In the event of an emergency, secure your oxygen mask before helping others.
Flight attendants give some of the world’s best advice, don’t they?
It’s not only a great plan at 38,000 feet.
You should try it at home.
Lately, our lives have never been so stressful or teetering on the edge of an emergency.
We are worried about protecting the health of our families.
We stress about the status of our employment.
We are obsessed with stocking our pantries with pasta and beans as we hoard toilet paper.
We watch the news and await the impending doom as the holidays creep closer.
Once again, it’s the most wonderful time of the year when people spend money they don’t have to buy things they don’t need.
I’m getting anxious just writing about it!
I’ve talked to a lot of people who are feeling overwhelmed right now.
And that’s why it’s crucial to put your physical, mental, and emotional needs at the top of your list. Because how can you be an asset or a crutch to anyone if you are falling apart?
First, acknowledge the way you’re feeling. It’s like calling out the white elephant in the room. Admitting you are upset or overwhelmed or angry or scared or whatever it is, takes the power of that down a notch or two. Do this before anything else. It makes all my other tips easier. Trust me.
Second, reach out to someone who is understanding and will listen without trying to fix things. Everyone needs a good listener in their life.
Third, take one day at a time. The overwhelm is overwhelming when you look too far ahead. Stay in the moment. All you can control is the present.
Finally, stick with your healthy habits. If you don’t have any, create some! One of the most important things you can do is keep your body hydrated, well-nourished, and moving. Remember, moving your body makes a difference in your thoughts. Whenever I feel stressed, a brisk walk or a workout gives me a new perspective. Your mindset is an essential tool for a positive outlook.
You guys, if the pilot can’t fly the plane, the plane is grounded. You are the pilot of your life. First and foremost, take care of you. Tis the season!
Cheers to YOU!