Take it easy on yourself, and be healthier

If you think you need to channel your inner drill sergeant to eat your vegetables and get to the gym, think again.

In the past decade or so, numerous studies have shown that self-compassion is important for mental and emotional health and well-being. Newer research is also finding that self-compassion plays a role in physical health.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 27, 2018, with the headline 'Take it easy on yourself, and be healthier'. Print Edition | Subscribe