Ever thought about what they say in the safety message when you take a trip on an airplane. And how it applies to life outside that flight? I have.
They say something like, ‘In the unlikely event we lose oxygen. Oxygen masks will drop down from above your seat. Place the mask over your mouth and nose. Make sure that your own mask is on first before helping others.’
Why do they say this? Because when we must take care of ourselves first before we are able to take care of others.
Imagine in the plane, if the person next to you was struggling and then you helped them, now you are suddenly struggling. And the both of you panic and can’t figure it out. It can happen so quickly.
Self-care starts and ends with God and His will for our lives.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
I love that, ‘be transformed by the renewing of your mind.’ And of course ‘His good, pleasing and perfect will.’
Truly trusting God and His will for my life is transforming. I’ve seen it first hand in others and I’ve lived it.
Self care does not come easy to me. For a long time, I ran until I was empty having nothing left for myself. Self care sounded selfish. I wasn’t getting my my needs met so I’d fill up all of my time with taking care of others. In all parts of life.
But now I have a new perspective. I need to put my own oxygen mask on. I need to fill myself up with healthy habits. We can’t pour from an empty cup.
Attending meetings is part of my weekly self-care routine. I’m a better me and am able to serve my family, friends, Church, Celebrate Recovery and work. Prayer and journaling daily are also part of my routines. I guess it’s living Steps 10-12 or Celebrate Recovery Principles 8 and 9.
Ready to take some action steps and make self care a priority? Tell me about it!
My journey to serenity continues…