A dose of Valentine's inspired self-care

Happy Valentine’s Day!(?)  Errr, yea, I’m little late with this one.  Let’s consider it Valentine's week then, shall we?

I know not everyone is too keen on all the Valentine’s inspired hoopla and all it’s overpriced expectations; however, it’s the sentiment of the holiday I’m sure we can all appreciate, regardless of relationship status, and that is: To celebrate love <3.

So whether you indulged in chocolates this weekend while wearing heart-shaped sunglasses or you said, “forget about it” to the whole thing and snuggled up on the couch in your favorite yoga pants, while watching Netflix and drinking wine (if it was red - how festive!), to each their own.  Remember, 2016 is the year to do you (boo)!

I do; however, have a suggestion for honoring this Valentine’s day (err, week) and those in the future that’s all about YOU! No hallmark cards or significant others needed. Now brace yourselves for the sexiness…

Carve out some time this week to schedule all your doctors appointments for the year.  

I know, I know, it’s crazy!  But stay with me. I remember hearing this suggestion a few years ago (perhaps on a podcast?) and thinking to myself, brilliant!  The annual celebration of Valentine’s Day is not only a nice reminder to show your love and appreciation for others, but it’s also a great reminder to take care of YOU!

Think about it. How often do you usually get half way through the year and realize you haven’t scheduled a teeth cleaning and you can’t, for the life of you, remember when you had your last physical?

That’s why I’m encouraging you to carve out an hour this week and think about all the appointments you need to schedule this year and get them on the calendar. Even if you can’t predict your availability several months from now, get it scheduled. You’re more likely to keep your commitment to an appointment if it’s already on your calendar and, if you must re-schedule, you’ll be more inclined to pick another available date/time when the office reaches out to confirm.

For the ladies, a few appointments to keep it mind:

  • Dental exam
  • Eye exam
  • Annual physical
  • Dermatologist
  • Pelvic exam 
  • Mammogram (depending on age/family history)
  • Colonoscopy (depending on age/family history)

While this list is by no means exhaustive, it’s a good place to start. And this week it a good time to start.  

As cupid would say, “Show yourself some love, girl! Clean those pearly whites and check those moles!”