Do you ever pay attention to the safety announcements on an airplane before takeoff?
When the flight attendant gets the part about “sudden change in cabin pressure” they will then instruct you on what to do with the oxygen masks that will fall from above the passenger seats.
There’s one point, in particular, that’s important to highlight:
If you are traveling with a child or someone who requires assistance, secure your mask on first, and then assist the other person.
Why do they say this?
If you run low on oxygen, you will likely panic and possibly even pass out. Then you are completely useless to the person next to you who is in a similar state and is actually relying on you to function properly.
Then there are two passengers in trouble.
There will always be others in your life relying on you at different points of your life. Your elderly parents, your children, your spouse, a dear friend in need. Don’t forget about your boss, your coworkers, even your customers or your own employees.
How can you make sure they are getting the best help possible from you?
By being the best you possible.
That only happens if you put your “healthy mask” on first and take care of your mind and your body before you can properly take care of someone else.
Visualize an oxygen mask has just dropped down in front of you right now.
What action can you take today that represents putting it on?