You know how when you’re on an airplane, there’s always a safety warning before take-off? What are they telling you? They’re saying In the event of an emergency, put the oxygen mask on yourself first –THEN you can help others. Yet so many people, when life gets stressful, chaotic, or when tragedy strikes, they think that it’s their duty to help everyone else but themselves.
This is an important metaphor for those of you who are out of balance, running around taking care of everything and everyone leaving the most important person out of the equation: YOU.
It’s time to let go of the guilt and the excuses and put on your oxygen mask.
To avoid burnout, managing our self-care is key to maintaining our happiness, our physical health, and most importantly, our mental health. This requires consciously planning our days to include time to attend to our own needs and to make that time a priority. If we don’t, we eventually won’t be able to care for others.
Try scheduling time for yourself like a meeting that you cannot cancel or reschedule. Make it a must! Otherwise, you will wind up getting resentful with those around you because you aren’t filling yourself back up.
Airplanes have sensors to protect against oxygen deprivation. Fortunately, so do we: our loved ones. If they are seeing signs of “oxygen deprivation” in our life, signs that we have not taken the time to notice ourselves — it’s time for a change, not time to fight the feedback. Balance, after all, is like oxygen. We need it to survive.
Here are some ways to ease your way back into balance.
Don’t just talk about change. If you are feeling stagnant, overwhelmed and just not overly fulfilled — make a plan for a shift. Decide today if you’ll accept life as it is OR if you’ll start living life on your own terms, with more energy, time with loved ones and time for the things that really matter. The longer you wait to create your future, the shorter it will be when it arrives. Where do you need to surrender your cape and ask for help?
To your success!
Originally published at magazine.vunela.com