Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Put Your Oxygen Mask on First!

Is there an emergency drill? There certainly must be an airplane emergency, if you're having to put your mask on first! No, this is just my reminder that we need to take care of ourselves first before we can help others. You know, put your oxygen mask on first before you help the child next to you. So, from where you stand now, are you doing this? Are you taking care of yourself in the midst of the annual holiday chaos?

Holiday To Dos

1) Breathe. Take a moment to breathe. There is nothing as simple as taking a long, deep breath, but when was the last time you really took a long deep breath? Most of us run around breathing shallowly and not getting oxygen deep down into our belly. Try it.. you might like it! Start off slow though if you aren't used to it so your lungs can get used to the increased oxygen.

2) Get some fresh air and sunlight (if you have some!). If it's cold outside, bundle up and head on out. Enjoy the crispy air.

3) Smile. Look at a loved one and smile at him or her. It doesn't matter if we're talking about a significant other, a child, or a pet, or even your worst neighbor or coworker! Positive energy can transfer to others and can only serve to lift you up.

4) Get physical. You can take this however way you want - it's about moving your body in a good way. Physical movement and physical touch are things our physical bodies all crave, and setting off endorphins naturally is a great way to feel good throughout the season!

Luckily, this holiday season has not been crazy for me at all, but I have realized with all the best intentions in the world, that I have not been able to update my blog every week - as I had originally intended once I switched jobs at the end of November. I am happy to say that I have been taking care of myself more. Eating healthy has not been a problem for me, but relieving stress and getting exercise, fresh air and sunlight have been. So putting my mask on first has been taking care of the physical elements my body has been craving.

What ways are you putting your mask on first?