I can laugh now as I write this because I am always trying to be aware of the ongoing need for self-compassion.
I am finally able to do things everyday to really take care of myself. I do some yoga stretches (now outside in the sun!) which is a wonderful way to start the day. I try to meditate every other day with Deepak Chopra's guided meditations. I highly recommend you get his Wellness Meditation package. It is 21 days discussing health and science of our bodies with a short meditation and with the most beautiful music. I have the package with Oprah's intro which I also like.
Anyway, I was meditating recently in the late afternoon and I take about 1/2 hour to prepare, listen and unwind. After I finished I was getting readjusted to my other activities and my husband came in and started a discussion which ended with me snapping at him and storming out to go to the store!! How is that for calm? Not good. What I discovered after my husband and I talked about it, because I freaked him out a bit, was PMS is stronger than meditation!!
So all the self care in the world cannot stop some reactions for me! So funny. Now, it did lead my husband and I to have a conversation about something I apparently needed to get off my chest and I apologized for my outburst. I sometimes tell him I wonder why he stays.