Cultivating balance in life is the most important act of true love we can express for ourselves. Self-care–an essential survival skill—consists of any activity we pursue deliberately to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical well-being.
Just as you’re told to do on the airplane, in the event of a loss of air pressure, you need to put on your own oxygen mask first before trying to help others.
Many of us have been programmed to take care of others’ needs—in our families, at our jobs or at school/community/church/temple. Yet this often leaves little time for our own needs. Good self-care is key to improved mood and reduced stress. It’s also key to good relationships with ourselves and others, and to success in fulfilling professional and personal commitments.