Fit your own Oxygen Mask
Self-care is incredibly important but we tend to put it right at the bottom of the "to-do" list in our increasingly busy lives. However, that's so self-defeating, because if you don't look after yourself, how can you look after others effectively? Our bodies and minds are incredibly complex pieces of engineering and like just like any machine, they do need maintenance and looking after to work at full capacity.
In my past life as cabin crew, I was used to seeing the safety demonstration on board the plane and the bit that I think is a great example of the importance of looking after yourself is the advice that "in a decompression, fit your OWN oxygen mask before you help anyone else to" - vital, I'd say! Self-care is exactly the same.
Take some time now to think about how you practice self-care - is it going for a walk? Meeting friends? Writing? Spending sometime taking part in a hobby that is just for you? It doesn't have to be expensive or massively time consuming - just doing something that gives you a sense of wellbeing and contentment.
If you are now thinking of reasons about why you still don't have time to set aside to look after you, perhaps just spend a few minutes in a quiet place thinking about why not.
Your body and mind are fantastic, unique and worth the maintenance.
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