I was discussing with a client the concept of the airplane oxygen mask. In the instructions, they specifically tell you to put your mask on first and then help others. This is counterintuitive to all parents, however, the concept is a sound one. If you help others first, you do not take care of yourself and you run the risk of running out of oxygen. This would lead to your inability to help anyone else.

Only if you take care of yourself can you be assured that you will have enough oxygen to continue to help those that rely on you.

The same is true for basic self-care. You need to take care of your mental and emotional health first before you are able to help everyone around you. If you metaphorically run out of oxygen, you are no longer able to help anyone.

Have you put on your own oxygen mask lately? or are you running out of air trying to take care of everyone else first?

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