Self-Care Challenge (Day 55): Learning CPR

On day 55 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I took a CPR class to expand my self-care practice.

CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, saves lives.

I completed the training many years ago, but somehow never got around to renewing my certification. (Life has a way of doing that.) But it’s been on my mind for a while, and I’ve often wondered if I’d be prepared to save another life if I was ever in a situation where my actions could make a difference. Apparently, I’m not the only one. According to the American Heart Association, “only about 46% of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest get the immediate help that they need before professional help arrives.” And, incidentally, about 70% 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 are better suited to care for others as well. It’s a reciprocal relationship.

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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