6 Ways to Pamper Yourself
Story & Illustrations by Amira Ismail
1. Invest in a plant
Pampering yourself is all about making yourself feel good. Besides being beautiful and affordable, plants can actually make you happier by combating symptoms of condition such as anxiety and depression, improve our sleeping condition and even boost our learning abilities and productivity levels.
2. Try a staycation
Just because you’re scheduling some vacation days off from work does not mean you need to also book an expensive trip somewhere. All you need to do to reach the perfect point of relaxation is to book a night at a fancy hotel, take a bubble bath, order room service and binge watch your favourite movies. After all, it’s always fun to be a tourist in your own hometown!
3. Spend more money on experiences
A way to truly pamper yourself is to gravitate towards investing on experiences. Engaging in a variety of experiences will help you retain positive emotions. The thrill of purchasing things fades quickly but the joy and memories of experiences, from epic adventures to minute encounters, can last a lifetime.
4. Write a "life is good!" list
What better way is there to make yourself feel happy than by clearly reminding yourself of why your life is good? Making such a list can also help break any bad mood you might be trying to shake.
Take out a notepad and try to come up with at least 15 reasons why you think your life is great. Then, try writing down 15 (or more) things you are thankful for that day. Step away from the list for an hour, and reread it later. You’ll find yourself smiling without even having to try. And the best part? It's completely free.
5. Do what you usually don’t have time for
You have nothing to lose from living life passionately and having time for yourself. So it’s okay to drop the report and be selfish sometimes. Slip into something comfortable, burn up an aromatic candle, brew some tea and start reading that overdue book or finish up that halfway-done painting.
6. Unplug and spend more time with nature
We are meant to be spending time outside, away from the buzz of technology, the radiation from cell-phones and the blaring of screens. Indulging in quiet time to reflect and finding serenity is the ultimate way to reinvigorate your senses. Time outdoors in nature has been linked to happiness because light elevates people’s moods, as does vitamin D, a byproduct of spending time outside. Try to combine your outside time with meditation, yoga, or other therapeutic movement arts.