When you fly on an airplane, the flight attendant tells you to put your oxygen mask on first, before helping others. Why is this an important rule for ensuring survival? Because without your own oxygen, you can’t help anyone else.
This is an important metaphor for those of you who run around taking care of everything and everyone else except yourself. Running kids to 8 practices this week? Busy working 40+ hours this week? Have so many appointments/meetings/to dos to get done before tomorrow? How do you expect to do it all, when you are so run down, stressed and tired you can’t seem to find any time to yourself?
Schedule YOU First!
If you don’t take care of yourself, you can experience burnout, stress, fatigue, brain fog, health problems, anxiety, frustration, sleeplessness, irritability… Are you experiencing any of these symptoms?
It’s time to let go of the guilt and the excuses, and put your oxygen mask on first by:
Getting more sleep
Fueling your body right
Doing something that YOU enjoy everyday
I’ve heard many say they can’t seem to find time to workout, motivation or energy. The irony is that if they scheduled their time first, they’d find how much more efficient the rest of the day becomes, with an increase in motivation and energy.
Don’t believe me? Try it for 1 week. Trade up 30 minutes of facebook/instagram/twitter time from your morning or afternoon and schedule a workout instead. Put it on your calendar and do not cancel. Whether it’s a walk, run, bike ride, workout class, circuit at the gym, a video at home, playing outside with your kids, just do it. Every time you complete a workout, check it off on that calendar.
Make yourself a priority for 1 week. Did the house fall apart? Did your family starve? Did you miss out on anything? Probably not. But did you feel better each day? Were you able to help others with your extra energy, patience and focus?
Do you regret taking time for you and your health?
I am amazed at some of the crazy busy moms I train weekly that have it all going on and still make their 45 minute sessions. I applaud them. I wish everyone could see how determined they are to take care of themselves knowing that there a million other distractions that could cause them to cancel. But they don’t. And they won’t. Because they know they are just as important as all those distractions.