In today’s modern culture, it is often implied that doing things for ourselves is deemed as ‘selfish’. We are told from an early age that putting other people first is something that should be second nature to all of us.
While this is true for the most part, it should never be done at the expense of ourselves! It is important to look after other people and show friends and family that you care, of course – but it is also important that you look after number one.
Self-love and self-care have come back into the public eye recently as many more people become aware of their own mental health, and the importance of taking care of it.
Sometimes, it can really pay off just to treat yourself to something – a reminder to yourself that you deserve it! Here are some of the top ways you can treat yourself, no matter what your budget is.
A spa day
If you have found yourself more stressed out than usual, a spa day might be just the kind of thing you need. Stress can affect us all, whether it derives from work, family issues or a combination of the two.
You may feel as though most people go to spas with another person, or that you should only attend when you have been given a voucher as a gift, or something similar. But in reality, there’s no rule that says you cannot just attend a spa simply because you want to.
Most spas offer a wide selection of treatments and activities for you to choose from, so speak to an adviser about what kind of thing you are after. Some people find beauty treatments at spas a great way to treat themselves, while others prefer massages or even low-intensity exercises such as yoga.
Jewellery is another one of those things that has some kind of taboo around it, in terms of buying it for ourselves. Granted, we nearly always receive jewellery as a gift, but the problem with relying on that is that you can never determine what exactly you are going to end up with!
If you have seen a piece of jewellery that you completely covet, such as a handmade pearl necklace, go ahead and buy it for yourself! A quality piece of jewellery can easily make us feel much more luxurious in our everyday lives, so it’s a great way to spend your hard-earned cash.
Sometimes, time can be the one thing we find we don’t have enough of. Parenting, working and socializing can all take up the majority of our time, and any spare moment we do get we usually want to spend sleeping! It might not seem like much, but treat yourself to a night off from all your responsibilities.
Ask your partner or a family member to do you a favor and take care of the kids for the night, then settle down with a bubble bath, a good book and a glass of wine. It’s the little things that can make us feel more human again, so don’t neglect your self-care!
Midlife mum from Cardiff. Wine Imbiber. Likes glitter, fluff and olives. Approaching tweendom with Caitlin (11) and Ieuan (10). The husband is hiding in the loft.
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