Nothing feels better than taking care of myself.

Work outs and coffee in the morning, face masks and tea in the evening – nothing is too much of a commitment, too much of a burden, for the feeling of renewal it brings me.

In a single day, I probably do most things just to take care of myself. I wake up early to work out and have a nice breakfast; I take my time getting ready; I try to do my work quickly so as to have time to study; I go for walks; I write; I read; I learn; I take care of my skin, my body, my mind.

I do not do nearly enough. I do not eat well enough, or exercise enough. I do not give myself enough breaks, nor do I work productively enough.

But forgiveness and understanding, that is the best self-care of all. That I can spend a whole day doing nothing, even putting off my writing, but still know that ultimately it was for my health, too, and wake up the next morning feeling refreshed, that is everything to me.

We are neither the sum of our mistakes nor that of our victories. A bad habit one day does not mean the end of all good ones. Forgiveness and understanding can bring you back on track to taking care of yourself.

And boy it feels good to take care of yourself.

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