There has been a common thread running through voice and email communications with friends. So many seem to be caring for others – be it children, aged parents, employees or friends in distress – and neglecting themselves in the process.
It is a wonderful gift to be able to support another in a time of need. However, even the most well-intentioned person cannot help others if they are not taking care of themselves.
Draw on whichever metaphor makes sense to you. It may be a case of killing the goose which lays the golden eggs; it may be that you need to put your own oxygen mask on before helping others with theirs, but the basic message is the same – do remember to get your basic needs met whilst you are meeting the needs of others……..