Lessons · Life

Put On Your Mask First

Phew! It’s been a helluva week. I needed this reminder and so I’m passing it along.

Moms… Dads… Caretakers… People in general! Put on your own mask first

I know the rhetoric.

But I need to do so much. I don’t have time to think about taking care of myself.

But if I don’t do (insert chore/child/responsibility) here, who’s going to do it?

Yeah. And if you go down because you’re not taking care of yourself, who’s going to pick you back up?

One of the best things that happened to me after becoming a mom is I was reminded to mother myself.

The things I was telling my daughter, was I doing them also? Just looking at the kind of food I was giving her. Making sure she had a balanced meal, was showered, fresh clothes, brushed her hair and teeth… Was I doing all these things also?

Or was I just surviving? Making do on coffee and sugar, putting my hair in a ponytail so I didn’t have to look at it, and putting on an outfit that was semi-decent.

When was the last time I put lotion on? Put some effort into looking good? Exfoliated?!

I’m not expecting you to exfoliate (although your skin will feel better if you do!), but what I am saying is…

If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of anyone else.

You can fake it for awhile, but at some point… You’re going to go hide in the bathroom with a pint of ice cream and realize you’re falling apart. (Phish food was my pint of choice.)

Stop before you get to that point! That is NOT a good place to be! No one wants to be on the midnight-pint express. Least of all your scale…



When you feel better about who you are, you treat people better. You’re also teaching your kids that it’s important to have self-worth and to treat yourself right.

Kids do what we DO, NOT what we say.

Look… I’m not saying you have to be ON all the time. What I am saying is, take care of yourself. Mother yourself.

If you wouldn’t let your kids get away with it (how you talk to yourself, how you look at yourself, etc.) then DON’T DO IT.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Okay! Rant over. You may continue with your day. Thanks for reading!


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