Self-Care Challenge (Day 55): Learning CPR

CPR, 900CPR, the abbreviation for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, saves lives.

I completed the training many years ago, but somehow I never got around to renewing my certification. (Life has a way of doing that.) But it’s been on my mind for a while. I often wondered if I’d be prepared–knowledgeable enough–to save another life if I was in a situation where my actions could make a difference. And apparently I’m not the only one. It’s been estimated that 70% of Americans would feel “helpless” to act in the event of a cardiac emergency. And, incidentally, 80% of cardiac arrests happen at home, which means there probably won’t be any bystanders to help perform CPR on those we love.

With that in mind, I decided it was time to renew. To me, this training is a core part of my own self-care system. Why? Because it might mean that I am able to help someone else who can help someone else (perhaps even me). See the chain of giving? When we care about others; we care about ourselves. When we care about ourselves; we hopefully care about others as well. It’s a reciprocal relationship.

CPR Seattle offers a 2-hour Lifesaver/AED training that is out of this world. Tracy, the instructor, was fun and down to earth–and most of all, her teaching style made each of the techniques memorable! Like I said, I’ve gone through other trainings in the past, and they don’t compare by a long shot.

If you’ve never been certified, or your certification has expired, consider adding it to your list of things to do within the next 30 days. The American Heart Association offers both online and classroom training options. Click here to find one in your area.

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