How many times have you heard that message? It sounds like the right idea, but in real life situations, many of us caretaker and rescuer types do the opposite. We take care of everyone else first. We give up self-care before we give up our other daily obligations or duties. Unfortunately, not taking care of your self, or not putting your own oxygen mask on first is not sustainable. We burn out, get sick, grow bitter and can’t understand why our relationships are suffering. We are doing everything for everyone! Why is everyone unhappy? And, why do I have to do everything anyway? Can you see the conundrum? We work too hard to make sure our loved ones don’t suffer, fail or feel uncomfortable. We can be too good a partner, parent, friend or sibling. It’s a hard concept for some. We just can’t do someone else’s journey for them. And if we try? The person we think we are helping is not learning their own life lessons. If you find yourself exhausted and doing too much, seek some wise counsel. Call Trailtalk® for an emotional tune-up and get back to your TRUE SELF.