Between work, social life, running errands and taking care of other grown-up stuff, it can be hard to find time for ourselves and take the time to take care of ourselves the way we deserve. It’s even harder to make ourselves take a time-out from life when we know that there are other things to get done. It’s easy to say that we can’t sit down and relax when there’s still laundry to get folded or dishes to be washed, or you promised your parents you’d go out to dinner with them.
But at the end of the day, those clothes aren’t going anywhere. The dishes won’t kill you if you don’t wash them right away. And your parents (or anyone else) will understand if you tell them that you can’t make it to dinner because you need a night in. Because you know what? You deserve a night in, to relax and unwind.
In my opinion, taking the time to relax and pamper yourself is just as important to your well-being as exercising and eating right is. Pampering yourself gives your mind an escape from responsibilities and obligations, and gives your body a chance to unwind and loosen up. I don’t know about you, but I spend 90% of my time worrying about my friends and family, trying to make sure everyone else is happy before myself. In fact I’ve been known to sacrifice my own happiness for someone else’s. So by taking the time out of my week to unplug and untangle myself from the rest of the world I’m putting the focus back on myself. I’m putting the spotlight on myself and giving myself the permission to do what I want and make myself happy and comfortable.
My favorite way to unwind lately is a good old bubble bath. I start out by lighting a candle and starting some calming music; I have a playlist on Pandora specifically for this. Then I run some nice steamy water into the tub and get it all nice and bubbly. Once in the tub I try to just listen to the music and focus on it and my breathing. I suppose in a way I put myself into a meditative state of mind while in the tub, just allowing everything to slip away and let things settle in my mind.
Once the water cools down and I feel ready, I hop out of the tub and change into some comfy pjs (usually yoga pants and a t-shirt) and bring the relaxation-session into my bedroom. Depending on my mood I’ll do one of three things after the bath. I’ll either end up doing my nails, watching some Netflix, or doing some more meditation.
This entire process slowly shuts my mental door to everything that’s stressing me out or bothering me in any way, it pushes away all of the worries from my day or week. And by just taking a couple of hours a week to do these little things for no one but myself, I’ve found that I’m a lot more at peace with myself and others around me.
What are your favorite ways to relax and pamper yourself?