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?
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!