I learned so many things through my “Biggest Loser” experience. And Jillian Michaels made a profound impact on my life. One of the most powerful truths she instilled in me (and all of us who were trained by her) was that “self” is not a bad word. Sometimes in the society we live in, we are made to feel like it is.
I’m thinking particularly in my role as a mom, it is essential (most of the time) to put my kids before myself. But I heard a great analogy today that reinforced the opinion that you don’t have to be self-ISH to make yourself a healthy priority. And I think there’s a big difference.
Think about when you are ready for take off on an airplane. The flight attendant says, “If you are traveling with a child or someone who requires assistance, secure your mask first, and then assist the other person.”
Wow, how true is that! In other words, if we are not getting enough “oxygen” for ourselves how can we possibly be healthy and high-functioning for others?
What is your oxygen? Maybe it’s quiet time alone to gather your thoughts as each day begins. Or maybe it’s going for a run to get the endorphins in your brain pumping. It could be taking the time to plan healthy menus, or reading a really great book, or soaking in a hot tub. Or maybe it’s something as simple as sitting out on the porch at the end of the day and reflecting, or praying, or just listening.
Whatever the oxygen is in your life…I encourage you to “grab your oxygen mask first” – and by taking care of yourself, you will be so much better prepared to help those whom you love the most!