One of the most important things in life to do is pamper yourself. It's true! We all work exceptionally hard in this life and if you are anything like I am you forget to reward yourself when you finally reach the goals you set for yourself.
I'm really hard on myself. Probably like the majority of you out there. I often find that because life moves so quickly, I forget to take a little bit of time out and do something nice for myself.
When money can be tight, it's hard to justify spending €100 plus on yourself for a facial or massage especially when you have bills to pay. The act of rewarding ourselves is a whole lot more important for our souls that we care to acknowledge. So with that in mind, let's park our money issues at the door and indulge.
Have a Bath
Get yourself some Epsom salts, lavender essential oils and baking soda. Soak for 20 mins or so, and just take time out of your busy hectic schedule to actively do nothing. The salts and soda will draw the toxins out of your body and the lavender oils will calm and relax you.
Buy yourself a bottle of wine, new PJs and watch a chick flick
The only time I'm allowed watch chick flicks is when my fiancé Simon is away for the night or asleep on the couch - which is usually really late and I'm too tired to start a full film by then. But when he is away, I love nothing more than having the house to myself. I buy cosy new PJs in penny's, and a bottle of wine.
Then, I take refuge on the couch and watch all the things I'm not allowed watch when he's there.
Have a mini DIY pamper session
Professional facials and massages can be expensive, but you most probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen to make your own. There are endless recipes on Pinterest.
Start a goal journal
As mentioned, it's so important to reward yourself when you achieve certain milestones in your life. But sometimes we are so busy it's hard to really know what your goals actually are unless you consciously set them in stone. Buy yourself a new journal, keep it beside your bed and note three things that made you happy every day for each month.
At the beginning of every month, set yourself a goal. At the end of the month reward yourself for achieving it. The physicality of writing it down both reinforces what you have achieved and gives you proof of how far you have come in the previous year.
Our world is full of screens. If we aren't watching TV we are on our phones. Sometimes we are on both together. It's called dual screening - yes, there is actually a name for it. Blocking out the worldly noise is sometimes the best thing for our mental health. Just taking 15 or 20 mins to sit, ground ourselves and take in the world around us can really help with our outlook on life.
There are some really great free meditation apps you can download if life is leaving you feeling overwhelmed.
Make yourself a priority once in awhile. It's not selfish, it's necessary.