Yesterday, I had a Tough day with my students. The capitalized T is necessary. When things don’t go according to plan, I can dwell on everything that went imperfectly, and wonder what all I could have done better. After work, I was exhausted and still feeling down for a bit. Yet, I challenged myself to decompress mentally and physically. I briefly thought about ways to learn from the day’s challenges, watched the weirdest movie on Netflix, and lounged hard. Although the day’s mishaps never completely escaped my thoughts, it was a great feeling to show kindness to myself. I could rest a little easier remembering that the next day is another opportunity to try again.