After boarding a plane, one of the first things you hear from your steward or stewardess is that, in the event of a crash, you are to put your oxygen mask on FIRST before helping even your own children. Why is this? Because you can’t help a single person if you are not ok yourself! Self-care is without a doubt the most important kind of care…it’s also the easiest to ignore and dismiss. Putting ourselves first is something that most of us have to actively work at, and it can be a hard decision when trying to a lot your finances and time to the best places. The best advice that we can give you, is to just do it!
The gentleman pictured above is a prime example of what loving yourself can give you. At 74 years old, Mike here is in better shape than many people under half his age. He knows the value of self-care and has changed his life to incorporate his health and wellbeing as one of his top priorities. As you can see from the first photo to the last, amazing transformations can occur when your mind is set on being healthy and you surround yourself with individuals that support your goals and live their own lives in the same type of fashion. From his yoga instructor, personal trainer, medical team and his family here at Blue Skyes, he is amongst peers who encourage a better lifestyle and more meaningfully spent time.
After being in this industry for over 20 years, we have seen time and time again, that a single good habit, such as treating yourself to a bi-weekly Ionic Foot Detox or never missing your manual stretch session can have long arching effects into the rest of your habits. Did you just burn up a ton of calories in the gym? Why waste all that effort because you want a quick drive-through burger? Did you take time to budget so that you could benefit from massage and corrective appointments? Then you probably are not going to throw away your good work binge-watching television and eating donuts all weekend. On average, it can take over 2 months before something becomes automatic to you and can be considered a habit. That means that you have all that time to fight to stay focused and on goal, and the best way to do that is to surround yourself with positive attitudes and others who have healthy habits as well.
Self-care is not self-centered, it is acknowledging the power that comes from within our own being when we are given power and opportunity to shine our very brightest. When you are the best version of yourself, your potential can surface and surprise even you with how drastically it can affect your life. Do something good for you today, and thank yourself tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that…self-care is a gift that keeps on giving.