It’s time for a pampering primer! Too often busy women whether they work outside or inside the home don’t take the time to pamper themselves. So this blog will not present anything you don’t already know but a lot that you probably aren’t doing…
Let’s start with the basics:
1. Sleep – Are you getting 8 hours a night? If you are a new mom with a baby, then you might want to skip this! Or, you could follow that age old advice to sleep when the baby sleeps, ask someone to come in one afternoon so you can nap or do an every other night deal with your partner. For those of you who find yourselves up late at night finishing work from the office, doing laundry, making lunches or other household chores forgoing an earlier bedtime – STOP. Sleep deprivation is a serious condition that affects our bodies, our minds and our emotions. Clean clothes do not make a cranky woman less cranky.
2. Diet – What are you putting into your body? If it is fast food, high calorie, and high carb, then again your body, mind and spirit will suffer. Add some extra fruits and vegetables. Take a good vitamin supplement and add protein. Drink lots of water and limit your caffeine intake
3. Exercise – As much as I dislike exercise, it is a way to pamper my body. I know it sounds counter-intuitive but my body needs exercise and when I neglect to do it I am not pampering it but pandering to it.
Now for the fun stuff:
4. Take a long, luxurious bath at least 3 times a week before bed. ‘Nuf said
5. Schedule a massage, facial, mani or pedi or all of the them. Each one of these delicious spa treatments is good for your body by releasing tension, increasing blood flow and decreasing stress. Think of it as if your doctor wrote you a prescription for these. And with things like Groupon or Living Social you can get these for half price in most cities. I do it all the time.
6. Go out with friends or alone! Maybe you love being together with friends sharing a meal and laughing. Pick up the phone and schedule a girls night. Or, maybe you crave some alone time. Take yourself on a date. I often do a movie and a meal alone and it is more relaxing than I had initially thought it would be.
So, here’s your challenge for the week. Pick at least 3 of the above and do them this week. You may have to enlist the help of your partner or spouse. Be creative. Pamper yourself without guilt. Each of the above will make you calmer, more productive, and more energetic than you have been in a long time. Trust me!