8 Ways to Be Kinder to Yourself in 2020 - 2 minutes read

8 Ways to Be Kinder to Yourself in 2020

2019: Phew, what a decade this year was. Or at least it felt like it.

With everything happening all the time, it’s easy to forget to take care of yourself. How can we focus on ourselves when there is so much going on around us, not even to mention worrying about careers, families, money, stress and everything else that comes with modern life?

But it doesn’t have to be as difficult as it seems. This year, Smarter Living published loads of stories centered around self-acceptance and self-care, whether that means acknowledging an small achievement, being O.K. with your guilty pleasures or just trying to be a little more scarce.

Here are eight simple ways to be a little kinder to yourself in 2020.

Choosing to spend time alone can benefit your social relationships, improve your creativity and confidence, and help you regulate your emotions so that you can better deal with adverse situations, according to experts.

“It’s not that solitude is always good, but it can be good” if you’re open to rejecting the idea — common in the west — that time by yourself is always a negative experience you’re being forced into, according to Thuy-vy Nguyen, an assistant professor in the department of psychology at Durham University, who studies solitude. She added that because solitude helps us regulate our emotions, it can have a calming effect that prepares us to better engage with others.

Source: The New York Times

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