Today’s post is topped and tailed by two recently heard versions of the same scenario.
“It is important that you fit your own oxygen mask before assisting others.”
How often have we heard those words as our plane taxis toward take-off?
Fitting our own oxygen mask first is about safeguarding those self-care strategies that sustain us even when life becomes increasingly time pressured. Life is busy, work can be demanding and effectively juggling commitments to achieve work-life balance is an art.
The concern for those with high achieving and perfectionist personalities is that they achieve their goals at their own expense. When Super Busy ramps up to Super Crazy-Busy, the high achievers, perfectionists and high achieving perfectionists commonly (but not always) place themselves at the bottom of an ever lengthening ‘To Do’ list.
Are you even on your ‘To Do’ list?
Three Self-Care strategies we need to make a priority on our personal To Do’ list if we are to replenish our resources:
· Eat lunch today. Do not cheat and skip lunch or eat it at your desk. Stop and move away from your desk
· Hydrate with filtered water. Still or spring. Add some lemon, lime, berries to flavour if you prefer.
· Exercise and move more. Go for a brisk 15-minute walk or run during your lunch break. If you get stuck in traffic do some upper body stretches.
Some days we succeed and some days we struggle with Self-Care and that is OK. Remember to be kind to yourself today.
And the other version of the same scenario?
“Always fit your own oxygen mask first before assisting others.”
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