We all need reminders to talk ourselves away from the cliff. I was working through some deep anxiety today and I had to give myself a break from going full force at whatever was coming at me- I had to give the Knight of Swords in myself the permission to back off and take stock before moving forward.
It's okay to rest and retreat for a moment in order to come back stronger and rejuvenated. You deserve that moment to breathe, protected, and safe. Put down your sword and take up your shield.
It's not about falling into seclusion or accepting defeat, more like storing up energy for the next big step you'll take. Ask for help where you can (you can).
Learn and practice self-compassion. You deserve that kindness.