The other day in therapy I came across a metaphor.
Doing self care (like eating regularly, staying hydrated, taking your meds on time, and resting) is like having the bumpers up when you’re bowling. If you go off course and bounce a little, it’s not a big deal.
I used to wait so long to eat that I was incapable of preparing something, so I would sit on the kitchen floor and cry until someone came across me and rescued me by making me a sandwich.
Now, if I wait a little too long to eat, the rest of my self care shores me up and I am capable of making myself something (or asking for help).
Doing the absolute most to take care of yourself will pay off in the moments that you falter.