I was programmed to be strong and unstoppable, to always do my best—sometimes, at any cost.

For years I was known for saying yes when I meant no. I would be so insistent on keeping my promises that I wouldn’t back out of plans, no matter what.

I’ll get that massage when I have more time, I’d say.

I’ll take that vacation when I have more money. 

I didn’t understand that the pressure I was putting on myself wasn’t helping anyone, and was hurting me.

This pattern kept me from indulging in self-care—something I have come to understand is a learned skill.

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