There’s a reason we always tell you to put your oxygen mask on first. If you don’t take care of yourself, how can you take care of the other important people in your life? What do you do for self care? Share your ideas in the comments below!
Taking time for self care can be a big challenge, especially if you travel for work. As a flight attendant, I fly a schedule and a half, which means I spent 120 hours in the air each month. My workday begins when the aircraft door is closed. Some crew members even commute to get to their base airports, requiring them to fly just to get to work.
Even if you’re not traveling for work, most of us are juggling a lot: Kids, elderly parents, a second job and/or commuting in any form all cause added stress to our lives. Self care can be a challenge. Here are a few tips from me, my fellow crew members, and even my mom(!) about ways to put you first.
My Top 3 Tips for Self Care
Self Care Tips from My Mom
Advice on Self Care from Fellow Flight Attendants
A More Spiritual Perspective
- Your time is the most precious of anything on this earth. Do not spend it with people who do not bring value or support your value or in whom you do not want to invest.
- Go outside of your comfort zone… Really separating and enjoying new people and experiences. Reading, podcasts, and classes.
- Do what makes you happy. What makes you feel good and smile. As with anything, compromise–but not compromise when you do not have a backbone or are a doormat.
- Know life is not perfect. No journey is a straight shot. Do not compare your life to others. BIG LESSON for me.
- Meditate and pray. Breathe. Anytime anywhere.
- Be cool. Being cool when you want to react negatively for me is self care. It shows compassion and the need to not always be right.
- Be now. The present is where it is at.
- Eat well. Fuel well. Most of the time.
- Keep in check. Look around and look at yourself. See the blessings in life. Keep yourself in check by looking yourself in the mirror. If you see you are off the path get back on, but be easy with yourself.
- The most important time you spend is with yourself. Get that shit right. Not perfection ever… Keep working on yourself everyday, big and small things. Perfection is not the answer
- Love the people in your life — it comes back. That is self care. Love is it!!!
You know what you need for self-care. Finding the balance is the hard part, but you have the skills and support to figure it out. Turn off your phone for an hour, if you have to. And be sure to schedule some downtime.
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