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Pamper Yourself

Posted by Connie on Sunday, February 24th, 2008 at 8:29 pm and is filed under Chronic Illness, Loving Life.
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Many people with a chronic illness spend a lot of time at doctors’ offices, labs, hospitals and at home, sometimes in bed not feeling well. I often feel that my life is all about the medical stuff. When someone invites me to a party or lunch I have to check my calendar to see if I can fit it in with all of the blood tests, doctor visits, etc. It gets frustrating pretty fast.

It’s very important then to take time for just you – to do something you enjoy, to relax, to feel pampered. I try every day to set aside an hour when I can read my Bible and pray. This is my quiet time.

I get my hair cut once a month and enjoy the time with my hairdresser. We chat and laugh. She knows just how I like my hair so I can sit back and let take care of me without any worries. I always have her wash my hair because that’s so relaxing to me.

Once a month I try to get together with friends to go out to lunch. We call this our “Diner’s club”. It doesn’t have to be anything expensive, just a new place each time.

If you’re feeling too sick to get out of the house, why not set the mood there? If you like to relax with music, put some on and light some candles. Call in for a meal, even if it’s pizza (get some extra toppings!).

You don’t have to be extravagant, like buying yourself luxury watches or expensive purses every month. Frugal is good too.

Just know that you deserve some pampering. It will lift your spirits and help you to cope with all of the other issues more easily.

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4 comments

  1. oh connie,
    the amount of medical appointments and tests are immense for me too. It’s funny, I also have fun with my hairdresser. We both talk interior design. I agree sometimes we just have to pamper ourselves.

    comment by brenda — February 24, 2008 @ 11:22 pm
  2. So true! I love going to the movies by myself (don’t tell my husband). Or putting on one of my favorite DVDs like “When Harry Met Sally” and eating popcorn with melted cheddar cheese. I love sugar scrubs to freshen up and body sprays. Linen sprays for your sheets before jumping into bed are nice. And since I am always brainstorming for my organization, I love to buy fun notebooks, colorful stripes or big polka dots, and then fun bags to throw them in. Since my son is 5 I do my share of work at McDonald’s!

    comment by Lisa Copen — February 25, 2008 @ 1:32 pm
  3. Absolutely! Time for yourself and some well-deserved pampering will lift anyone’s spirits. I’m glad you found some time for you and I know you will enjoy many more.

    :)

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    comment by Sophia — February 29, 2008 @ 10:42 pm
  4. Thanks for the writeup, really helped. If you or any of your freinds are looking for a Liverpool located hairdresser, maybe for a girls night out or an office party then pop in and see us at Blonde Moments Liverpool.

    comment by Liverpool Hair Dressers — January 20, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

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