If you are traveling with a child or someone who requires assistance, secure your mask on first, and then assist the other person.
We have all heard the instruction every time we fly. Truth is, rarely does anyone pay attention to the safety instructions on a plane anymore (except maybe Jessica — she likes to be prepared for anything), but this one is important for life, not just for flying.
As moms, we are so used to doing EVERYTHING for our children:
“What show do you want? What do you want for breakfast? Where are your shoes? Do you need to pee? I don’t know where your favorite shirt is. Do you have your books for school? I’m sorry I forgot the pears at the store (this just happened to me today), but we have apples and kiwis. Nope, you only want the pears that we don’t have. Great.”
It is literally never ending. But, if we do not take care of ourselves, we will not be able to physically or emotionally care for our children. When I run and exercise regularly, I have the oxygen I need to go on. I am a better mom, I have more patience, and I can deal with the daily challenges (frustrations?).
When I do not have time to run, I physically feel the difference. I snap more; I’m more likely to yell; and I just don’t feel like myself. Sometimes fitting in a run is not easy, believe me, I get it, but even just a short 10 minute run can make all the difference to just chill out a bit. I have learned that I NEED to make time for myself to exercise. It is akin to oxygen for me. Without it, I cannot give my children the assistance and guidance they need and the “me” that they need.