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Mental health: Are you too hard on yourself? Expert tips to achieve self-kindness

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Be kind to yourself. A lack of self-kindness can lead to anxiety and depression.
Be kind to yourself. A lack of self-kindness can lead to anxiety and depression.
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I'm hard on myself or so people tell me. I don't see it - but, apparently, everyone else does.

It's late on a Saturday evening and I'm cuddled up in bed. It's been a day filled with sorrow, and a night filled with me trying to forget. I'm in a better space, I tell myself. Much better than I was three weeks ago - a painful breakup, operation, endometriosis diagnosis and positive Covid test all in the space of two weeks left me feeling emotionally depleted.

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