How can I treat myself more kindly when I'm depressed?

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John Preston, PsyD
Psychology
We are often our own worst enemies. If this is true for you, consider changing that by treating yourself as you would a treasured loved one. When you achieve a goal, give yourself a pat on the back; when you’re sad, give yourself permission to cry and to reach out for support; when you make a mistake, offer yourself compassion and forgiveness. Make time to enjoy life by doing what you enjoy. Eat well, take care of your health and remember to take time out to laugh and enjoy your life. Do for yourself what you would advise your best friend to do in your situation.
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