How to Pamper Yourself

We could also use a day or two, or at least a few hours, to pamper ourselves every now and then. Most people live very hectic lives and have full schedules. This leaves little time for relaxation. Pampering yourself can help you relax and renew your mind, which makes you more productive at work and school. Being pampered can be as extravagant as going on an expensive spa vacation or as simple as curling up with a good book. Here are a few more suggestions for pampering yourself that can improve your mood, enhance your health, and remind you of how deserving you are of self-care.

Getting a Makeover

Getting a MakeoverYou can get a full makeover by changing up the cosmetics you use, getting a few new pieces for your wardrobe and changing your hairstyle. Alternatively, you can do a few small things to enhance your look like getting a manicure and/or pedicure. The things you do to improve your looks can give you the confidence you need to give a big presentation at work or approach the person you have had your eye on for a while. More importantly, seeing yourself in the best light possible reminds you of your best qualities and can help you combat insecurities. If you see a new hairstyle that you want to try, go for it, even if it is risky and a little out of your comfort zone. When you see clothing pieces that catch your eye, try them on, even if they are not your usual style. You may be surprised at how much you like the results. You can pamper yourself by planning your own makeover. On the other hand, you can get the star treatment by asking a wardrobe stylist, beautician, and makeup artist to be your glam squad for the day. You may even want to hire a professional photographer to take before and after pictures for you. When you have pictures to remember the experience, you may be more likely to do the things that make you feel good on a regular basis.

Get a Massage or Facial

Get a Massage or FacialPamper yourself by relaxing and letting a professional masseuse work out the kinks in your muscles. You may also find that a massage can help relieve sinus pain and pressure and get rid of inflammation in your joints. A massage is a luxury for most people, and it is a great way to take a nap or relax your mind while improving the way you feel physically. After the massage, you are likely to be less stressed and may even be able to think clearer. If you are not able to get to the spa, there are electronic massage tools you can use at home. You can even make your own massage oil from olive or almond oil. Add a few of your favorite essential oils that will relieve pain and invigorate your senses. Lavender is great for the muscles and will calm your mind. Or, you can use clary sage if you want to meditate during your massage, since this can help with concentration.

Book a Hotel Room

Book a Hotel RoomYou can do this pampering activity alone or with your significant other. Book a hotel room at one of the fancier facilities in your area. While you are there, watch your favorite movies, read a book you have been meaning to finish and order room service. You can spend the day in your robe and take as many naps as you want. If you want to take advantage of hotel amenities, choose a hotel with a pool, hot tub, or gym facility. If the hotel has a nice restaurant, you can get dressed up for dinner and order the most decadent item on the menu.

Take Some Time Off Work

Take Some Time Off WorkMost people could use some time off work, even if it is just for a few hours. When you feel yourself getting overwhelmed, arrange to take a day or even an afternoon off. You can spend that time reading your favorite book. Alternatively, you can visit your local farmers market and buy a fresh bouquet of flowers to add color and fragrance to your home. Your time off work could even be spent taking a relaxing nap while listening to nature sounds and using an oil diffuser to emit scents of chamomile and lavender into your bedroom. You could even spend your time off taking an exercise or cooking class you have wanted to take. When you take the time to do things that you enjoy, you will have more energy and mental space to be productive at work and meet your family’s needs.

Catch Up With Friends and Family

Catch Up With Friends and FamilyWhen your schedule is busy, you barely have time to spend with the people who mean the most to you. Pamper yourself by planning a lunch or dinner with loved ones you have not seen in a while. You can order takeout and watch a movie at home or go to a restaurant that has become a family favorite. Simply sharing a meal and spending time talking and laughing can be a huge stress reliever. You will be amazed at home revived you feel when it is time to get back to the grind of work, school or caring for a family.

Take a Bubble Bath

Take a Bubble BathThis simple activity is one of the best ways to pamper yourself if you are short on time. Even if you do not have time in your schedule to go on vacation, you can still feel like you are taking some time away by drawing a bath. Fill the tub with your favorite bubble bath and add plant extracts like sage or basil to soothe the skin and provide a relaxing herbal scent. You can play your favorite music, pour a glass of wine or your favorite beverage, and read a few chapters of a book while you relax in the tub. The bubble bath can also be a great time to catch up on your favorite shows. On the other hand, you can use the time to meditate and soothe aching muscles.

Make Your Favorite Food

Make Your Favorite FoodIf you are on a diet or just trying to adopt healthier eating habits, pamper yourself by cooking your favorite meal every occasionally. This is a great way to indulge for a day and reward yourself for the discipline you have shown in your diet and lifestyle choices. You can also prepare your favorite dessert to enjoy after dinner. A great meal can put you in a good mood and further equip you to handle the stresses that may come with balancing a busy schedule.

Buy Something Expensive

Buy Something ExpensiveHave you had your eye on an expensive art piece? Did you see a piece of jewelry that you can’t stop thinking about? Buying an expensive item that you have been wanting for a while is a great way to pamper yourself. While it is important to budget wisely and organize your finances, set aside money when you can to get the things you actually want. This is a reminder that you deserve a reward every now and then for the hard work you do. Purchasing an expensive item may also help you to remember that your wants are valid and that you deserve to have nice things.

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Jean Carter is from Oakland, California and studied jewelry design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco, California. After graduation, and pining for a warmer climate, Jean relocated to the Tule Springs suburb of Las Vegas, where she owns and operates her own online jewelry boutique incorporating traditional native American styles with her own unique designs. A true fan of the sophistication and glamor of Las Vegas casino life, Jean is also a freelance blogger specializing in all things suave and fashionable surrounding the casino lifestyle.