A little self-indulgence goes a long way…
So, you’ve often been told that being selfish, self-indulgent and self-absorbed are bad things — and they are … in many ways. But if you’re the kind of person to put everyone else’s needs ahead of your own — whether it’s your spouse, kids, family or friends, now is the time to put the brakes on that behavior and do a little introspection.
Sounds too selfish? Well, think about it. How will you be able to be all things to all people if your body isn’t up to the task? If you’re overworked, stressed out and are not getting enough rest and relaxation, you won’t be able to look your best, feel your best or be the best person you can be. So, take a break, take a breath and make a list of the things you need to do to be your best you.
Here are 5 things that should be on your short list:
Relax — Whether your idea of relaxation is lounging with a favorite book or taking leisurely laps in a resort swimming pool, you should always make time for some R&R. One great way to do that is to get a full body massage. Something comforting and soothing like a Swedish or Thermal Palms massage is a great way to melt away the stress and let the body indulge in a process of renewal and detoxification.
Put Your Best Face Forward — Your face is pretty much the first thing everyone sees. If fresh-faced is your preference, or supermodel-glammed-up is your thing, it really doesn’t matter. What’s really important is that your face looks healthy, youthful and has a wonderful glow. One of the best ways to achieve that is to have professional facials at least a few times a year. Sure, you might be using the best cleansers, spot treatments or pore refining scrubs out there, but having a professional facial could help you accomplish and maintain healthy-looking skin. If you want to uncover fresh new skin and target wrinkles, then a microdermabrasion session may be for you.
Get Some New Designer Duds — Yes, update your look. It’s one of the easiest ways to boost confidence and give you a new lease on life. Splurge a little. Get that Michael Kors handbag or Manolo Blahnik pumps. Add a little color to your wardrobe. Spring is on the horizon — refresh, renew, revitalize your style! Not sure what’s in vogue? Pick up the latest issue of Style, Us Weekly or Redbook magazine — see what’s hot, what’s not and what will work for your body type, style and age. Or, let that nice lady at the department store help you. You’ll be amazed at the response you’ll get.
Smile — Okay, so that seems like a no-brainer, but do you know how many people get overlooked for opportunities, dates or just simple meaningful conversations because they don’t smile? Too many. A little smile can make a big difference and if you have great teeth, better yet. If you don’t, the advances in cosmetic dentistry are significant and there’s a dentist out there who can get your smile to where you want it. They say it takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 three to frown. Who care’s if those numbers are accurate. The only thing you need to know is that you look better smiling than frowning. So go ahead, show off your pearly whites.
Just Say No — Its surprising how easy it was for us to say “No” as kids, and how difficult for us to utter that word as adults.
“Honey, can you …?”
“Mom, can you…?”
“Hey sis, can you …?”
Well you get the idea. Surprise them by saying no. No you can’t pick up the dry cleaning because they forgot. No you can’t stay late to finish that project because your co-worker isn’t pulling his weight. It’s liberating! Just say no. Not only will this free you from obligations you basically invite upon yourself, it will also allow the askers to think twice before asking, because you’re no longer the yes-person who wants to please everyone.
These tips may not solve all your problems, but they’ll certainly help you to look out for yourself. So go ahead, get that new wardrobe, take that trip, indulge in a spa day. Whatever you do, love yourself just a little bit more. It will make you a much better you!