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These words are uttered to over a million people every day of the year; day after day, year after year.  Every minute or so, somewhere on the planet, a captive audience is being instructed that “in case of an emergency, and the oxygen masks descend, put your own mask on first before helping others around you.”  It is likely that you have been on a plane and heard this announcement before or even heard it so many times you have learned to tune it out.

Maybe you have been one of the lucky ones to have your in-flight instructions set to music and dance by the flight crew, or turned into a hilarious comedy routine like the recent Southwest flight that went viral; I am still waiting for that delight myself.  But regardless of how it is presented, or even if you pay attention, the instruction contains a timeless universal truth:  Taking basic care of yourself allows you to take better care of others.  This is the foundation of self-care.

Do you find yourself frantically doing for others—employees, children, clients, programs, patients, deadlines, students, aging parents or sick loved-one—and usually only slowing down when your limited oxygen supply taps out, landing you in bed sick? Because being sick is the only legitimate reason you can care for yourself, right?

Do you find yourself frantically doing for others—employees, children, clients, programs, patients, deadlines, students, aging parents or sick loved-one—and usually only slowing down when your limited oxygen supply taps out, landing you in bed sick?
People that truly love their lives know self-care is not a luxury—it is essential.  Try this with me.  Take a deep breath in.  Now breathe out.  Breathe out again.  Just keep breathing out.  Are you turning blue yet?  Okay, back to normal breathing.  There is a model even in the nature of breath for the balance between caring for the self and others.  Breathing in is caring for the self; breathing out is caring for those around us.

There is a flow and right order, breathing in first, then out.  As we give ourselves regular care first, it sustains our ability to then properly care for others.  Practicing self-care is as essential as breathing for those that want to live well.

Imagine your very best self.  How would you look and feel if you were in your peak state of mind, body, heart and spirit?  Practicing self-care will help get you there.  We are diving deep into the waters of self-care over the next several weeks to examine what it takes to truly build a strong foundation for creating a life you are excited about, which not only serves you, but those you love.

To Your Great Life!

Becky

Becky Henderson
Becky Henderson
I am a catalyst to uncover the blocks and barriers getting in your way of creating the life you desire. Together we can transform the obstacles into opportunities. I listen to what you say…and what you do not say. Similar to a mirror, I show you what you cannot see on your own right now, and tell you what is necessary to create the results you are looking for. I value who you are and where you want to go in life.
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