Self Care: Simple Ways to Put Yourself Back on the List

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It’s time to put yourself back on the list. Not tomorrow, not next week, not when the kids get older…but right now. Putting yourself on the list is a necessity and a much needed priority. Here are some ways to out yourself back on the list.


Work it Out

Find something you love and get active. Not for a reunion. Not for a wedding. Not for your husband. Get active for you. While you’re at it, get a little inspiration by buying some new workout clothes.

Get Your Brows Done

Yes! This one is super simple. All you have to do is sit in a chair and after about 5 minutes, the aesthetician will make you look and feel like brand new. Getting your brows done will do wonders for your face and your confidence for less than $20 dollars.

Catch up on Doctors Appointments

If you don’t take care of yourself first, how are you going to take care of anyone else? Most insurance companies will pay for one physical, two dentist appointments and one pap smear a year. Depending on your age and medical history, it may be a good idea to also add a mammogram to the list.

If you’re not sure where to find a good doctor, ask your friends and family for a recommendation. Pharmacists are also a good source as they fill prescriptions from physicians all day and tend to have good rapport with both patients and their physicians.

Go Out with a Friend

You never know how much you need a girls day out, until you get a girls day out. You may be surprised how good a few appetizers and a some sorbet will fill your love tank and just make you feel so good.

Organize Your Closet

You’ve got to try this for yourself and see what it does. Not only does it make getting dressed so much easier but it literally feels like magic. Here’s a sneak peek into my recent closet make-over for some closet inspiration.

Get a Pedi

Pedicures are not just for summer time. No, no my friends. Treat your feet to warm bubbles, fragrant oils, and a fresh coat of polish…and let someone else do the work!

Hire a Sitter

It’s tough to find reliable child care, I know. But invest the time and energy in finding someone you trust and it will pay huge dividends. Use the time for something enjoyable. Hiring a sitter so that you can have more free time to clean the house just cancels out “good vibes”.

If you’re in need of what questions to ask a new sitter or nanny, use my cheat sheet: 30 of the Best Questions to Ask a Potential Nanny.

Go on a Kid-Free Vacation

No one is saying that you have to getaway to somewhere ultra fabulous (but you’ll get extra points if you do) because, even two days in an adjacent city is a great way to refocus and re-energize.

Visit the Hairdresser

Sitting in a salon chair is like a breath of fresh air. Do you remember how you used to get giddy when you knew it was “hair day”? Even if you can do your hair yourself, visiting a hairdresser is a great boost in confidence and a much needed treat.

Treat Yourself to a New Outfit

Why do you think makeovers have aired on TV for decades? Getting a makeover is exhilarating. It’s exciting. It creates the kind of excitement that you just can’t keep to yourself. If you’re in need of some style inspiration, check out some of my latest style posts here.

The Next Time You Get a Great Opportunity Say “Yes”…you can always figure out the details later

You know when someone asks you to go out, or do something amazing and you are jumping up and down like an 8 year old girl on the inside just by the mere thought of thinking about it? But then you wonder…

Should I?
Could I?
How can I?

Those are opportunities that you should take advantage of. Spine tingling life trajectory moments are created when faith meets opportunity. So don’t miss those opportunities. You’ve come to far. By the way, I’ve found group buying sites like LivingSocial to be an amazing source of self care goodness. Manicures, pedicures, exercise classes, hair removal…you name it. Try it and see what goodies you find.

Be bold, be courageous and be amazing! Make this year that you put yourself back on the list.

Originally published: 1/6/16 Revisions 7/24/18

  • Comments ( 4 )

  • avatar

    Love this list. It is SO crucial for our spiritual, mental and physical health to put ourselves on the list. The highlight of my recent Christmas break was going to one of the best restaurants in the city with a foodie friend. Cheers to proper self-care.

    • avatar

      That’s great Tyra! It was such a busy time. I think one of my favorite me-time moments over the break was chilling out in the bathroom with a clay mask on my face. So therapeutic. What restaurant? I may have to put it on my radar. glad you had some downtime.

  • avatar

    Amen! Most caregivers neglect themselves! To care for others well, we need to care for ourselves…. ?

    • avatar

      Truth…It’s no easy task but, so necessary as well as rewarding.

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