Self-Care During Universal Despair

How can I possibly give myself attention, love and care when the world around me is in chaos? I don’t deserve nice things when there are people suffering. I can’t focus on something like self-love when there are people out in the world who don’t have that luxury.

Here’s the thing…

You’ve heard it before, but I’ll say it again. It’s the main thing we retain from our flight attendants during our pre-flight lecture:

In case of emergency, you must put the oxygen mask on yourself before anyone else. You’re certainly no help to anyone if you asphyxiate and become unconscious.

When you continue to practice self-love and self-care while the world is on edge, you are a more conscious and helpful resource. It isn’t selfish, in fact it’s incredibly helpful and necessary. It takes immense strength to take what you need when there appears to be nothing. The more you lower stress in your own life, the more you can clear space in your mind to allow for creative ideas and solutions. The more space you allow to love and relax, the more you are capable of caring for others. If you’re cup isn’t full, you’ll have nothing to give.

This starts a cycle of care. When you give to yourself, you can give to others and the more you give to others, the more you gain. Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best:

“It is one of the beautiful compensations in life is that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping themselves.”

Care for yourself. Spread the love.

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