Rather than a luxury, self-care is a necessity for making sure your brain is working at its best. We should start referring to it instead as “self-survival requirements.”
“My meditation was bad today. I can’t focus. My mind is just too busy.” This is by far the most common complaint I see written on my students’ meditation logs. Often my students see it as a problem of such magnitude that it means they're incapable of meditating or of experiencing any benefit from meditation.
Have you ever wanted something really badly? So badly that you were sure that if you got it, you'd be forever happy? How long did that last? Were you happy forever as you hoped? Turns out that what we think leads to lasting happiness really doesn't. Understanding the causes of suffering and true happiness are what the Buddha called Skillful Understanding.