If you have taken a flight recently, you’re familiar with the safety demonstration that is done in the aisle. If you actually listen you will hear them give specific instruction to secure your oxygen mask before assisting others.
Consider self-care oxygen. Self-care is simply doing the things you like to do that helps you feel happy and healthy.
There really is no limit to what self-care is because it’s all about what you like doing for yourself and your personality that makes you a better person, parent, spouse, sibling, and friend.
Don’t do things you think you need to do or what others say you need to do. Do what you know you love and want.
It doesn’t have to require money or be anything extravagant. Meditate, get up early, read a book, or take a yoga class are some simple ideas.
Neglecting yourself and putting your needs on the back burner inevitably leads to an unhealthy life. Self-care needs to be a part of everyone’s personal schedule and shouldn’t be overlooked due to time or because someone believes it is selfish.
self-care is imperative because it prevents:
- Stress – The truth is stress is a part of daily life. Eliminating it entirely is not possible; the goal is to reduce it as much as possible. Plenty of medical research shows that stress can cause serious side effects including headaches, low energy, aches and pains and even insomnia.
- Burnout – Burnout is another form of extreme stress that results in physical and emotional exhaustion, negativity, lack of enjoyment and the feeling of hopelessness. Burnout typically happens when people are overworked or during events that you feel you can’t control. Self-care allows you to take a break from activities that can result in burnout. Even if it’s a simple one-minute break where you close your eyes and breathe, it will help reduce this type of stress.
- Negativity – Putting everyone else’s needs over your own will turn just about anyone negative. The feeling of not being important and that their needs overpower yours is a horrible feeling. The fact is, the more your needs are met, the more others’ needs will be met too. You will experience less bitterness and resentment towards others if you take care of yourself.
If you find yourself feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or just generally negative, stop what you are doing immediately.
Start to focus on your breath and get to the root of your stress. What are you focused on? Shift your vision around the stress that is showing up.
Often times stress happens when we are living in a past that can’t be changed or a future that has not happened yet. Bring yourself to the present moment and focus on the things you are grateful for. This will allow you to relax and adjust your attitude.
You will be amazed at how much more productive you will be if you just put yourself first.