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What Flight Attendants Can Teach Us During Stressful Times..

I am going to assume that you are not planning on getting on a flight anytime soon.  Yet, there is still much we can learn from our past flying experiences.

Think back to the boarding announcements on any flight that you have taken. The flight attendant delivers the welcoming address with his or her personal style, however, the information remains consistent.

The flight attendant explains “in the event of a loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will drop from above.” The flight attendant then continues to instruct you to put your oxygen mask on before helping others.

The reasoning for this is, if you fail to help yourself first, you won’t have the physical capability of helping anyone else.

In stressful times, such as what we are currently going through, self-care often becomes the first thing to be neglected. With so many more important things to worry about, why would we be concerned with exercising, meditating, journaling, etc.?

However, these are the times when self-care is essential.

Research shows that as stress increases, our ability to make good decisions decreases. High levels of stress reduce the functioning of a portion of our brain called our pre-frontal cortex. This area of the brain is responsible for analytic thinking, decision making, impulse control, and the ability to focus. In other words, this part of our brain allows us to make healthy choices!

As a result, stress increases our tendencies to engage in unhealthy behaviors that include poor eating habits and less daily movement. To make things worse, these behaviors are easier to engage in now that we are stuck at home!

So, what do you do to take care of yourself? Do you like to exercise? Take long walks? Meditate? Journal?

Personally, I meditate using my calm app for 10 minutes every morning before journaling, performing my preventive physical therapy exercises, and workout. This helps buffer the stressors of the outside world, and enables me to be present for my family, friends, and patients.

While meditation is something that can be done easily from a variety of places, attempting to regularly exercise is a bit more challenging.

The gym is closed and good luck ordering home fitness equipment during these times!

That leaves us figuring out how to exercise in our own homes, with minimal space and equipment. Our exercise options are limited causing workouts to be unproductive and possibly resulting in injuries by performing the same movements over and over again.

This does not mean that you are out of luck. You can maintain, and even improve your level of fitness during these uncertain times. All of this can be done while preventing injury and we would love to show you how!

We are considered essential medical providers and believe that maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle is essential for you. Therefore, we are still open and in addition to our thorough and consistent disinfecting procedures, we are currently only seeing one patient at a time in the clinic. That means you don’t have to worry about interacting with anyone besides your therapist!

Do you prefer to stay at home? No problem! Virtual sessions are available!

Finally, if you have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, please let us know so that we can find the best option for you during these challenging times.

These difficult times may have you feeling scared, stressed, and anxious. Now is the time to increase your self-care routine. Just remember, if you don’t put your mask on first, you are of no help to anyone else!

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