Yesterday in the post, I shared some different ways to get started with self-care. It helps to schedule time for self care in your calendar or diary to ensure you are setting aside time for personal self care. This also helps to reinforce the new habit you are creating to be more mindful and proactive about your self care.
Another way to keep things interesting is to treat yourself to things you’ve always wanted to do. Try adding some new and different experiences to your self care routine to vary it and pamper yourself. It’s a great way to stay motivated to do things to care for yourself and it is like giving yourself a little gift every day.
When we take physical care of ourselves in a pampering way in which it feels like we are really treating ourselves, it makes us feel good and worthy. Pampering is a go-to for many people when it comes to their self-care routine. Think of something you’ve never done before. It doesn’t have to be expensive. A small act of indulgence can have the same effect as an extravagant one. Maybe consider scheduling a manicure if you’ve never had one. A bubble bath with candles can be soothing if this is something you don’t do very often. A spa day with a friend could rejuvenate your body and spirit if your budget will allow.
Most of us don’t buy ourselves presents very often or even give ourselves little treats. You can change that starting now. Think of something within your budget you’ve been wanting for a while now. Then give yourself permission to buy it. Maybe it’s that snazzy pair of shoes you’ve had your eye on or the cell phone upgrade that would make your life easier. No matter how small it may be, treating yourself with just one gift can be a great boost to your self-worth.
Enjoy the Little Things
Often we think self-care has to be on a grand scale, but it really doesn’t have to be. It’s often the tiniest gestures that are the most meaningful ones. Small, free or low-cost treats allow you to spoil yourself more often when you indulge in them.
What are some little things you’ve never done for yourself that you can start adding to your life today?
For example, if you love flowers, have you ever treated yourself to a small bunch? If not, then give it a try. Imagine how wonderful and special you would feel every time you glanced at that beautiful bouquet on your desk or table. What a boost it would be for you!
Think of your favourite food item, the one you have on special occasions. Try making one day a week a little more special by sampling a new version of it? For example, commit yourself to tasting a new truffle each week at your favorite cholate shop. Get creative with it.
When you add new experiences to your self-care routine it keeps things interesting and can also help make them more meaningful. Novelty will also expand your world and enrich your life. Plus, it’s just fun!