Taking time to care for yourself is an important but often neglected task. Whenever you board an airplane the flight attendant reminds you to put on your own oxygen mask before helping others do the same. That advice can be helpful in any area of your life, not just when you’re flying the friendly skies. Before you offer to give your time or energy or money to help others, think about if helping them is going to cause a personal setback. While it might seem like a selfish approach, making your own needs a priority actually helps your loved ones in the long run. Try your best to focus on self-care because neglecting your own basic needs will not only cause extra stress in your life but causes stress for the people you want to help most.