When you become a parent it’s a fairly established fact that you fall right to the bottom of the pecking order when it comes daily care and attention. You’re suddenly responsible for a whole other person (and more, if you go on to have other children) and you always think of their needs first. It’s only natural, after all, when they’re very young they rely on you for everything. Once you’ve met your child’s day to day needs you continue down the list; partner, boss, friends, family, pets, not to mention all the household chores that need to be done. But do you ever stop to think about your needs?
I’m sure you’re all aware of the safety message on planes where they tell you, in the case of an emergency, to apply your own face mask first before helping others. As a parent your initial instinct would be to apply your child’s first but if you did that you may pass out and be no further use to your child right when they need you most. It’s an extreme example but one to keep in mind when you are rushing around after everyone else and wearing yourself out. Sooner or later, if you don’t take care of yourself too, you’re going to crash and burn.
“Taking good care of you, means the people in your life will receive the best of you, rather than what’s left of you.” – Carl Bryan
That’s what this series is all about. We’re all busy and we all have a tendency to put everyone else first, but it’s so important to take time to look after yourself as well. I’m not saying you need to be selfish and put yourself first all the time, just take 5-10 minutes out of your day to check-in with yourself, listen to your body, what is it telling you?
Over the course of the next 26 weeks I am going to walk you through a number of small steps you can take and easily fit into your busy schedule that will help you take better care of yourself so that you can keep all those balls you’re juggling in the air.
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Ask for Help
No-one can do it all alone, take some of the pressure off and ask for help wherever you need it. See The Importance of Asking for Help and 16 Quotes about Asking for Help which includes a FREE printable of all quotes.
How often do you really take the time to breathe? Our lifestyles have us all rushing around and breathing has become shallow, leaving us stressed and anxious. Find out how taking a moment to breathe can affect your whole body and how to easily incorporate it into your daily life in Take a Moment to Breathe and 21 Quotes About The Power of Breathing Deeply which again includes FREE printables of all quotes.