Self-Care: Is it for me?

“In case of change in cabin pressure… secure your own mask first before assisting others.” 

This is part of the required instructions given on any flight.

But wait… would it not make more sense to first attend to the child next to you or the person who needs more help? 

Truth is, if you are in a panic yourself, or struggling to breath, you will not be able to save the other person. But if you can first fix your mask, it becomes easier to take care of others. 


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Self-compassion is about fixing your own mask first!

It is important to fix your mask first - that is, to build your own capacity so you can be more productive and able to help others; you are then able to empathize.


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Stress

Stress is all around us; and especially during pandemics like Covid-19. No one is spared from stress, including children. 

Stress is like burning heat all around us, demanding we find a way to escape or find relief for ourselves from the discomfort. 

As a result, we may adopt healthy or unhealthy ways of coping with stress. Do you use healthy and unhealthy ways to cope with stress? 


Self-care- Enhancing Quality of Life

  • Are you aware of the positive things that re-energize you?
  • What is your safe space? 
  • What gives you that mental, physical, and spiritual energy boost? 


Animals prioritize self-care. For example, after hunting, lionesses take time to rest and also play with their cubs. Elephants and other animals will look for ways to refresh themselves.   

But what about us? Are we Self-Compassionate? Do you create time for self-care?

Self-compassion means extending ‘self-love’. This is different from being selfish.

It is proactively planning and engaging in activities that will take care of your physical, mental, social, and spiritual wellbeing. 


Reflect on the following:

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Self-care also involves how we define ourselves

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Self-Care: What Kind of Relationship do you have with yourself?

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