If you’ve ever been on an airplane, you’ve heard the flight attendants say “Put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others”. You’ve probably also heard this phrase applied to life in general.
But what does that really mean? It means that without taking care of yourself and making sure that all of your bits are operational, it is very hard, if not impossible, to take care of others.
This isn’t a wrong act, or something to feel guilty about. It IS selfish, because you are focusing on yourself, but at the same time, it is selfless because through the act of self care, you can better take care of others. So, let’s call it “self-focused” rather than being selfish.
If you ignore the importance of taking care of yourself and solely focus on taking care of others, the day will come when your health will catch up with you… and then you won’t be able to take care of yourself OR others.
In other words:
Self care is as essential as food or water.