I recently attending a talk by the mental health charity MIND. It was a fascinating talk in general and I’ll continue to share bits of advice on here and via my Facebook and Twitter accounts. But it was this bit of advice that really stayed with me: “Responding to mental health is like being on a plane – you have to put your oxygen mask on first before you can help others.”

This is a great metaphor, and means the same thing as ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup’. So often we give all our energy to ensuring that the people around us are ok. We worry about our friends, family, partners, children, even pets, and when we’re so busy checking that our network are doing ok it’s easy to forget to check in with ourselves. And that’s when we run the risk of burning out.

When you push yourself to the limit and give everything you have (and more) to your work and your network, and don’t stop to recharge, you will eventually run out of battery and then feel worse when you have nothing left to give.

Think of that aeroplane. If you don’t get your oxygen mask on quickly enough you cannot help anyone else. If you get yours sorted first, you then have everything you need to help everyone around you. It isn’t selfish to put your own well-being first; it is in fact necessary so you can then contribute to the well-being of others.

I know I need to take this advice on board myself, as I can’t offer hypnotherapy or coaching to my clients in Muswell Hill and East Finchley if I’m run down and out of energy. By not looking after myself I’d be letting many more people down in my community.

So, prioritise your health, mental and physical, and ensure you are giving yourself the support you need to be fit and healthy. Then you will be able to be that great source of support for others.

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