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Have you ever been so busy with life that time for a 30-minute manicure was nonexistent? I know I have. This little "luxury" was not important in the scope of meeting professional deadlines and getting sleep. Sleep was my luxury.

I've learned that when emotional demands from relationships and professional challenges take a precedence in my life, my self-care needs to become a top priority.

How do you make it happen? I love to read the daily schedules of successfully professional people. Usually, these high achievers wake earlier than most to satisfy a commitment to an activity that encourages their spirit, feeds their intellect, or challenges their physicality. My girl crush Mellody Hobson wakes up at 3:50 am to exercise! 3:50 am! What time does she go to bed?

Priorities.

Now, I am in no way an advocate of waking up before 7 a.m., but Mellody is an example of creating a schedule for her life that allows her to care for herself. As the president of an investment company with $10 billion in assets and the Chairperson of Dreamworks, she is a person with very little time. With all this being said, I think can prioritize a 30-minute manicure.

What time is your self-care scheduled?
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Prioritize self-care for yourself. Start by setting aside at least 30 minutes a day for any of the following suggested activities:

  • Journaling
  • Taking a bubble bath
  • Yoga
  • Running or walking in nature
  • Meditation or prayer
  • Watching a TED talk
  • Listening to an inspiring or funny podcast — I suggest The Moth.
  • Recording affirmations on your phone for you to listen to daily
  • Preparing and eating your first or last meal of the day at home
  • Coordinating an outfit for an exciting day planned in your week (I can help!)
About the Author

Jana Coke is the principal consultant in her eponymous full-service wardrobe consulting company, Jana Coke Style. Described as “the wardrobe whisperer,” she provides luxury shopping experiences and wardrobe solutions to women of influence. Her knack for purposeful shopping and coordinating a curated wardrobe was shaped by 20 years of professional experience in the fashion industry. Jana’s contributions to the Los Angeles fashion scene have been recognized in nominations for the 2017 and 2018 Los Angeles Business Journal Fashion Awards. She maintains partnerships with retailers including South Coast Plaza, Nordstrom, Escada, MaxMara, and Jimmy Choo. Jana is a licensed Christian minister who views her wardrobe consulting company as an extension of her ministry.