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"Doing something nice for myself is not selfish." – Christine Morgan.

How we feel about ourselves makes a difference. Many of us are overstressed, overbooked, and overwhelmed. We find no time to do anything special for ourselves.

I spent years feeling like I was not worth spending the extra money on myself. I didn't make "extra maintenance" a part of my routine. I cared for myself, washed my face, showered, washed my hair, and all the other things women usually do. But, the extras did not seem important, and I felt selfish when I thought about doing them.

It is important to note that everyone has different circumstances and reasons for not pampering themselves. However, some common reasons women might not pamper themselves could include:

Time: Many women juggle multiple roles and responsibilities, leaving them with little to no time for self-care and pampering.

Financial Limitations: The cost of spa treatments, beauty products, and other forms of pampering can add up, and some women might need more disposable income to spend on these non-essential items.

Guilt and the Perception of Self-Indulgence: Some women may feel guilty spending time and money on themselves, viewing it as selfish or indulgent.

Lack of Awareness or Access: Some women may not have access to resources and information about the importance of self-care and pampering for mental and physical health.

Mental Health Struggles: Women experiencing mental health issues such as depression or anxiety might struggle to prioritize self-care. Mental health challenges can sap energy and motivation, making it harder to take the time to pamper oneself.

I have grown as a person and believe that I am worth a lot. I am priceless (ha, ha). There are a few things that I do regularly to pamper myself. I get my nails and toes done, cover the gray in my hair, and get my face waxed. There are other things I would like to do, but some of the above barriers stand in the way.

Only some things we can do to pamper ourselves cost significant money! There are numerous affordable (or free!) ways to give yourself a little treat and care.

Here are five suggestions:

1. Take a Relaxing Bath:

How: Fill up the bathtub with warm water, add some inexpensive bath salts, Epsom salts, or a few drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender is a popular choice for relaxation). Light some candles and play soft music for a more soothing atmosphere.

Benefits: Helps to relax your muscles, soothe your skin, and provide a peaceful, meditative break from the hustle and bustle.

2. At-Home Facial Mask:

How: Use ingredients from your kitchen to make a homemade facial mask. For example, mix honey and oatmeal or mash up a banana with a teaspoon of yogurt. (For ideas on ingredients for making a face mask, check out Google.)

Benefits: It nourishes your skin, can help with various skin issues, and gives a refreshing feel.

3. Meditation and Deep Breathing Exercises:

How: Set aside 10-20 minutes daily for meditation or deep breathing exercises. You can find guided sessions online for free.

Benefits: Helps reduce stress, improves mental clarity, and enhances emotional well-being.

4. Nature Walk:

How: Go for a walk in a nearby park, beach, or trail. Take your time to observe the beauty of nature, breathe in the fresh air, and feel the sun on your skin.

Benefits: Boosts mental and physical health, provides a break from daily routine, and connects you with nature.

5. DIY Manicure/Pedicure:

How: Give yourself a manicure or pedicure at home. Soak your hands/feet in warm water, gently exfoliate the skin, and apply nail polish if desired.

Benefits: Offers relaxation, enhances the appearance of hands/feet and boosts self-confidence.

YOU ARE WORTH IT – Go out and do something nice for yourself.

Have a great week.

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