With all of the people in our lives that we love and care for every day, there’s one person that we need to care for above anyone else: ourselves. And sometimes, that’s the hardest thing to remember. We fill our lives with such busyness that sometimes we don’t take the time for ourselves that we so desperately need. As Julia Cameron says, “Treating yourself like a precious object will make you strong.” And the stronger you get, the better you are able to take care of all of those other people and things in your life. So, let’s take a pledge today to carve time out each week to really nurture ourselves and feed our souls. Here are a few of my favorite ways to do just that to get you started.
Never underestimate a good, hot bath. A hot bath at the end of a long day is an easy and inexpensive way to unwind and relax. And don’t baths just feel indulgent? Good. That’s what we’re going for here. Add some bubbles, light those candles and turn on some soft music, and you’re not only taking a bath, you’re creating a whole nurturing experience for yourself.
Indulge, indulge, indulge. Rather than depriving yourself, love yourself by indulging a little every now and then. Whether it’s eating that delicious ice cream cone on a sunny Sunday afternoon, or getting a pedicure on a Tuesday, indulge in something that makes you feel special…and maybe even just a little bit naughty. Just be sure not to judge yourself when you’re doing it. If you’re going to eat something that’s not a part of your daily diet, or spend a little money to pamper yourself, be sure you do so with an open, accepting heart, so it will be a purely positive experience. That’s what nurturing yourself is all about.
And the rest is history. The simplest way to nurture yourself is simply to get adequate sleep. Doctors recommend between 7-9 hours of sleep per night, but most of us aren’t getting that. So, what do you do when you’re sleep deprived and wanting to pamper yourself for free? Take a nap. A 20-minute nap is ideal, and is enough to recharge you, without leaving you feeling groggy. Not a nap person? Venture out and try savasana yoga. This type of yoga focuses solely on total relaxation of the body, and many people find it to be completely restorative, as well.
Spend the day in bed. You know how when you’re sick, it feels like you’re playing hooky? You’re in bed, in your comfy pajamas, tv on, the covers are pulled up to your chin, and you’re totally at peace. But, why save that kind of peaceful downtime just for sick days? Carve out a weekend day every now and then to literally do nothing. Buy your favorite foods at the grocery store the day before or order food to be delivered and just luxuriate in the nothingness of the day. It will really feel like you’re playing hooky, when in reality, you’re just taking good care of yourself.
Treat yourself to a new fragrance. Don’t have a lot of time, but want to feel like a treasure? Head to the beauty department in your favorite department store, and spend a while smelling all of the different fragrances. Rather than relying on nostalgia to help us find our new signature scent, find a scent that most represents you at this moment in your life, and who you aspire to be. A new signature scent is also a wonderful way to begin that new chapter in your life.
Remember, treating yourself with the respect you deserve takes time, patience and some creativity. There are no rules, except one: you need to take time to do it as often as you can.
Moll Wants To Know: How do you treat yourself like the treasure you are?