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Episode 22: Stop Putting It Off.

Updated: Jan 19, 2021

Description: This week, we tackle level 2 of Maslow's hierarchy by doing what's best for our safety, financial security, and health. Tune in, and stop putting it off.

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Transcript: Hi, and welcome to episode 22 of Self-Care for Educators. I am your host to Tina Boogren, and in this week, we're going to explore the hard, but necessary, invitation of making the appointment.

I have been on a spree in the past couple of weeks of going to all the doctor's appointments that were missed pretty much during the shutdown time of the great pandemic of this year. And, they're hard, and I hate them. Dentist and yearly exams and mammograms, all of them. Eye doctor ... all of it, all of it, all of it. And, I don't like any of them, but here's the deal. They're so important. There's so important.

We often times don't associate making the appointment with level two of Maslow's hierarchy, but that's exactly where it fits. So, level two is safety, and level two, you know, not only is our physical safety and our perceived sense of safety, but it's also our financial security and our health. And, I'll remind all of us that level two is essential. You know, levels one and two, if those aren't solid, we can't even pay attention. I'm going to say that again. Again, if our physiological and/or safety needs, levels one and two, are not solid, we cannot even pay attention. So, if we've been avoiding making that appointment, it's hard, because we know it's always on our mind, and it's hard to pay attention to other things.

It's that ... oh boy ... in the back of our head, pushing us, even though we don't want to do it, we can do it hard things. And here's what I know. We usually build the appointment up to be so much worse than our head than it actually is. So this week, I just I'm looking to make the appointment. Step one, just make the appointment. What is it that you've been putting off? What is it that you need to do? What maybe got missed that in the middle of the quarantine, it felt kind of good to cancel the appointment, but do we need to get it back on track, and just make the appointment and then treat yourself when you make the appointment?

Can you splurge a little? Can you buy yourself flowers? Can you do something to just give yourself a little pat on the back for taking the first step? And, then when you make the appointment, can you give yourself some time before or after? If it feels like a hard appointment, can you just at least build in enough time to stop and grab a coffee on your way home or on your way there? Anything that you need to do to just get it done.

I know it's hard, but that's it. I just want us to make the appointment. And, if there's an appointment that you don't want to make and you need the nudge, reach out to someone. Have someone hold you accountable. Send a text to a girlfriend or a friend and say, I'm going to ... I need to make this appointment. Will you please check in and make sure that I've made this appointment by the end of the week? And then, follow through. You'll feel so much better when it's done. And, as I said, we typically build it up to be so much worse in our minds than it actually is. So just do it. Make the appointment. You've got this. We can do hard things.

As always, a huge thank you to Brooke for making this happen. Shout out to Solution Tree and Marzano Resources for this job I get to do. Oh, and an abundance of gratitude for you, my bad-ass Self-Care Squad. I cannot thank you enough for listening, for joining the Facebook group, for sending me all the resources ... And, just ... I'm just so grateful for all of you. Every single one of you, every single one of you. Thank you.

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