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It’s All About Me

It’s all about me, and it should be. I know that sounds a little self-absorbed, but hear me out: If I don’t make it about me how can I help you? Put yourself first so you can be your best self for others.

The day before turkey day is rumored to be the busiest travel day of the year. If you are flying this holiday you will likely hear the following announcement:

“In case of sudden cabin pressure change, oxygen masks will drop down from above your seat. Place the mask over your mouth and nose, like this. Pull the strap to tighten it. If you are traveling with children, make sure that your own mask is on first before helping your children.”

As much as we may hate airlines these days (especially during holiday travel), this is practical advice. You should take care of yourself first. Sounds selfish, but it’s not; in fact, this is advice we should follow in our daily lives. If you don’t take the time to check in with yourself and make sure you’re doing okay how can you take care of anyone else? When you are rested and recharged, you have more patience and stamina, and you think more creatively about problems to be solved. Everybody wins.

I take care of myself by recharging when I am drained; it could be as simple as taking a few minutes to meditate or enjoying a glass of my favorite bourbon with a friend.  No matter how much time I take for myself, I know that after I put myself first, I’m able to give others my best.  Repeat after me…It’s all about me.

“It’s not selfish, but selfless to be first, to be as good as possible to you, to take care of you, to keep you whole and healthy, that doesn’t mean that you disregard everything and everyone, but you gotta keep your cup full.” – Iyanla Vanzant

How do you plan on putting yourself first this weekend?