Many people believe that treating and pampering yourself is selfish, or that others will look at it this way. The truth is that putting aside time for your own needs is an Esteemable Act. After all, how useful will you be as a mother, father, wife, husband or employee if you are always stressed to the limit? Not to mention what this will eventually do to your health!
So in the middle of serving others, remember to treat yourself. And no, treating yourself and de-stressing doesn’t have to always require lots of money. You can do simple things like putting a day aside where you don’t run any errands and don’t check any emails or voicemails. You can arrange to spend a day without the kids. You can plan a day filled with small luxuries such as long bubble baths with lots of scented candles, curl up in bed with a good book, or watch some of your favorite re-runs or movies.
If you have some more time and money to spend, get yourself to a day spa or plan a weekend retreat where you will be pampered. Personally, I am hooked on my monthly half-day spa treatment, which consists of a massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, and lunch. When I really need to get away, I give myself a gift of a week at a beautiful vegetarian fitness spa in Mexico called Rancho la Puerta or another great destination spa called Miraval in Tucson, AZ.
Taking the time to do little things for yourself will not only make you feel better, it will make you a better more balanced person, and yes, it will make it easier to do all the things that are on your plate.
Remember…. it’s an Esteemable Act to take time to pamper yourself.
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