This weekend, as I was packing up my cookbooks, I rediscovered a hidden book that I received from a dear friend when I moved away from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 2003.
The book is called 50 Simple Ways to Pamper Yourself by Stephanie Tourles. The author encourages you not to feel guilty for wanting to spend quality time dedicated to boosting your own well-being. She welcomes you to think of pampering as a way to preserve your sanity in an insanely paced world. She asks us to think about how busy we are every day. She sees us “buzzing around like worker bees, tending to everyone else’s needs and ignoring our own”.
50 Simple Ways to Pamper Yourself is written for women who need a break. The techniques Tourles shares help us “to catch our breath, to regain our health, to restore our natural rhythms, to enjoy the meaningful moments in life that have gone by the wayside because we’re so busy”. Although the book is titled 50 Simple Ways to Pamper Yourself, the book actually includes over 300 ways to pamper yourself.
Today I give you permission to pamper yourself.
Here are a few pampering ideas that jumped out at me as I read this book.
- Use lavender essential oils to relax.
- Drink a cup of herbal tea.
- Get an herbal facial steam.
- Give your skin a drink with natural skin toners.
- Dry brush your skin.
- Get a foot massage.
- Soak your feet.
- Eat beans (they are high in vitamin B)
- Exercise outside in the fresh air.
- Get more sleep.
- Drink more water.
- Take a milk bath.
- Brush your teeth with fresh mashed strawberries.
- Put a few drops of lavender or Roman chamomile on your pillow.
- Brighten your home with flowers and/or flowering plants.
- Mist your face with water to refresh and hydrate your skin.
- Use natural odor fighting mouthwash.
- Walk barefoot on the grass.
- Play in warm summer rain.
- Let yourself be playful.
- Try yoga.
- Turn your bedroom into a private retreat.
- Listen to music.
- Spray your feet with chilled peppermint for a cooling energy boost.
- Trust your natural inner wisdom.
What will you do this week to pamper yourself?
Inspire others by letting us know in the comments section.
Disclaimer -I am not a health practitioner and nothing written in this post qualifies as medical or heath advice. These pampering suggestions are not meant to provide health advice and are for general information only. Seek advice of a qualified health professional. Only use essential oils with knowledge and caution. Learn about warnings for using essential oils (pregnancy, amount, frequency, and application, etc) before using. Do not take essential oils internally. If you are receiving treatment for any condition, check with your healthcare professional before attempting to self-treat with essential oils. Should you have any questions or concerns, please consult with a trusted healthcare professional before taking or using any essential oils. Each person is different, and the way you react to a particular product may be significantly different from other people.