I suggest that you think of all the stuff you like to do to make yourself feel good and do it. You are your own primary. Your first relationship should be you. This is the time to do all those things that make you content, happy and loving yourself. That way when things become a challenge, the challenge will seem far less.
I'm glad you are deciding to take a slower pace in respect for others, they deserve to catch up to feeling good about it all. Going at the pace of the one having the most struggle has always been my policy and it has served me well (thanks for the reminder Ygirl