Secure Your Own Mask First
Did you think it was odd the first time you hear the flight attendant tell you to secure your own mask first in case of a loss of oxygen? I grew up being told to put others first. Parents instincts would be to take care of their children before tending to themselves. But if we try help someone else, take care of others before us, we may not have enough air and we may both suffer.
I am being constantly reminded to take care of myself. If we don’t, we can’t expect to do a very good job at taking care of anyone else. Our families need us, our friends need us, our clients need us. It is important to take time out. You may not be able to take an entire day for yourself. It may just be an hour at a time. I was challenged to set my alarm and take a couple minutes each hour to get up, walk around, divert my brain from what I am working on. It changes things up, gets me out of the rut and recharges my battery for another hour of work.
I recently experienced floatation therapy. It was an experience like none other I have had. I suspect the only time I have felt sensory deprivation like that was in the womb – and, try as I might, I don’t remember that. You get into a tank – it can be open if you are claustrophobic – with body temperature water and hundreds of pounds of Epsom salt. Once you allow your body to relax and your mind to clear, you feel nothing. You may be able to hear your heartbeat and your own breathing but that is it. You float weightlessly. The lack of pressure on your body releases tension and the opening of your mind releases stress. What can happen is a euphoric state. You may fall asleep, you may involuntarily come up with solutions or ideas regarding challenges you otherwise may have been stuck on.
I typically write about real estate, the market, negotiation tactics, and ways to prepare yourself for buying or selling a property. Today, I am just reminding you – myself included – to take time out for yourself. Turn your phone off for an hour and relax or do something you enjoy without interruption. This is a reminder, also, to allow other to do the same. We are so quick to judge or dismiss someone if they are not available every time we want or need them. Let others take time off so they can better serve you in the long run. Now go be – secure your own mask first.
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur babies, Tyler and Livvie, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.