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Your Lifeline at 35,000 Feet!

You’re 35,000 feet in the air.

And the stewardess on the plane goes through the safety "schpeel" … here’s how to buckle your belt, here are the exits, etc.

But something else is said that always stands out to me.

If you are with a child or someone else who needs assistance, put YOUR oxygen mask on FIRST…

That’s right, they tell you to help YOU first vs. helping anyone else.

But I have a daughter (who is now 1, I may add), there’s NO WAY I’d help myself first before making sure she is safe as she can possibly be.  Or would I?  Am I just selfish because I’d help myself first, THEN help her?

And why am I talking about any of this since having to use the oxygen masks on a plane clearly means something is going wrong … and who wants to think about that?

It’s all relative and it’s relative to you making changes in your own body. 

Moms in particular are guilty. 

They put EVERYONE and everything else first, before themselves.

Kids.  Spouse.  Friends.  Work.  Cleaning and tidying the house.  And so on.  Finally, at the end of the day, there is ZERO time for themselves.

Day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year, it’s easy to get lost in, well, being a "slave" to everyone around you.

There’s of course no time to workout.  There’s clearly no time to cook and eat a healthy diet.  Next thing you know, you’re 10, 20, or more pounds overweight.  And it seems like such an uphill battle, there’s no light at the end of the tunnel.

It’s time to STOP THE INSANITY! 

First and foremost, take care of YOU first.  Why?  Because you’ll be better at taking care of everyone else.

It’s been told to me before, when mom is happy, everyone is happy!  And I couldn’t agree more.

But take the time to fuel your body with clean foods, not drive thru processed junk.  Plan ahead for you and your family.

Take time to move each day — if that means your kids are at the day care at the gym, fantastic.  Take advantage of that.  We fought it ourselves for awhile, but then it became difficult to manage her and working out.  

Get sufficient rest, so you have more energy and aren’t snippy or short with the kids or others you interact with.

It all can be a vicsous cycle, but at the same time, a little extra "mom" time each day will truly HELP the health of you and your family.

So put your oxygen on first — help yourself, so you can better help everyone else in your life!

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2 Responses to Your Lifeline at 35,000 Feet!

  1. Mark Smallwood June 28, 2010 at 4:25 pm #

    So true….if you can’t help yourself, your’re in no shape to help other. Great post!

  2. Kirsten Haynes June 29, 2010 at 7:30 am #

    I totally agree. How can you even begin to set an example for your children and friends if you aren’t taking care of you.

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