Treat Yo Self: Simple Summer Tips for Self-Love & Care
Every day, you take care of your work responsibilities, your household, perhaps you even have children and pets. Taking care of all that you’re responsible for can make you feel proud, but it can also make you feel overwhelmed and tired. That’s when you need to plan some “self-love” time and pamper yourself. And you don’t even have to be extravagant to do it. Here are four relatively easy and somewhat inexpensive ways of indulging without feeling guilty, without breaking your budget, and best of all, you get to relax!
Splish-Splash, Take a Bath!
This kind of bath time – just for you – means that you pull out all the stops to make your special bath relaxing and fun. Prepare for your recreational bath first by purchasing a few bath bombs. These inexpensive tennis-ball-sized spheres you drop into your bath water to make it fizz, change colors, and/or bubble up. Some bath bombs also feature special scents and moisturizers. Depending on the bath bomb(s) you choose, you may also want to consider using peppermint or eucalyptus body wash for a cool, tingly feeling. Remember, too, to light up some bath candles to set a relaxing mood. Any way you do your bath, you’ll not only reward yourself for work well done, you’ll beat the summer heat and come out feeling pampered.
Treat Your Feet
Sit back, relax and let your worries of the week float away at your favorite nail salon to get pampered from head to toe! Do your research because some nail salons also offer back massages at the same time. If you are looking to save money, here is the best way to treat your feet at home: Massage your feet using coconut oil mixed with a few drops of lavender oil. Several books and websites can show you the steps for massaging your feet the way the experts do it. The coconut oil will help restore and lock in moisture, while the lavender oil will smell great and help you mentally unwind. Let the oil soak in and do its work by slipping on a pair of soft, comfy socks. After you’ve locked in moisture, go on step further and give yourself a pedicure that includes painting your nails. Be sure to buy some foam toe separators and flip flops like they use in the nail salons. As well, try refrigerating your favorite nail color before you paint your nails. It will not only feel cool going on, but it will also give you an even finish.
Book to the Beach
Nothing feels better when you’re relaxing than sunshine on your shoulders. So why not grab that book you’ve been meaning to read (or the audiobook you’ve been meaning to listen to), along with a bottle of suntan lotion and head to the beach? If you don’t have a beach nearby, your backyard will do. Wearing your favorite swimsuit and sunglasses, lay out your colorful beach blanket, smear on the coconut-scented suntan lotion, and dive into the fantasy world of that best-seller. There’s nothing like getting a tan while you’re entertaining your mind with a great story! It’s a two-fer that will not only help you unwind but also recharge.
Lunch with a Friend
You know that healthy lunch spot you’ve been meaning to try but haven’t? Now’s your chance! Spoil yourself by planning a lunch out – just you and a friend. Even if you only order a salad and dessert, the time you spend just chatting over either a gourmet or casual lunch -- in a place with “atmosphere” -- will help dissolve your stress and feel like a new person. Enhance the occasion by wearing a trendy outfit or a new piece of jewelry and even one of our stylish accessories! Make sure to style your hair, splash on a fresh fragrance and remember to mute your phone and just enjoy yourself!
However you choose to pamper yourself this summer, remember that you’re worth it. You work hard at what you do, and not all your hard work has an immediate reward. So, take the time to enjoy a leisurely bath, a foot treatment, a book at the beach, or a friendly lunch out. When you look back at what you did this summer, you’ll be glad you did.
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