I think you’ll agree that I believe it’s important to take care of your loved ones. Hopefully, you’ll be lucky enough to spend the rest of your life with your best friend as I have with Dad, and of course, you’ll want to be there for your partner. In addition, if you have children, you’ll be fiercely protective of them as you should be. And beyond that, you’ll feel responsibility for parents, extended family, and even special friends.
Today I want to remind you that despite the fact you may feel the need to take care of those you love, you need to make sure you take care of yourself and make sure you take care of your needs. I know you’ve all heard the announcements made by flight attendants regarding emergency procedures on airplanes. They always instruct passengers flying with children to use the oxygen masks themselves before helping their children. This is essential. It isn’t possible to take care of your child in this emergency situation if you haven’t taken care of yourself, but people need to be reminded of this fact.
A mother bear would never make this mistake. The mother bear always eats first because she instinctively knows that if she doesn’t survive, her cubs have no chance at survival. Unfortunately, bears seem to be smarter than people in this respect.
Let the mother bear teach you a lesson. Take care of yourself.
- Eat – not just junk, but healthy food, you’ll feel better.
- Sleep – as hard as this may be, in order to feel well, you must sleep – it’s even been proven that lack of sleep causes illness, weight gain, and lack of mental clarity.
- Exercise – even a short walk, stretching at your desk, or doing a few minutes of exercise when you get up in the morning will give you more energy.
- Meditate – ok, don’t “meditate” but give your brain a break – sit quietly for a few minutes every day. Meditation can lower blood pressure, stress, and can even reduce pain.
While I think it’s important to take care of your loved ones, it’s essential that you make yourself your top priority. Only when you’re at your best, can you truly be there for others! So remember, you’re #1!