I love to travel. In fact, I’ve been doing a lot of traveling lately, so I could probably recite to you the Flight Attendant’s speech. If you ask nicely, I might even throw in the motions!
There is a portion of that speech that is very important.
The fight attendant instructs you to put your oxygen mask on first BEFORE helping your neighbor.
If you aren’t getting oxygen to your body, you are unable to help anyone around you.
It isn’t often that you are put in a position to place a mask onto someone’s face so that they can breathe. Let’s put this in a different context….
My job, my goal in life, is to help people.
I help other VAs by giving them an opportunity to work with amazing clients.
I help clients find time that they didn’t even know existed.
If I don’t stop and take care of myself, then I will not be able to assist my clients and serve my VA team to the best of my abilities. Now, I’m not saying that you need a nap every day, although that would be nice! What I am saying is that if you don’t take time to pause every now and then you will become exhausted, burnt out and impatient.
Here are some simple ways to take care of yourself…
This might seem mediocre. “Come on, Trivinia! We need solid advice”. Well Friend, let me put it like this. If you’re #hangy , nobody’s getting anything! Even if it’s just 10 minutes, stop and eat something. You’ll think better, be more productive and let’s face it…. you’ll be nicer!
This is a hard one! I have a husband and 4 kids, so when I decide to treat myself to something, I feel a twinge of guilt. I should be home caring for my children. Feeding them and loving them as only “I” can do. Then I remind myself that my precious family falls into the helping others category. I’m a better Mom and Wife when I’m well rested and have taken a little “Me time”. It can be something as small as making a Target run by yourself or treating yourself to a massage you found on Groupon. It doesn’t have to be grand, just something to give yourself a break.
More than anything, people want to know that you care. Take time this week to reach out to someone and let that person know how much they mean to you. It could be a client that has turned out to be a great ally to have in your business or a family member that has supported you from the beginning. When you take time to thank the people around you, if fills up your soul.
The discipline of carving out time isn’t an easy one, but it’s absolutely necessary.
Let’s ditch the guilt and remember the lesson from the Flight Attendant.
Apply your oxygen before assisting others.