We all know about self-care in the abstract. That it's good for us to find work/life balance in an increasingly multi-tasked world. That it's something we all need to be doing more of. However in reality many of us don't pay attention until it's too late. We burn out under a burden of high expectations and low self-esteem. And we struggle to break the cycle of stress and sustain the path to recovery. This is a talk about my ongoing journey - from recognizing symptoms to proactively creating tools and design patterns to help me navigate the stresses that impact my physical and mental well-being. I will start by unpacking the science of stress and it's connection to self-esteem. I'll then share specific strategies I use to combat key issues in my life, and provide analogies and design patterns that can hopefully motivate others to create self-care toolkits personalized to their needs.