Self Care is a Gift

Any one who has traveled by plane knows that in case of an air pressure drop, first you put on your yellow oxygen mask, then you can help the person next to you.  The reason is simple, you will be of little use to the person next to you if you have passed out in a valiant but misguided attempt at trying to be helpful while ignoring your own oxygen needs.  This is a great metaphor for remembering that taking care of yourself ought to be one of your top priorities.  You can not, to the best of your ability, serve others if you have not first fully supported yourself.

In this way, your self-care can be seen as a something that positively affects you and the people around you.  It’s a gift to yourself that everyone benefits from.  Conversely, abusive thoughts or behavior towards oneself not only have broad negative effects on your own health and happiness but also on those around you.

Can you make note of the times you sacrifice your own needs for others, or when you catch yourself being mean or abusive to yourself?  See if you can take the opportunity instead to love and care for yourself.  You are an example to all those around you!  I think Jim Rohn sums it up quite nicely:

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Warsaw’s Secret Blog
    Apr 24, 2013 @ 00:35:04

    Love this post – so, so true. Sometimes we forget that being healthy for others so that we can help them is much more helpful than sacrificing ourselves to the point that we have nothing left to give.

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  2. Warsaw’s Secret Blog
    Apr 24, 2013 @ 00:36:41

    Reblogged this on Warsaw’s Secret Fitness Blog and commented:
    This is a great and very thoughtful post. Being kind and gentle to ourselves should be first priority 🙂 Enjoy reading!

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  3. Warsaw’s Secret Blog
    Apr 24, 2013 @ 00:58:51

    I reblogged this on my blog 🙂

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  4. Amy Huebner Health Coach
    Apr 24, 2013 @ 01:42:06

    So happy you enjoyed my post and have shared it with your readers!!

    Reply

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