How to not suck at self-care as an introvert

Confession: I’m terrible at taking sick days.

Some gross proof of this is that time a couple years ago that I ended up with a bad¬†cold and ear infection the night before I was supposed to leave for an eight-month overseas work term. I’d worked myself so hard to keep up my hours at my usual job, say proper goodbyes to my friends, and pack my things that I’d left minimal time to take care of myself.

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This photo “Exhausted” is (c) 2011 leniners and made available under an Attribution Non-Commercial ¬†license.

I ended up having to reschedule my flight for a week later–and believe me, I really needed to use that week to rest.

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