5 Ways to Treat Yourself
Despite research showing that not only is taking time for your self good for your mental health, but it’s also good for your physical one too.
There’s still a pang of underlying guilt associated with taking time for yourself.
But it’s important to start having “treat yourself” days and you’ll soon reap the rewards.
Here are some of our favourite ways to “treat yourself”.
1. Go for a Massage
Massages have proven benefits for improving your health. From easing muscle pain, soothing anxiety to helping you sleep better.
It’s the overall experience that will help you.
A day at a spa is all about switching off and enjoying a digital detox even if it is just for a few hours.
It can have a profound impact on your health.
2. Read a Book
Take a few hours for yourself and snuggle down in a comfy corner of your home and grab a book.
Wrap yourself up in a cozy blanket and get transported to another world. Not only does reading a good book reduce stress levels, studies have shown that it keeps the brain mentally stimulated too.
Even if you can’t dedicate a full day to reading, just spending an hour or two before bed will make all the difference.
3. Enjoy a Spot of Retail Therapy
A traditional treat yourself activity is a spot of retail therapy. With studies showing that it reduces blood pressure and helps manage stress.
Buying that beautiful leather bag you’ve been eyeing up is actually good for your health.
4. Watch a Film
Known as Cinema Therapy watching a film encourages emotional release. Watching a film by yourself without the interruption from others is one of the best ways you could treat yourself.
Whether you decide to go the movies solo or have a night in with the latest film release remember to switch off your phone.
This is about avoiding distractions and becoming fully immersed in the experience.
5. Get Back to Nature
Spending time outdoors has been proven to improve mental and physical health. Astonishingly people who walk in nature vs people who walk in more urban areas experience lower activity in their prefrontal cortex.
This is the area of the brain that malfunctions in people who are depressed or under high levels of stress.
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Spending time outside doesn’t have to mean a day hiking, simply sitting outside, closing your eyes and listening to the sounds of nature can be enough to start to feel mother nature’s healing hands.
Whatever is your way of treating yourself, it’s important to do it regularly and without guilt.
Self-care isn’t selfish.
How do you treat yourself?
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.