When your child asks a profound question…
We were on a flight listening to the Flight Attendant’s Safety Instruction when my daughter asked why they always say “please put your own oxygen mask on first before assisting others”?
For Miss 10 it seemed like common sense that you need to take care of yourself before you could help others however for many ‘grown ups’ the idea of helping themselves first simply does not compute.
We think it is selfish to prioritise our needs over the needs of others and promptly put everyone else’s needs ahead of our own.
This habit becomes ingrained and Life starts to feel stuck on a repeat cycle, where we get up, give to others first, deplete ourselves only to do it all again the very next day.
Over time we completely forget who we were, what makes us happy and feelings of exhaustion, dissatisfaction, poor health start creeping in. We know something isn’t right yet can’t work out what it is.
What our Life is missing is self-care, the kind of care that strengthens and deepens our internal connection allowing us to meet our needs from a holistic approach.
As you start to practice self-care you reclaim your connection to yourself and obtain the understanding that you are more helpful to others when you have taken care of yourself first.
Need some suggestions to boost your self care?
Here are some suggestions that you can use to support your own self care.
📱Unplug yourself from technology & social media for a period of your day
Play with your pet 🐶
🎼Listen to music you love
Focus on your own needs and goals instead of comparing yourself to others💗
🤗Practice compassion for yourself
Allow yourself to feel your feelings instead of distracting yourself from them 🙁
📖Read a book that inspires you
Practice positive affirmations 💗
🤸♀️Move to music you love
Go outside & spend time in nature 🌴
🧘♀️Try meditation, yoga or deep breathing exercises
Look in a mirror and love yourself as you are right now, without judgment💜