Pamper Your Inner Diva (or Divo)

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You’ve heard it over and over again – Take care of yourself first so you have the strength and energy to take care of others.  There have been books written, songs sung and poems read about this topic.  Even the airlines announce in their safety tips: put on your oxygen mask first before assisting anyone else.

We all know it’s important, yet so very hard to do.  Why?  How can we learn to pamper ourselves without feeling guilty?

Well, if you have a tendency to take care of everyone else first, putting yourself last, try this:

Start small.  Take just a few minutes each day for yourself.  Pick one thing you like to do.  Something simple like drink a cup of coffee, read a book, listen to music.  Notice that I said take “just a few minutes,” so before you start shouting: I DON’T HAVE THE TIME, think about just 5minutes.  That’s it – nothing more.  5 minutes is long enough to hear one song or read a couple of pages or just sit quietly and do nothing.  Try it for one week.  Then, if you feel comfortable with that, add a couple more minutes onto your “me” time each week.  If that’s too much, then scale back and add a couple of minutes each month.

The point is to carve out just a little time for yourself and do something you love to do.  And no, that doesn’t mean folding the laundry or planning tomorrow’s meals.  This is time for you and you alone – no one else.

Out of 1,440 minutes in each and every day, I bet you can find just 5 for yourself.  Thinks about it; give it a try.  Put on your Diva Cape and set the timer for 5 minutes!

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Table for One Please

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I did it! I finally took some time for myself – without making excuses or feeling guilty. And I loved every minute of it.

I admit that I don’t do this too often, but a couple of days ago, I reserved an evening for myself, and it felt oh sooooo good.

I decided to grab my favorite magazine, the one I never find time to read, and headed for a lovely restaurant in town. Not the kind where you pick up your meal in a box, but a real restaurant with a white tablecloth and all.

I have to admit that as easy as this sounds, I did have some trouble making this happen. After all, it was much easier to put on my sweats, turn on the TV, and assume a predictable place on the couch. You see, my husband was out of town on business and I had the entire evening to myself, to be sloppy and messy, with no one knowing.

But I talked myself out of being a couch potato for this evening and headed to a local restaurant.

I started by ordering a cocktail, told the server not to hurry my order, and cracked open my magazine.

And what a lovely evening I had. Who knew that a date with myself could be so enjoyable!!! So guilt-free.

So, with our days filled with work, errands, and all the “have to do’s”, I encourage you to open your calendar and schedule some time just for you. That’s correct – write it down just like any other important appointment. After all, what’s more meaningful than your own sanity. I know I’m looking forward to my next date with myself. In fact I’m going to start planning it now. I can’t wait to see where I end up.

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