There are times when it is a good and necessary action to seek restorative space. It's best to have a consistent practice that constantly renews your spirit, mind, and body. However, the world at large has a great many forces in play, forces that often feel at odds with one another. When enough of those forces clash, it can reach a point where even regular practice is not enough to restore balance.
Obvious examples of situations at that tax the soul are extreme situations such as war and plague. The sudden death of a loved one, or the loss of a job, can certainly deplete any available emotional and physical resources very quickly. It is to be hoped that such occurrences are not frequent; there is a level of emotional exhaustion that can devastate a life when too many of such events occur too closely clustered. That being said, it is worthwhile to recognise that seemingly smaller events (the car won't start, a lost wallet, an unexpected snow storm, etc.) can also tax our state of well-being. When these types of events occur at spaced intervals, our daily practice will usually bring us back to a state of centered-ness in farily short order. However, when these events happen frequently, or in combination with a culturally viewed "bigger" event, we begin to feel overwhelmed. Our over-culture encourages us to regard these smaller events as "first world problems", something to just shrug off and ignore, but the cost to our sanity cannot be ignored.
When the world feels like it is just too much to bear, where do you turn to? Do you power on through and hope it will get better, or do you stop and invest in self-care? What messages do you carry from family and culture about taking care of yourself, about meeting your own needs?
Clearly, regular daily practice does build a reserve on which we can draw in times of trial. For those times when life is much heavier it is very beneficial to have a plan for restorative practice on a deeper level. While initiating such an action (a day in silence, bodywork, time with a good friend), may not be possible in the midst of a crisis, it helps to have the idea in mind so that when a space opens such an action can be taken. Knowing that there is respite awaiting you can make it possible to bear the crisis in the moment.
Take time this week for a little extra self-care. You really do deserve it.