Put Your Oxygen Mask on First

BY DEBBY SIEGEL, MSA, RYT

PHOTOS BY MICHELLE THOMAS

 

It’s an often used analogy, airlines urging caregivers to secure their own oxygen mask before helping those needing assistance. It is refreshing to know that it is necessary to remind people that in a dire situation such as an airplane losing oxygen, to think of oneself first. It’s good to know that our first instinct might be to make sure others are safe before looking after ourselves.

With so many disruptions in our societal fabric these days and the ramifications everywhere, it is time to put on our masks and breathe in the rich air, then turn to help others who may not be able to reach theirs or understand how to access theirs.

Take Care of You:

Maintain your energy so that you may continue to connect with your web of people – those who need you and those you need. Energy requires sleep, healthy diet, and some exercise. It also feeds on creative outlets. Here are some ways you might recharge:

  • Put the baby in a stroller and go for a walk
  • Go apple picking
  • Nap
  • Journal
  • Listen to music
  • Play an instrument
  • Sing
  • Commute by bike
  • Paint
  • Color
  • Draw
  • Yoga
  • Garden
  • Read a book
  • Hug for 20 seconds or more
  • Chant a Mantra

Chanting a Mantra:

Remember that you are a part of the universe and can positively impact all of creation. We can radiate a prayer of love for the world around us through chanting mantras. Chanting is an audial mediation and a vibratory healing. Here’s a chant we’ve been singing in this time of need in our world: Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu. It is ancient Sanskrit and means, “May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.” If you’d like an example to follow along, play this YouTube video:

Thank you for taking time to read our words and for choosing a few of the self-care items on this list to make sure you have enough to give to your network. If you have any ideas to add, please email us: debby@yogogirls.com.

We are planning YoGoGirls’ 2nd Annual Labyrinth Peace Ceremony in November again at Robert Robert N. Kohn Memorial Labyrinth on the grounds of Missouri Baptist Medical Center. Stay tuned to our social media for the date and time announced soon.

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