So many of us spend our days doing everything we can to take care of our responsibilities. Our kids, our spouse, and our jobs come before us.
We do it daily, with enthusiasm, determination, and love, until we almost run ourselves ragged.
But somewhere along the line we have lost sight of taking care of ourselves. However, recent studies are indicating that it needs to be a high priority.
Stress and negative emotions have damaging effects on the body, both physically and mentally.
They can weaken the immune system and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and inflammation throughout the body.
Negativity and stress can cause headaches, nausea, and inability to sleep.
And, they can make you feel incapable of handling your day, emotionally unsteady, or lead to more serious levels of anxiety and depression.
Being Good to Yourself is Healthy
On the flipside, pampering has been found to be good for our mental, physical, and emotional states.
Little things we do for ourselves can have a profound impact on our positive emotions, resulting in improved health and overall wellbeing.
Eating healthy can decrease depression and impulsivity, as well as enhance your mood.
Working out battles stress, anxiety, and fatigue, with the added perk of helping us look great.
Getting more sleep actually boosts mood and enhances positivity.
Allowing ourselves small pleasures relieves stress, improves our sense of self, and elevates our outlook.
It refreshes and energizes us and allows to get back in the game without feeling completely exhausted and defeated.
In simple terms, our mind and bodies are interconnected.
Steps taken to improve one will improve the other, leading to overall benefits in all aspects of your life.
You need to take care of yourself to be the best version of you, allowing you to be the best mother, spouse, employee you can be.
We’re not referencing extravagant vacations or costly days at expensive spas, although those have their time and place, too, if they are in your budget.
Let’s talk about some little things you can do for yourself to help conquer your busy life and feel good while doing it.
Buy yourself Flowers
Flowers have been shown to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, increase creativity, and elevate mood.
Certain floral scents, such as lavender, relieve stress, anxiety, depression, and restlessness.
Just viewing roses has been proven to decrease stress.
Take Five Minutes
Start your day with quiet gratefulness. Whether it’s meditation or prayer, take stock and give thanks for the blessings in your life.
Focusing on the good in our lives helps us keep positivity at the center of our mindset, reducing worry and helping us gear up for the day.
Draw a Bath and Light Scented Candles
The heat of the water relaxes your muscles and reduces tension.
The aromatherapy provided by the candles triggers peacefulness while reducing anxiety and feelings of restlessness.
Add dried lavender or your favorite essential oil to your bathwater for some extra pampering.
Read a Good Book
Reading quiets the worries of your day and helps you relax. Better yet, start or join a book club with your friends.
Discuss your latest read, sip a glass of wine, and spend time with your girlfriends.
It’s been found that being social can boost your immune system, help you age better, support you in meeting personal goals, and increase your overall feelings of happiness.
Carve out Time to Exercise Regularly
This may mean going for a run, taking a yoga class, walking the dog with a friend, or getting a personal trainer if you can afford it.
What it doesn’t mean is counting chasing your kid around while hurdling toys as your workout. Being good to yourself is healthy.
Whether it’s the cost of running shoes, the price of a gym membership, or no cost at all for a walk around the neighborhood, the rewards are worth it.
You will clear your mind, release feel-good endorphins, strengthen your muscles, burn fat, boost your metabolism, reduce stress and tension, elevate your mood, and bolster your self-esteem.
As an added bonus, people who exercise regularly also report having an increased libido and more satisfaction.
Get Dressed, Brush your Hair, and put on a Fresh Face Every Day
Whether you are leaving the house or not, wear something that makes you feel good.
Fix your hair and follow a good skin care regimen with moisturizer.
You don’t have to straighten or curl your hair everyday or put on a face full of makeup if that’s not your style, but discover and nurture your natural beauty so you feel good about yourself and confident.
This will help set a positive mindset to help you tackle your day.
Being good to yourself is healthy!
There are countless other ways to pamper yourself or carve out a little “me” time in your day.
Whether it be one of the ways listed above, or treating yourself to a good haircut, facial, or pedicure, take care of yourself.
Be creative and cater to whatever it is that you enjoy, but make a promise to yourself to try to find at least one simple way to treat yourself every week, if not every day.
It’s not frivolous, being good to yourself is healthy, it’s scientifically good for you!