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January 12, 2018

Why you should definitely inhale

Right before you taxi down the runway, flight attendants share a simple message. “In the case of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the ceiling compartment.” You know what they’re going to say next, right?


“Please make sure your own oxygen mask is firmly in place before attempting to help others.”


If you can’t breathe, you cannot help others. In fact, if you pass out, you become a liability – someone others have to take care of.


This isn’t just true on airplanes. You must take care of yourself and your own needs in order to be the best parent, spouse, co-worker, or boss you can be. Getting lost in the day-to-day chaos and ignoring the outlets that once brought you so much life won’t help anyone. It only leaves you ragged, resentful, and restless – which means others will end up having to take care of you.


So today and this weekend, put on your own oxygen mask first. Call a few friends and make time to reconnect. Do something outdoors, without a screen in your hand. Sleep in. You’ll feel recharged, revitalized, and ready to tackle whatever life brings your way next week.


(This is one of the core principles of ScreamFree Parenting, which you can learn to practice in a profound way through our Pause Platform. Have you signed up yet?)


Peace begins with pause,



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