Take Time to Love Yourself
We're all in this together!
January 31, 2017
“Secure your oxygen mask before attempting to help others.” This instruction from every flight I have ever been on always sticks with me. It’s a simple concept. If you don’t put on your own oxygen mask first it’s very likely you would pass out and not be able to help anyone else in need. However, when you secure your mask, ensuring oxygen flow, you are not only able to remain conscious but you will be able to assist those around you.
This same rule of self preservation is undoubtedly applicable in our daily lives. From the most basic needs to our emotional and spiritual health, if we are run down and disheartened its much more difficult to reach out a helping hand to others. I find this to be so evident with women especially. By nature we are givers and nurturers. We take care of our children, our husbands, our parents, but how often do you hear “I’m finally going to start taking care of myself!” Going to start? Why did we ever stop? Over time this repeated selflessness can give way to resentment. I am by no means suggesting we let everyone fend for themselves but that we simply pay attention to our needs along the way. The bible teaches us to “love thy neighbor as thyself.” Are we even taking time to love ourselves?
Life seems to get busier and busier every day. Laundry has to be done, dinner cooked, kids taken to practice. There is no time for the gym! No time to get your hair done! Or is there? I recently watched a TED Talk on time management (see link below) that really helped me realize that we are in charge of our time. We have the power to build self care into our schedule, and we’ll be better off for it. Understandably we all have different things on our plate but we make time for things that have to get done. You spend every moment making sure a child is fed, clothed, loved. What about making sure you’re there on her wedding day? Are you exercising and eating right to keep your risk of heart disease at a minimum so you’ll be around to meet your grandchildren? Making time now for self care is not selfish at all. It’s a necessity. Not only will you feel better and be healthier but you set good examples for those watching.
When you get lost in the day to day shuffle of your many responsibilities don’t forget to ask yourself if you are doing the things that ensure a future for yourself and your family. Go to yoga, eat broccoli, read a book for fun, get a facial. Fill your tank so you can help others fill theirs. We’re all in this together!
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