It’s become almost a cliché example, but it rings true: When you get on an airplane, the flight attendants go through the safety procedures. They tell you if the plane experiences a change in cabin pressure and oxygen masks are needed, you should always put your own mask on before trying to assist any children or individuals with special needs.
This concept is counter-intuitive for most people. Humans are wired to be compassionate and empathetic and to help others. But if you don’t put your mask on first you won’t be around long enough to help anyone else.
HWC can help you re-learn how to put yourself first. Taking care of yourself isn’t selfish, it’s necessary for your survival. Maybe this means taking time out to get a massage. Maybe you need some help creating healthy boundaries with friends, family, or work. Maybe you could benefit from The Daring Way groups offered at HWC, which will help you create new habits and literally allow you to take time each week for yourself during group time. Maybe you need someone to help you create a plan to find more balance in your life.
At HWC, we know firsthand how difficult it is to take good care of yourself. It’s a decision you have to keep making every day—to put yourself first. HWC can help you make plans, provide accountability, and provide encouragement to put yourself first. We would love to help you—just as soon as we put our own oxygen masks on.
“True self-care is not salt baths or chocolate cake; it is making the choice to build a life you don’t need to regularly escape from.” –Brianna Wiest