Have you ever noticed that during the flight safety demonstration you are asked, in the event of an emergency, to put your own oxygen mask first? As a mum, this just doesn’t feel right to me, instinct is to protect your child first, no matter what the cost. Looking into this I learned that there is a very important, sensible and life-saving reason they ask you to put your own mask on first, and that is, if you haven’t first looked after yourself, you could run out of breath before you are able to help anyone else. This was quite profound to me and was a thought that took me to exploring other areas of life including work. As a business owner, you pour your heart and your soul into it. You sacrifice your time and your freedom – let’s not even get started on sleep! You become everything and anything the business needs, the telephonist, the bookkeeper, the warehouse manager, the delivery driver, the HR manager and the CEO. You are not just the multi-hat wearer of your business, but you might also be a parent, a sibling, a son, a daughter or friend. All these wonderful people care about you. It might be that you are not yet able to commit to salaried assistance, but you do need help – face it, you can do anything, you are amazing – but you cannot do EVERYTHING. Ask for help from friends, family or even someone like me, a Virtual Assistant. In my case you literally just pay for what you need, when you need it. No other commitment whatsoever. If you need 1 hour of work a week, 1 hour a month or even 10 hours – that’s ok. Imagine what you could do with 10 hours of help – you could be out there building your business instead of being stuck behind a desk doing paperwork, or even enjoying a movie and popcorn night at home with the family. Your business is your baby, something you have dreamed of and now that your baby is a reality you want to give it the best chance of growing into something amazing – of course! However, if you don’t take care of you, how can you take care of your baby, your business. Remember put your own oxygen mask on first.