“In the event of a decompression, an oxygen mask will automatically appear in front of you… If you are travelling with a child or someone who requires assistance, secure your mask on first, and then assist the other person. Keep your mask on until a uniformed crew member advises you to remove it.”
If you have flown before, you’ve heard this speech a hundred times. You’ve probably heard it enough times that you can say it along with flight attendant. Now let’s be 100% HONEST, as mothers and parents if those cups came falling down with our children sitting next to us, would we do as instructed? Could we “secure our mask FIRST, then offer assistance?”
Many of us are making this very mistake in our day-to-day lives. We are busy trying to put the oxygen mask on everyone else around us before ourselves. We are running out of breath. Our kids need discipline. Our husbands need our attention. The house needs to be cleaned. Work needs to be done. Dinner needs to be cooked. You’ve tried to be a good best friend to someone who is going through their tenth break up this month, and YOU CAN’T BREATHE!
The reason the flight attendant tells you to place the mask on yourself before offering assistance is so that you can be at your best assisting someone else. As mothers, a huge part of our job is taking care of our families. Quite often, we forget that we have to be at our best in order to help someone else.
When you STOP to take a moment and take care of yourself first, you are able to assess what’s going on around you. You are able to put your priorities in order and determine what’s an emergency or just turbulence.
As active women, we may not always be able to get away and have luxurious weekends away from our husbands and kids. Ask yourself, what is one thing you can do FOR YOU? This is a #MommiesMoment. I’m a huge bath person. I’ll take a bath three times a week for no other reason, but to relax and HIDE. All I need is candlelight, my Ipad, and a cocktail for at least an hour. It’s MY TIME. You have to have YOUR thing. Ask questions or add suggestions here.
Comment Below and share YOUR thing. Maybe it will help someone else find their thing. We all need a little help now and again.