Being Kinder to Yourself Will Help You Survive the COVID-19 Pandemic

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If you are struggling with surviving the COVID-19 pandemic emotionally, the solution might be more kindness -- aimed at yourself.

The Doctors are joined by psychotherapist Nikita Banks, who says the difficult parts of the pandemic, feeling lonely and having to isolate from others, can also be empowering.

She says if you are feeling like you are stuck in an emotional rut to try to slow down and hit the pause button. Previously, many of us placed a lot of value on our level of productivity, but due to how the world has drastically changed in the last year, she suggests taking stock in our "small wins" and says we should celebrate every single small accomplishment.

The “Finding Happy” author also says being kind to yourself, which can be challenging for many people, can go a long way.

"It's really about giving yourself breaks...and allowing yourself to do whatever you need to do in the moment and forgiving yourself for all of the things you assume you're supposed to be doing," the psychotherapist notes.

We also encourage those who are feeling down to give themselves a break from the extra stress they might be dealing with. Learn about The Doctors' tips for treating your chronic stress

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