Are You Taking Time for Daily Self-Care?

When preparing for takeoff, a flight attendant will guide passengers through the safety features of the plane. Important information is taught, such as where the exits are located, how to use the seat cushion as a floatation device, and what to expect should the cabin lose pressure. In the event of pressure loss, oxygen masks will descend from the ceiling and be available for use. The attendant explains that adults must place the mask on themselves before helping their children. This is an excellent analogy for self-care. Self-care isn't about being selfish by keeping resources from others. Self-care is all about taking care of your important needs so that you have the capacity to care for others without hurting yourself.

Self-care is the act of taking care of yourself in whatever way necessary to meet your needs and make a restorative impact for yourself in any area of your life. That may sound like a tall order, but active self-care is vital for preventing fatigue and burnout....

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