Too many of us sacrifice our self-care to be of service to others. Not even realizing it, we teach our children to do the same by example. We teach them that it is selfish to focus on your own needs first. That it is altruistic to sacrifice your time and energy in the service of others.
Now don’t get me wrong – being of service is important. But not at the expense of your depleted energy. I liken it to the air bags on an airplane. They give us specific instruction we must put our airbag on first before helping someone else because if we run out of breath, we cannot be of service to anyone else. Therefore, we must put our airbag on first to guarantee we have enough air supply flowing to then be of service to others.
This is the same with our life force energy. In order to be fully present in service to others, we first must have our energy tank at full capacity.
Keeping That Tank Full
There are four main categories that keep our energy elevated that we need in our daily routine.
- Diet - our modern world always seems to be focusing on sacrificing some food group in hopes to look a certain way. For my purposes, I equate it to eating whole foods – fresh fruits and vegetables instead of man-made GMO food. Also, drink half your body weight in water.
- Exercise – not everybody has the same idea of what exercise should look like due to schedules & preferences. Getting your body moving for 30 minutes a day is a win!
- Sleep – a minimum of eight hours is the recommendation but you know what your body needs to perform. As long as you allow enough time to feel refreshed, the number doesn’t matter!
- Meditation – not necessarily meaning you sit in a lotus pose for an hour. What I mean is taking time out each day to quiet the mind. Even five minutes can reboot your energy!
Growing up my mom did almost everything for us. She did this out of love for us but there is great learning in doing. Our kids watch every move we make. They follow by example. I know as a mom this is a relief because I can’t count the number of times my boy’s eyes have glazed over while I was trying to teach a great life lesson, while all he heard was preachin’!
- Have your kiddo help plan the week’s menu and go grocery shopping. You can help navigate them to healthier choices and also teach about sticking to the script!
- Find an exercise your kiddo likes to do with you. I started with a Thanksgiving Gobble Jog and now we run together.
- Setting a proper bedtime shows them the importance of sleep and sticking to the routine sets everyone up for success the following day!
- Meditating together not only gets them comfortable with silence, you can bond as well afterwards by sharing what thoughts arose and what you learned from them.
As Sam Owen said - How we care for ourselves gives our brain messages that shape our self-worth. So, we must care for ourselves in every way, every day!
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