why you should put yourself on your To Do List

why you should put yourself on your To Do list

put yourself on your To Do ListI’m pretty good at telling other people what to do.  Right now, I’m going to tell you why you should put yourself on your To Do list.

As a mother, the first born child, the only daughter, the first grandchild on both sides, a former EA / office manager, a personal stylist, and a blogger who writes advice posts, I’m a born bossy boots with a CV to match.

For years, I’ve been on the case of telling people to put themselves on their own To Do list!

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The Kimba Likes Daily Treats project was created out of the desire to help women prioritise themselves –  by taking the time for small Me Time moments.  As a blogger, I share stories and write about taking care of yourself.  I insist the people I love prioritise their health, both mental and physical.

After all, how can we look after other people if we don’t look after ourselves first?

I’m always telling people to go and see a doctor. Get a referral to a specialist.  Schedule checkups. Talk to a psychologist. Whatever it is you need.  Just make sure that you put yourself on your To Do list.

However, I get why we don’t always prioritise ourselves.  Why we let things slide, and why we figure we will get around to getting that looked into.  Soon.  Well, soonish.  Just as soon as we’ve done everything else and made sure everyone else is OK.

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Last year, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 endometriosis, adenomyosis and ovarian cysts.  I had surgery, where I had a hysterectomy and endometrial growth removed.  I also had a disc resection of my bowel to remove a large endometrial growth.

At that time, the bowel surgeon discovered pre-cancerous polyps but they were too close to the resection to remove safely at the time.

He asked me to schedule surgery for December.  Maybe January.  Unfortunately, I left it so long I had to get another referral letter.

Yesterday, I took myself out for coffee and then to his rooms.  I handed over my forms, got a tonne of forms to fill out, and booked a surgery date then and there.  Oh, the relief!

The thing is with bowel polyps is that they run a very big risk of causing cancer.  With my family history of colorectal cancer, it was particularly stupid of me to put my head in the sand and not prioritise my health.

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Another reason that it was a silly thing for me to do? I’ve affected my own health, and the wellbeing of my family, by delaying this day surgery.

Yep, recently I started feeling terrible.  I experienced mood swings, hair and skin changes, restless legs, nausea, exhaustion, breathlessness, increased anxiety, dizziness and my body was having issues regulating temperature.  Oh, I was a treat to be around.

I went to see my doctor, and she sent me for a raft of blood tests.  Expecting a diagnosis of peri menopausal hormonal changes, or thyroid issues, I was surprised when the results came back as low iron.  I’m not anaemic but I’m not far off.

Of course, I always want to know why.  My iron levels are half what they were before my hysterectomy.  Colour me surprised! I thought not losing far too much blood every month would have had an opposite effect.

I did that thing you’re really not supposed to do – I asked Dr Google.  It turns out that colon polyps can cause low iron from chronic slow bleeding that isn’t visible when you go to the loo.

So by delaying a relatively minor day surgery procedure, I’ve gone and stuffed up my health temporarily.

Because I’m not prepared to stuff up my health permanently, I’m going to make damn sure I prioritise my health in the future.

Because I’m a bossy boots, I’m going to ask you to put yourself on your To Do list.

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  • Kate @ Tell Me Tuesday Blog - 16 August 2016 - 2.12 pm

    You go girl! It’s so important to put your mental and physical health forward, always. KxReplyCancel

  • Kathy www.yinyangmother.com - 2 August 2016 - 2.50 pm

    I posted a comment but it disappeared so here goes again. So glad you finally prioritised yourself and good luck with the surgery. I so agree we need to put ourselves on the top of the list – for our own sakes and for everyone else we impact with our health, moods and ability to function (or not). And I think we should have TO-BE lists as well as TO-DO lists – and prioritise ways we can relax and restore ourselves rather than always doing.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - 2 August 2016 - 2.44 pm

    Glad you are prioritising yourself now and good luck with the surgery. I so agree that we need to put ourselves at the top of the list – for our own sakes as well as how our health, moods, ability to function impact everyone else. The old ‘you can only pour from a full glass’. And I think we need to have a TO-BE list as well as a TO-DO list, and simply allow ourselves time to be in whatever ways relax and restore us, rather than always doing.ReplyCancel

  • Grace - 2 August 2016 - 1.41 pm

    Oh, Kim-Marie…I so hear you. I also know that feeling of relief. I’m so glad I did something about my To Do list.ReplyCancel

  • Melinda - 1 August 2016 - 5.30 pm

    Oh boy, sending you a bit fat squeezy hug! I totally get that it’s easy to put yourself last on your to-do list (or forget yourself all together) but it really is so important. Hope you’re surgery goes OK and puts you on the way up to feeling better over all xxReplyCancel

  • sammie@theannoyedthyroid.com - 31 July 2016 - 10.57 am

    I think this is one issue where being bossy is totally legit. My mum is always telling me that “your health is your wealth” and mum is always right (just don’t tell her I said that!) I agree, we should all put ourselves on our To-Do list and making sure we’re on thing that gets crossed off. Hope surgery is a breeze and that you feel a lot better very soon xxReplyCancel

  • Paula, The Geeky Shopaholic - 31 July 2016 - 12.06 am

    Definitely good advice! I’m not always great at following it, but I’ve been much more responsible about my own health now than I use to be.ReplyCancel

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