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Recently, I’ve been house-sitting and cat-sitting for someone in my neighborhood. My mental health had been volatile, and I’d been struggling with a lack of energy, so I wasn’t sure how I would feel living and working in a new place.

Contrary to my concerns, house-sitting and cat-sitting for the past two weeks have overwhelmingly cleared my head. Stepping into someone else’s home and adopting their routine gave me a sense of structure that I haven’t had the energy to create for myself lately. Temporarily leaving my everyday living space lifted a mental burden, making me feel like I could address my responsibilities with a clean slate. Rather than feeling isolated or tired, I’ve been more positive and productive.

As my time looking after the cat and this house comes to a close, I know that afterward, I can return to my own apartment feeling refreshed.

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A chronic illness upended my life. I’m still trying to find a new normal.

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There’s a constant voice in my head telling me I’m not good enough. Here’s how I’m trying to overcome it.

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