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Why do I put myself last?

Monday, January 25, 2016

I guess maybe it's a mom thing, or a woman thing. Maybe even a social worker thing. I tell my clients that they have to put on their own oxygen mask first, like they tell you on an airplane. "If you have small children, put on your own mask first, then tend to them. You can't help anyone if you are passed out." (this is obviously not a direct quote). Why can't I do this in my own life? Why is it so difficult? My needs are never first, often to the detriment of my mental health. I do it knowingly most of the time. I just get stuck.
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  • JCHMASON
    It has took me 18 years before I realize to take care of me to take care of my family and my health issues: anxiety, depression, PTSD and epilepsy.
    1391 days ago
  • BLESSED2BEME
    It took me a very, very long time to learn how to take care of me first but until I did, I just continued my downward spiral with physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health!

    As you probably are already aware given your vocation, identifying that you are doing it is the first step!

    Next step...what small thing can you change and do to take care of you better?
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