De-stress and recharge your batteries with a little pampering. Pampering yourself and enjoying some "me time" are essential for your mental health and happiness.
Take a spa day
A day at the spa doesn't have to be expensive. Check your local spas for specials. Most of them have discounts for new visitors and monthly specials for everyone. Maybe you can't afford to splurge on a full day of pampering, but that doesn't mean you can't indulge at all. Ask for a half-day package that combines three or four treatments. Even just a massage and a facial are enough to help you relax and feel good.
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Relax with meditation
Pamper yourself every day through meditation. Meditation helps you relax, and it also has a number of other health benefits. It can reduce anxiety, depression and stress. Meditation also helps build self-confidence, improves concentration and productivity and provides peace of mind. Physically, it can lower blood pressure, improve circulation, decrease muscle tension, cure headaches, harmonize your endocrine system and enhance your immune system.
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Get a mini makeover
If you are in a bit of a rut, head to your local salon (or even the department store makeup counter) and get a mini makeover. A new haircut or professional makeup application does more than make you look good -- it also helps you feel great. Pay attention to the makeup application tricks and hairstyling techniques so that you can recreate the look at home with ease.
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Get away for the weekend
Take a break and get away for a weekend of pampering. Book a night or two at a hotel and take advantage of its services. Order room service and an in-room massage. Lounge at the hotel pool, relax in the hot tub or get a treatment at the spa. Indulge a little and pamper yourself. Even if the hotel is in your own city, it will seem like a getaway just because you're in different surroundings.
Have a pedicure party
If you can't afford to head to the spa or go out of town every week, don't worry. You can still pamper yourself simply by having a get-together with your girlfriends. Invite a handful of your BFFs over for girls' night in. Enjoy an evening of laughs, good conversation and a little bit of pampering in the form of pedicures or facials.
Buy yourself a treat
Every week, treat yourself to something special. It doesn't have to be expensive -- a new paperback you've been wanting to read, a bouquet of flowers for your table, a new piece of clothing or a small item for your home will do. Love yourself enough to pamper yourself with the things that make you feel good or make your life a little easier.
Try something new -- cooking lessons, art classes or sports activities -- to pamper yourself. New activities stimulate your mind and body.