Put Your Oxygen Mask On First

You know when you’re on a flight and the flight attendant (or more likely the safety video) says to put your oxygen mask on first before assisting others with theirs?  This same principle relates to your everyday life.  You can’t expect to help others if you don’t first help yourself.

At first this may sound selfish, but if you dig a little deeper you will realize that it’s the furthest thing from it.  If anything, not thinking this way is selfish.

Every day you wake up you prepare for the day ahead.  You do what you need to do to take care of yourself so you are mentally, physically and emotionally centered.  When you actually begin interacting with family members, coworkers or even strangers on the street you are in the right mindset to deliver your best.  You are giving those around you the greatest gift you have to offer – the best person you can be.

If you commit to take care of yourself first you will be better prepared to help others around you.  So don’t be a afraid to put yourself first.  And don’t be afraid to help yourself be who you want to be before you help anyone else – the people who matter will understand and thank you.

You can start putting yourself first today by taking 15 minutes every morning to devote to something that helps you.  It could be writing in a journal, reading a few pages in a book, listening to music, planning out your action list for the day or it could be staring at the wall for 15 minutes.  It doesn’t matter what it is it only matters that it makes you better for yourself and subsequently better for those around you.


2 comments so far

  1. Thomas on

    Great advice, as I’m typing this my plane is going down and my mask is on my face. I’ll let you know how

  2. WK on

    Need some advice … I’ll put my mask on first in case of emergency. But what do I do if i have two faces? Put a mask both masks on me?

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