Put On Your Oxygen Mask - Valerie Silveira
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Put On Your Oxygen Mask

If you have traveled by air more than a handful of times, it is likely that you pay very little attention to the flight attendants as they go through the pre-flight safety demonstration. Next time you are on an airplane, and the flight attendants being the process, look around at the other passengers and see what they are doing. In some rows, people will be talking. Others are reading, or looking out the window. A few will already be in dreamland. Every now and then, you may notice a passenger or two listening and watching intently as the flight attendant goes through the drill. They are probably infrequent air travelers. Those of us who have been on hundreds of flights could recite the pre-flight instructions in our sleep.

One important part of the drill is the explanation of the oxygen masks. We are told that in the case of a loss in cabin pressure, the oxygen masks will be released. Instructions are given as to how to properly place the oxygen mask on your face and exactly how the mask will react as you begin to breath.

You are further instructed to put the oxygen mask on your own face, before trying to assist others around you. If you pass out, you won’t be able to help anyone.

If your Beast has anything to do with enabling or codependency, then you need to hear the instructions again. Put the oxygen mask on your own face before trying to assist others around you.

Living with a Beast is tiring. Attempting to control how another person behaves, or compensating for their behavior is beyond exhausting. When your oxygen mask is on somebody else’s face, eventually you are going to pass out!  Figure out who is wearing your oxygen mask and get it back. Then put it on your own face, and breathe.


Valerie Silveira is an award-winning author, international speaker and Beast slayer. Through the devastation of losing her daughter over and over to the addiction Beast, and finally losing her to a senseless murder, Valerie empowers others to stand up and fight for their lives. She is the creator of Nine Actions to Battle Your Beast and  the Still Standing Sisterhood membership program. Valerie uses her books and Sisterhood to guide women in their quest for happiness, peace, and purpose. She builds up women of courage who stand strong against any Beast in their lives.

Until her death in August 2016, Valerie chose to call her daughter Jamie, “Jordan.”


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