Put on your oxygen mask first

Quoting Amy Batchelor (starts on min 5:30),

“You have to take care of yourself as well,

IT’S PUTTING ON YOUR OWN OXYGEN MASK FIRST.

… and that’s … my friends, being outside, in the nature, watching the sunrise with my dogs, just really intense self care…

It’s a gift for me to be strong and happy even if he’s really depressed.

I think my path is to be a truth teller.

And Brad is a truth teller. Trust the journey!

It’s gonna turn out okay. It’s gonna turn out great, actually …” (smile).

You have to put on your oxygen mask FIRST.

Amy Batchelor

If you have a loved one with depression, anxiety, or other brain conditions, sometimes it can be challenging. Unfortunately for many of us, we forget that we have to also take care of ourselves. It is vital to take care of ourselves because we can’t pour from an empty cup. Amy is the first person I heard saying that metaphor; the metaphor I always use to answer people who reached out to me about feeling burned out when caring for a loved one with mental illness.