The year is coming to an end, and it’s the season when many of us are contemplating the 12 months ahead while looking forward to the next 12 months ahead. Whether you care about New Year’s resolutions or not, making an occasional purchase is sure to be worth it. The end of the year is as good a time as any.
Having gone through this practice myself, I know that one of my biggest priorities for 2022 is getting myself on the A-list. And no, this isn’t because I’ve suddenly become selfish and excessively self-absorbed! Actually, it’s quite the opposite. That’s because I know I have to take care of myself first – physically and emotionally – if I can take care of anyone else. And since it’s so important to me, I to be have the ability to care for others, but sometimes I have to prioritize my own needs, especially my own health needs.
I know that many people – especially mothers and women in general – struggle with this concept and often feel it is not right to put themselves first. But I want to encourage you to change your mind. Prioritizing our mental and physical health can be for our own good, that’s true. But it is also in the best interest of others. Aging smart and healthy is the gift you can give to yourself and to all those who love you in 2022.
So, how exactly should you put yourself on the A-list? First, make sure not to skip your yearly wellness appointments. You should also be sure to schedule an annual mammogram and routine cervical cancer screening. If you have any other personal health concerns that require regular checkups, be sure to schedule them as well. Medical health – for your mental and physical well-being – is essential. Adhering to these preventive care appointments becomes even more important after age 35 because early detection is crucial in preventing many illnesses.
I also find that I thrive when I make time to exercise. Whether it’s for an outdoor run or a workout at the gym, pumping out endorphins, flowing blood, and dripping sweat is a great way to release and recharge. It really doesn’t take particularly long or strenuous exercise to make a positive impact. Even a 30-minute walk is good for your body and mental health. If you find it easier to stay motivated with a friend, great. Make an appointment to exercise.
And don’t forget the wise old adage: When you make it look better, it will feel better too! It can be a bit silly, but let’s be honest, it’s usually accurate. So, if you’re feeling the need for a little makeover, make an appointment for a quick manicure or haircut. Take time for yourself because friend important.
In the end, I would be remiss if I didn’t address the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. We now know that this virus isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, so dealing with all the challenges involved will continue to be a part of our lives. Putting yourself on the A-list in this case means you have to be patient with yourself as you adjust to this new reality. That doesn’t mean putting your needs aside. It is important not to neglect your routine health care. You have options. If you’re not feeling great seeing your provider, take advantage of telemedicine appointments to access care. Talk to your therapist over video. Keep six feet away from your friends when walking. You may have to modify the way you do some things for yourself, but you can do it!
As we move into 2022, make your health and happiness a priority. You deserve to be on the A list. Everyone who loves you knows that. Don’t let me forget it.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!