Are you helping yourself first?
If you have ever traveled on an airplane you’ll know that there is a Health and Safety policy for the airline and cabin crew to go through before taking off.
It’s your typical “in case of an emergency, do the following things” talk or video.
You’ll notice typical “brace positions” and “seat belt” warning signs, but you’ll also notice the classical “oxygen masks” drop process as well.
If you have ever paid proper attention to the part about when they talk about the oxygen masks dropping, you’ll know that they always say to “put your masks on first, before helping young ones or others”.
This often gets overlooked, and to be fair if I ever got into a position where I had to follow this process then I would naturally want to help my kids first, call it natural instincts or parent intuition, but my natural reaction would be to do that.
Now the practical side of me would do exactly as the health and safety video suggests “put my mask on first” because it makes perfect sense to me, how can I really help my kids without first helping myself, and that’s where I want to lead this particular blog.
You see, for the most part, most of us are in the business of wanting to help others and do right by supporting those close to us, especially as parents or caregivers. But as the title suggests, “are you helping yourself first?".
Recently I found myself overworked, due to over commitment of projects and other tasks. Now I pride myself in helping others, my whole business model is circulated around that very concept.
But in order for me to be effective and do my job to the best of my ability I need to be able to know that I’m in the best mindset, attitude and physical state, otherwise my mission and goals won’t be executed correctly.
Similarly with the “dropping of masks” analogy we need to be able to help ourselves first. We cannot help others unless we look after ourselves both mentally, emotionally and physically.
This concept of putting your needs first and ensuring you are “all good” is not easy, especially if your natural state of mind is to be supportive and helpful.
But the reality is, if you don’t regularly aim to help yourself first you risk putting yourself and others at risk!
Short term you maybe successful, but long term is where you’ll see it impact you the most.
So, think about it like this, you don't need a "dropping of the oxygen masks" scenario to get you to think about helping yourself first, instead create a habit of looking after yourself on a regular basis, rather than waiting for it to build up forcing you to make a drastic change.
As always, feel free to drop me a line anytime, happy to chat, happy to help at firstname.lastname@example.org
Till next time,
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