I got my haircut last night.
My previous haircut was seven months ago. They suggest getting your hair trimmed every 6-8 weeks. You could say I was a bit behind.
Last week I had a colonoscopy.
It was so pleasant.
That is a total lie. None of it was pleasant. Except maybe the glorious sleeping gas they give you that knocks you right out and makes you dream happy dreams (it also makes you a little crazy and you might say random things to the nurses when you wake up and find hospital bed selfies you don’t remember taking when you look through your phone a few hours later. I’m slightly embarrassed about my post-anesthesia behavior.)
For months I knew I needed to get to the doctor. And that I needed a hair cut. And a dentist appointment and better face wash and moisturizer that doesn’t sting and all those little maintenance things you forget about doing for yourself when you are a woman.
This idea of self-care has come up in conversation a lot lately.
My girlfriends and I pushed each other to finally schedule doctor appointments after admitting how long it had been since we were last seen (me: almost 5 years. Not proud about that one). A lady yesterday told me she consciously chooses to buy her son new clothes before she gets something for herself, even though she could really use a few new items. An instagram friend shared that she finally pampered herself with a manicure – and decided not to feel guilty that it took time away from her to-do list.
Sometimes we forget about taking care of ourselves because we’re too busy taking care of others.
Sometimes we don’t have it in the budget.
Sometimes we don’t have the time. Or make the time.
Sometimes we’re waiting for the symptoms to just go away, or the weight to come off or our situation to change.
But ladies, we really need to care for ourselves anyway.
Getting your toes painted makes you feel pretty. Going for a run makes you feel rejuvenated and healthy. Following through with a medical procedure makes you face the truth and move forward. It doesn’t matter what your thing is – a haircut, new pair of jeans, updated lipstick color, an eye exam, a workout dvd, mammogram, crest whitestrips, a correct-sized bra – whatever it is, take a first step towards caring for yourself.
Do it for your kids (they need to see you take time for yourself!), your husband (he likes when you feel pretty!), your friends (let’s encourage one another!) – but mostly, do it for YOU.
So that’s my pep talk for the day.
I’d love to hear your thoughts … do you struggle in this area? Do you think it’s important to take time for yourself? What stops you? What one thing do you need to do to take better care of yourself? Let’s chat …
(and also, will you please remind me to go get my haircut in about 6-8 weeks?!)