But here’s the thing that kind of clicked for me recently. Handling my responsibilities IS self-care. Doing the hard thing IS self-care. It’s taking care of that future self. My present self hates it because it’s taxing, it’s tedious, and sometimes doing the right thing in the present moment doesn’t give present time results. But it’s necessary nonetheless. I often times feel the need to participate in certain “self-care” activities because I’m stressed about something that’s in my power to fix in that given moment OR because i’m refusing to face something that is causing me negative emotions.