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The Power Of Self Care

Put On Your Own Oxygen Mask First

Imagine life as a long journey on a plane, with each day as a mile flown. The safety instructions to “put your oxygen mask on first before helping others” aren’t just for emergencies—they serve as a crucial metaphor for our everyday lives. Just as a lack of oxygen can make you incapable of helping those around you, neglecting your own health can leave you powerless to support others effectively.

Prioritizing your well-being is not selfish; it is essential. When you care for your body and mind, you ensure that you can be there for your loved ones, contribute meaningfully to your community, and pursue your passions with positive energy. This is the essence of health span—the quality and vitality of the years you live.

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While we may not fully control the length of our lives, we have considerable influence over how well we live those years. By adopting healthy habits, managing stress, and nurturing our mental and physical health, we can enhance our resilience and energy. This proactive self-care means you are better equipped to handle challenges, support others, and live a happier, more fulfilling life.

So, next time you think about skipping your workout, sacrificing sleep, or ignoring your mental health, remember the airplane analogy. Put your oxygen mask on first. Take time for yourself—to breathe deeply, eat right, rest your mind, and stay active. By doing so, you are not just ensuring your own well-being; you are fortifying your ability to be a pillar of strength and support for those around you

Jim Bishop
Cornerstone Clubs


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