Looking Out for Number One

May 25, 2017 | Cathy

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Despite what the title suggests, this blog post is for all the people who are used to putting the needs of others before their own. Yep, caregivers – I'm talking to you! When flight attendants demonstrate what to do if the cabin pressure in the airplane drops, they mention the importance of you putting on your own oxygen mask first. If you pass out, how can you help your children put on their oxygen masks? 

A few years ago, a friend sent me this video. It depicts the morning craziness for a working mom trying to get her kids off to school and doing a few household chores – all while having a heart attack. I thought it was funny and a bit like my own life but did I slow down and try to take care of myself – of course not! After all, my life motto has always been 'I'll rest when I'm dead'.

But now that I am part of the sandwich generation, taking care of my children and my aging parents, I am forced to deal with my stress levels. It would be oh-so-easy to deal with my stress by treating every day as though it was July 11 and eating lots of junk food, but I try to practice what I preach, everything in moderation. I even signed up for the 21 day Vegan Kickstart. Everyday I received an email telling me what to eat along with simple recipes and motivational advice. I have to admit that I didn't make any of the recipes, but I have been inspired to eat healthier, that is, more fresh vegetables and fruit. 

I also exercise every day.  As I have no time to go to the gym and their fitness class schedules do not fit my schedule, I follow online exercise routines. The work-outs vary in length, (as short as 10 minutes!) and difficulty. I always feel better after exercise, no matter how tired I am at the start. 

Saskia JenningsI am looking forward to Saskia Jennings' presentations at the library. Saskia is a Life and Wellness coach who will discuss how to make your life as a caregiver easier, find balance in your life and make your life a priority.

Hillcrest branch: May 31, 6:30-8:00 pm

Brentwood branch: June 8, 2-4:30 pm


If you can't make either of the presentations, look out for number one (yourself) with the following:



Last but not least, I found the following image online. How would you answer the question?

What do I do for self-care