Almost everyone has travelled by aeroplane at some point in their life. If you are a frequent traveller, then the safety demo at the start of every flight will be familiar to you.
If there is a sudden loss in cabin pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the ceiling. The advice to people travelling with young children is to attend to your own mask first. The same goes for the life jackets stored under your seat.
Thankfully, I have never been on a journey to see it in action. It got me thinking that when we are in emergency situations, we would follow this instruction without question so what stops us from putting ourselves first in our day-to-day lives?
The scenario nicely demonstrates the importance of the benefits of putting yourself first – if you don’t invest in yourself, then you won’t be able to give to others.
As someone who holds a core value around healthy living, I know that when I look after myself, I have the energy to not only to be there for others but also to be there for myself.
Taking time out to exercise and eat healthily – both of which are ways to invest in making sure our bodies are the best they can – don’t have to be hard work.
A walk at lunchtime to replace the sandwich at your desk will make you more productive in the afternoon, as will parking the car a little further away from the office or jumping off the bus stop a few stops earlier.
The Fitbit has done lots to encourage people to start to take notice of their activity in a day with the 10,000-step challenge. Choosing an activity that you enjoy is a must. Put me on a tennis court and I will love it put me on a golf course well that would bore me silly.
I cannot stress how important it is to feed our bodies with the things it needs – put the wrong fuel in the car and it won’t work.
When we want to start anything new, the hardest thing to overcome is the conversation we have in our head. When we make any change we have to be motivated enough to want to make it.
Measuring small steps and celebrating small rewards without beating ourselves up when we make a faux pas is the way forwards.
Denise Chilton is an Executive Business and Life coach, accomplished author, speaker and entrepreneur. She worked for in corporate banking for more than 15 years before launching her own coaching business in 2010. She has built a business working with women who want to make a change in their lives, empowering them to experience life to the full.
In 2017, she published her first book Suddenly Single: How to overcome heartbreak and find your way to a new happy ever after. Suddenly Single is a guide written partially from personal experience to help women to heal healthily after a significant relationship comes to an unexpected end.
Denise was also awarded ‘Mentor of the Year 2017’ by the Northern Power Women for her work with women in underrepresented industries like STEM.