December 18, 2010

Tip of the day—Give yourself a little pampering

Today make a point to give yourself a little pampering.  YOU DESERVE IT!  Here are some inexpensive or free ideas:

  • Take a long soak in a hot tub with some of your favorite bath salts or oils.  I like to use Epsom salts and a bit of orange oil (peppermint oil if I have some aching muscles and eucalyptus if I have a stuffy nose). 
  • Give yourself a manicure or pedicure.  Take the time to use good lotion and rub your feet and legs/hands and arms like they would at a salon.
  • Fix yourself a perfect cup of tea and cozy up with a good book.  A roaring fire or a candle with a scent you like is another nice addition to set the scene.
  • Give yourself a mud mask.  If you don’t have any on hand, do a quick internet search for homemade mud masks.  You can also give yourself a hot oil treatment for your hair (I’ve used mayonnaise to do this, but I don’t recommend it! It is VERY smelly!)
  • Soak your feet in a foot bath.  Flip through a magazine you’ve been wanting to read or turn on a movie you have been wanting to see and relax. 
  • Have dessert first!  My grandmother talked about going out with some girlfriends to O’Charley’s years ago.  They were all well into their 70s at that point, and the other ladies ordered salads with dressing on the side.  They had gone on and on about their diets and figures and were making such a fuss about depriving themselves.  My grandmother astonished the whole bunch by ordering a piece caramel pie for her lunch and enjoying every bite as they salivated and pined for her choice.  Life is too short.  Every once in a while, splurge!
  • Eat on the good china.  I inherited china from my mother.  I remember that during my childhood that china sat in the cabinet and only left its glass cage when guests were over or we were celebrating a holiday.  She had such beautiful things but, at least it seemed to me, she never took the time to enjoy them for herself, for the sheer delight and beauty of it.  She passed away much too early, and since that time I’m reminded in the importance of enjoying life to its fullest.  Pull out the good china for you and your family. 
  • Make yourself a beautiful lunch.  I have a dear friend who brings her lunch to work almost every day.  Instead of throwing together a PBJ or eating a couple of snacks here and there in her car (like I do!), she makes an absolutely gourmet, gorgeous sandwich for herself.  She has special lunchware that she packs her food in.  She buys special seeds to sprout for her sandwiches and takes care to pick the perfect flavor combinations.  Her meals are never expensive, and they are much more filling and sustaining than the on-the-go stuff that most of us throw down our gullet in a rush.  
  • Going along with the two previous suggestions, if you work outside of the home, pack a pretty cup to drink your coffee or tea from while at work.  Not only will it reduce some of the waste caused by using disposables, but it will also feel a lot more special and nurturing.

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