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Why are we so bad at self-nurturing?

One of the things covered in pre-flight briefings is that we should put on our own oxygen masks before assisting others. The metaphor is clear – in order to help others, we need to take care of ourselves first.  To do otherwise risks the safety and wellbeing of all parties.  

Practically though, we rush around life attending to the needs of others, depleting our own energy , breaching our own boundaries and subjecting ourselves to emotional, physical, chemical and nervous system stressors. This negatively impacts our own wellbeing and overall wellness.  On many levels.

Most of the time the human body is amazing at keeping up with life. Sometimes, however, stressful events and cumulative stressors prove too difficult for our bodies to handle and bounce back from. Our health, relationships, career, finances and general wellbeing are easily compromised when we are out of balance and out of energy.

Below is a summary of the different types of stress with common examples. By pragmatically appraising and dealing with the stressors that impact our experience, we can actively pursue activities, choices and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health and wellbeing.   


One different choice or simple change in lifestyle is likely to have positive results in overall wellness.  
We invite you to be the ‘best you’ by nurturing yourself and remembering to put your oxygen mask on first.

Join us for our 12 week “Wellness and Balance” series from our unique Certificate III in Personal Empowerment commencing 4/8/22.


Donna Mortlock