5 Ways to Indulge Yourself Without Guilt

You should always take time for yourself: pamper yourself and feel great about it.

5 Ways to Indulge Yourself Without Guilt

You should always take time for yourself: pamper yourself and feel great about it.

-PJ Gach

woman in tub

Spring is here! The bright sun and warmer temps are bringing a bounce to your step and a smile to your face. It’s possibly bringing on a heavier workload ‘cause you’re either getting ready for a vacation or want to spend your weekends having fun, not working. If you spend a little time on taking care of yourself, you can zip through anything….including trying on bridesmaid dresses with ease.

Check out these simple tricks to make you feel relaxed, revived and ready to take on the world.

1. Aromatherapy

Spas smell great because they burn yummy smelling candles and essential oils. When you need to slow down, reach for the soothing scent of lavender. It’s been known to calm anxiousness, ease depression and help you sleep. Try placing a few drops of lavender essential oil on a few cotton balls, and then place the cotton balls under your pillow case. Light a few lavender scented candles in the bath, for an extra relaxing shower or when you soak in the tub. Spritz lavender water on your furniture, place lavender scented sachets in your drawers. Make Spa Water by adding add sliced cucumbers, sprigs of fresh rosemary or sliced citrus fruit to a pitcher of water and let stand for 2-3 hours.

One to try:

 mrs. meyers lavender candle

Mrs. Meyers Lavender scented soy candle ($9.99, mrsmeyers.com)

2. Laughter

It’s been medically proven that laughter can lift your spirits and actually aid in healing! Laughing is great for your blood pressure, blood flow, aid the immune system and reduce stress levels. Did you know that there’s even a type of Yoga based on laughter? It’s called Hasyaoga.

When you’re feeling stressed or blue watch a funny movie, YouTube clip (cats playing pianos anyone?), TV show or read a funny book. Make it a girls night out and grab your equally stressed out friends and got a live comedy show.


3. Indulge in healthy treats

There are foods and drinks that taste sinfully good but have low calories and are good for you. Try iced coffee with low fat milk and artificial sweetener or an herbal iced tea drink without sugar so you can actually taste the flavor. Instead of a fattening donut, grab creamy, rich-tasting yogurt for a snack. .

One to try:

Emmi of Switzerland’s Blueberry low fat Swiss Yogurt (approx $2, select grocery stores in NY, NJ, CT and online)

emmi blueberry yogurt

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4. Stretch it out

We know that exercise is good for you. It can lift your mood, reduce stress levels, keep you fit and lower weight. If you don’t have time to hit the gym, stretch! Yes, a few stretches can raise your mood and reduce your stress levels. Breathe deeply and hold each stretch for ten seconds. It can help your circulation, range of motion and flexibility.

Check it out:

You might want to check out the 30th Anniversary edition of the book, Stretching by Bob Anderson ($11.46, amazon.com) to learn how to stretch properly. You can even do this at your desk!

stretching by anderson

5. Make your meals an event

When you’re having friends over for dinner or planning a special night with your partner or family, you pull out the fancy napkins, light candles and use your “good” dishes and plates. Why keep them in your cupboards gathering dust until the next big shindig? Take them out and use them daily. There’s something wonderful about sitting down to a pretty table on a weeknight. It even makes food look better.

Toast with this:

funky flamingo wineglass

Funky Flamingo wine glass ($17.50 for two, thelolitastore.com)

It really doesn’t take a lot to add a little bit of pampering to your day. A little indulgence can go a long way to make you feel better, happier and less stressed. Try to set aside some time once a week to enjoy a bit of luxury and you’ll be amazed how the rest of your week flies by and how great you’ll feel.

Tell us: what do you do to reduce stress in your life?

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