Taking care of yourself should come naturally, not be yet another task. Don’t be fooled into thinking that self-care means checkboxes of planned activities and elaborate ideas you need to carve out special time for. True self-care for writers means tending to your basic needs before you begin to burn out.
The vast amount of information competing for your mental energy can be overwhelming. This can make you feel as if you want to abandon writing altogether to give yourself a break, but maybe that’s not what you need. One step toward becoming more intentional with your writing is learning how to clear the mental clutter that prevents you from being an effective writer.
On your journey to becoming a more intentional writer, you need to learn how to make peace with your writing past. Most folks have at least a little regret over time wasted or opportunities missed. Allow yourself time to mourn what could have been. Then turn your focus to moving on.