her emotions.

Characteristics of a Compassionate Woman

As a compassionate woman, you may notice many of the following things about yourself: 

  • You care deeply about people
  • You often put the cares and concerns of others above your own
  • You sometimes feel guilty when you think about doing something just for yourself
  • You are mission-driven
  • You are creative
  • Your friends are like family to you
  • You are deeply introspective
  • You are intuitive and attuned to the energy of those around you
  • You don’t like conflict and try to avoid it all costs (even at the expense of your own happiness)
  • Despite this, you have no problem standing-up for others
  • You value deep intimate relationships — but are guarded with your own emotions
  • Your heart is "close to you skin" so you feel everything deeply
  • You enjoy feeling connected to the community — this helps you feel grounded
  • You are deeply curious about people and seem to understand how they work
  • You love learning new things and are often eager to share this new knowledge with others
  • You love starting new projects, but have a hard time completing them
  • You procrastinate because you want things to be perfect
  • You put your heart into everything you do
  • You have a deep desire to be known and understood
  • You are deeply spiritual
  • You value helping people above all else

As a compassionate woman with a big heart who spends her  time caring for others, it can be difficult to extend that same compassion towards yourself. Self-care is important for everyone but as a compassionate woman it’s important to learn how to make your self-care a priority. I define self-care as “learning to know, like, and trust yourself unconditionally; without guilt.” 

Learning how to make your self-care a priority is the best way to take care of the people in your life.

To learn more about self-care for compassionate women you can read this article.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Wishing you more piece and joy than your heart can hold.


What Does Self-Care Actually Mean? + My Personal Definition

Self-care. We have all heard about it but do we actually know what it means? Merriam-Webster tells us that self-care means to “care for oneself.” While accurate, this doesn’t really tell us much. Oxford Dictionaries does a better job and tells us that self-care is “the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.

My personal definition of self-care has evolved over the years. I used to think that self-care was getting manicures, pedicures, and massages. I’ve since learned that it can be so much more. Before I share my personal definition however, I think it’s important to share some of my beliefs about self-care in general.

Belief #1 - I believe everyone has a right to define what self-care means for themselves.
If you search for the term “self-care” online you will find tons of articles, definitions, and resources to support your self-care. That said, I think it’s important for each person to reflect on and identify their own definition. Doing this will help you filter the information you find and best connect with the resources that are right for you.