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Last Updated on December 6, 2020

27 Simple Ways to Pamper Yourself at Home

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27 Simple Ways to Pamper Yourself at Home

Pampering is the act of indulging oneself and can take on an abundance of forms. How you pamper yourself may be different from another’s, but what you can be certain of is that pampering is a form of self-care that can make a positive impact upon your mental, emotional, and physical health while also improving your overall well-being.

Before we dive into the multitude of ways to pamper yourself at home, let’s take a quick look at the benefits of pampering:

Mental Health

Pampering provides you with a break from the stresses in your life. If you are stressed in your work or home life, a pamper session at home provides you with time to switch off and concentrate on you.

In deciding to make time to pamper yourself, you are providing yourself with an opportunity to escape reality. This promotes relaxation and assists you in recharging or being rejuvenated in order to manage your stresses from a refreshed standpoint.

Pampering offers you an opportunity to be alone with your thoughts and self-reflect without distractions. In contrast, you may use this time to divert your focus to your pampering so that your have some respite from any worries poking at your mind.

Emotional Health

Taking time out to pamper yourself can remind you that you are important, too. It can reinforce, to yourself and others, that you are of value and also improve your self-esteem. Taking care of yourself can evoke feelings of being happy with yourself and your life, and this is then reflected to others and influences how they perceive you.

When you’re feeling your best, you can nurture, inspire, and care for others completely and positively. It’s funny how intentionally putting yourself first for a few hours each week actually makes you better in all of your roles from parent and partner, to friend and co-worker.[1]

Physical Health

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As previously mentioned, different people have different ideas about what form pampering takes. For example, exercise may be your idea of pampering. If this is the case, then it can have a positive effect on your physical health. It is important to note that pampering evokes a relaxation state in a person, and this can affect a person’s physical health in the following ways[2]:

  • Slowed heart rate
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improved digestion
  • Reduced activity of stress hormones
  • Less fatigue
  • Reduced muscle tension and chronic pain

Now that we have looked at the numerous benefits that pampering has for your mental, emotional and physical health, we can take a look at 27 simple ways in which you can pamper yourself in the comfort of your own home.

1. Use a Face Mask

What a great excuse to have 15 minutes to yourself! Let’s face it, you do not want to scare your family with a face that can make you look like somebody from outer-space. Lock yourself away for a bit, lie down, and relax. When you take the mask off, you will feel relaxed, rejuvenated, and thankful for those precious minutes to yourself.

2. Take a Hot Bath

Why not use your favorite bath products and spend as long as you can relaxing in a nice hot bath? Your muscles will be relaxed, your mind will feel calm, and you will feel amazing inside and out.

Spend this time for self-reflection or just time to switch off completely. Make sure that you leave your phone outside of the bathroom so that you are not tempted to catch up on the latest gossip and to ensure that you are using this alone time to its full potential.

3. Use a Hair Mask

Indulge your hair with a luxurious hair mask and give yourself a boost at the same time. You hair will smell amazing and will feel soft with that just-out-of-the-salon feeling.

4. Give Yourself a Manicure and Pedicure

Find your favorite nail polish and catch some time to yourself with a home manicure and pedicure. You can even use a foot mask to get silky soft feet or give yourself a foot soak.

Why not look online for guides on do-it-yourself reflexology? Reflexology is the massaging of specific points on your feet to stimulate the flow of energy and unblock energy around the body[3]. It is thought that reflexology can help to relieve certain problems within the body.

5. Give Yourself a Makeover

You can find lots of online tutorials on makeup and hair. You can spend time experimenting on different hairstyles and makeup that you would not usually do. It is good to reinvent yourself and have a refresh of style once in a while to boost your self-esteem.

6. Use Essential Oils

Essential oils can be used to alleviate the effects of stress on the body as you pamper yourself. They are extracted from natural sources, such as the leaves, petals, and sometimes roots of plants. The oils can be used in diffusers or candles around your home and can aid relaxation[4].

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    7. Art Therapy

    There are various art therapy activities that you can try at home to de-stress. You can use this time to relax and have therapeutic time to yourself. Art therapy can promote rejuvenation of the mind and stress relief.

    8. Meditate

    Meditation has an array of benefits to the mind, body, and soul. What’s more, you can meditate for as little as 5 minutes per day and still receive some great benefits.

    Some of these include[5]:

    • Increase in immunity
    • Decrease in pain and inflammation
    • Happiness boost
    • Decreased anxiety, depression, and stress
    • Improved productivity
    • Increased self-control

    9. Call a Friend

    Grab yourself some time and call a friend. A catch up may be just what you need. You can share any problems that you have and also listen to the problems of your friend, which may put any worries that you have into perspective.

    Alternatively, you may want a worry free zone to escape to and just have a laugh with your friend to cheer you both up.

    10. Read a Book

    Reading a book can be just the excuse to “log off” from life and escape from reality for a while, so pamper yourself with a great fiction or non-fiction read.

    Some benefits of reading include[6]:

    • Improved sleep
    • Relaxation
    • Assists in alleviating depression symptoms
    • Increased vocabulary
    • Reduced stress
    • Increases your ability to empathize

    11. Have a Lie in

    Something as simple as having a lie in on a weekend after a hard week at work can do wonders. Why not turn you alarm off? Don’t feel guilty or lazy; you deserve it and it can be just what you need to rejuvenate. Why not go further and have breakfast in bed?

    12. Binge Watch Your Favorite TV Series or a Film

    Once you have had your lie in, find a TV series or film to watch for a few hours. This can take you away from reality, help you to put any worries to the back of your mind, and give you the well deserved rest and relaxation that you need.

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    13. Listen to Your Favorite Music

    What is better than listening to your favorite tunes? Music improves mood and reduces stress. Lie in bed or relax on the sofa, close your eyes, switch off from your worries, and just listen.

    14. Tidy Your Home

    Now this may not be everybody’s idea of pampering, but hear me out. A tidy home promotes a tidy mind. Think of the feeling of achievement once you have had a good tidy around your home.

    Tidying can be a great activity to boost your mood and to clear your mind. It is great as preparation for creating a clear space, free from distractions for you to indulge in your other pamper sessions.

    15. Practice Yoga

    Practicing yoga is an ideal opportunity to have relaxing time just for you, with the added benefit of it counting towards your activity time and benefiting your mind and body. There are many platforms that you can use to practice yoga at home, including: apps, books and online videos that can aid you on your yoga journey.

    16. Journaling

    You can buy a journal or simply use a diary or a notebook. You can use a journal to write down your thoughts, record ideas, self-reflect, or use it as a tool to set and achieve your goals. Spending as little as 10 minutes per day journaling can be used as time for you and as part of your self-care routine.

    Here are some ways journaling can change your life.

    17. Have a Treat Day

    If you are on a diet or a health kick and are feeling low, have yourself a treat day. Buy your favorite pudding, sit down with a cup, and savor the moment. Look on it as a reward for the effort that you have put in with eating healthily and doing so well.

    18. Make Your Favorite Meal

    Make your favorite meal and treat yourself like you are in a restaurant. There are plenty of online recipes that can help you to make your favorite restaurant food. Use your time cooking to relax, de-stress, and feel accomplished when you get to taste the food that you have put the effort in to make.

    19. Throw a “Me Party”

    Incorporate some of your pamper sessions into one, make your favorite drink, have some party snacks, turn your music up loud, and dance around your house.

    20. Go on an Online Shopping Spree

    Relax, look through the multitude of online shops, and have some retail therapy, but try not to get carried away.

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    21. Create a Vision Board

    Indulge in time to concentrate on your thoughts. Create a vision board to assist you in manifesting your goals or dreams. The idea is to focus your energy on what you desire. The more that you focus on what you want, the more chance there is of achieving those goals and dreams.

    22. Look Through Old Photo Albums or Home Videos

    What better way to immerse yourself in positive vibes than to look back at happy memories and reminisce? This is a way to forget your worries for a while and to concentrate on happy thoughts.

    23. Go Offline

    Mobile phones and computers can easily distract you from concentrating on yourself and your self-care. In modern times, you can become too accessible to others and find it difficult to switch off. Turn your devices off, forget those emails or scrolling through social media posts, and focus on you for a while.

    24. Have a Nap

    Something as simple as having a 15-20 minute nap can help you pamper yourself to get that recharge that you need to carry on with the day/evening. Just make sure that you do not nap for too long so that your sleep at night is not disrupted.

    25. Do Some Gardening

    If the weather allows, get outside in the fresh air and immerse yourself in the garden. Fresh air can refresh your mind, and gardening can be a relaxing and soothing activity that does not need to be strenuous.

    26. Exercise

    Exercise may not be everybody’s idea of pampering. However, there are many benefits to your mind and body. Exercise can release endorphins, which promote positivity and a feeling of happiness. It is an excuse to have some “me time” and can improve self-esteem.

    27. Practice Gratitude

    Gratitude can help you to realize how many positive aspects of your life that you already have. At the end of each day, find a quiet space to practice gratitude. Think about what you have to be grateful for that day. What better way to end your day than to reflect on the positive aspects of your life and to distract from any worries that you may have?

    Final Thoughts

    Pampering is an important part of your self-care routine. Life can be so fast paced and brimming with activity that time for you is important to your mental, emotional, and physical health. There are many benefits to slowing down the pace and spending some time concentrating on you. Pampering is an opportunity for relaxation and rejuvenation of the body and the mind.

    There are an abundance of ways in which you can pamper yourself, some you may not have previously thought of as pampering. However, if you change your mindset, you can look on some activities that you may have previously seen as chores and now look on them as “me time,” an opportune moment for a pamper session.

    In these unprecedented times when you are no longer able to pamper yourself in a spa, you can use some of the ideas presented in this article as simple ways to pamper yourself at home.

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    The Real Reason Why You Feel Exhausted (No Matter How Much You Sleep)

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    The Real Reason Why You Feel Exhausted (No Matter How Much You Sleep)

    I love my sleep. I always make sure to get at least eight hours each night. I’ll even leave parties early so I can get to bed at my usual time Yet, there are still mornings when I wake up feeling exhausted, even after a great night’s sleep. Whenever that happens, I run through a mental checklist, grasping at straws to explain to myself why I feel so groggy: why do I feel exhausted? Did I drink too much last night? Did I stay up past my usual bedtime? Did I hit snooze on my alarm twelve times? Eight hours of sleep a night shouldn’t result in chronic exhaustion, right?

    Regardless of how much quality sleep you’re getting, you can still feel mentally exhausted, burnt out, run-down, worn through—whatever you want to call it. Most of the time, you’re so exhausted you don’t even have the time or the sense to see it clearly.

    The answer is right in front of your face, but you haven’t had a chance to step back and analyze your situation. Maybe you hate your job, or you’re worried about paying rent, but you’re not actively thinking about it. How could you with all that’s going on? It’s planted in your subconscious, lurking there and eating away at your morale.

    That worn-down feeling is a cumulative combination of unconsidered stressful circumstances—an amalgamation of past worries and future anxieties. We aren’t talking about your regular physical exhaustion from a long day’s work standing on your feet. This is purely in between your ears. You’re overstimulated, and it’s dragging you down. But what’s the real reason behind this brain fog? Why do you feel exhausted?

    The first place to look at is stress,[1] which is the body’s natural response to a new challenge or demand. Where are you currently experiencing stress in your life?

    Most pain, exhaustion, or emotional fatigue is the direct result of stress. Daily life is filled with tiny stressors—running to catch the morning bus, praying you’ll find a parking spot, or worrying about the leak in your ceiling at home. As these small stressors pile on uncontrollably, you realize you’re white-knuckling through the day.

    Mental exhaustion,[2] simply put, is long-term stress. It’s having a day like the above over and over again for months on end until it weighs so much it finally drags you to the ground. You can’t keep living like this.

    You may have experienced this in the form of a “mid-life crisis,” or even a quarter-life crisis where you stop and realize you never pursued the things you once hoped and dreamed of. Life passed you by in the blink of an eye. What happened to the “purpose” you once wanted to get out of life? Maybe you wanted to be an artist and all of a sudden, you look down and you’re forty-three years old sitting in a conference room surrounded by suits and boring charts.

    You’re faking your way through life and you’re tired of putting on an act.

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    Why Do You Feel Exhausted?

    “Depression, anxiety, phobias… so many things can be disguised in a way that gives a facade of normalcy over a person’s internal struggles.” —Morgan Housel

    There are many reasons why you may be feeling exhausted. There may be times when you had complete hours of sleep yet ask yourself after waking up: why do I still feel exhausted?

    Why? It’s because there are other possible reasons for this exhaustion other than improper or lack of sleep. Here are some reasons why you feel exhausted.

    1. High-Pressure Occupation (emergency responders and teachers)

    Working in a highly stressful scene like an ER or police department is an obvious input for stress. Long hours on the job and making high-level decisions in crisis mode need to be followed by a period of rest, relaxation, and debriefing.

    2. Working Long Hours

    Consistently clocking in 12-14 hour days for weeks on end can drag you down. Many occupations require this type of work seasonally, like accountants during tax season. But when you’re spending that much time at week year-round and there is no end in sight, mental exhaustion can become chronic.

    3. Financial Stress

    For obvious reasons, being in troubled circumstances with your finances can cause long-term stress and constant worries, which lead to feeling exhausted. How can you enjoy life if you can’t afford to do the things you enjoy? No matter how much you sleep, you will still feel exhausted if something is troubling you at the back of your mind like financial problems.

    4. Dissatisfied With Your Job

    When you ask yourself, “why do I feel exhausted?” Try also asking, “Am I satisfied with my job?”

    Many people slog through life in a job they hate. Whether it’s your unruly boss, the team that you work with, or the customers who you’re sick of hearing complaining, being stuck in a dissatisfying job can cause feelings of resentment in work and your personal life.

    5. Clutter

    Whether you’re naturally a messy person or life has become so frantic that you haven’t even had a chance to clean or organize, clutter plays a massive part in mental exhaustion. Having a clear workspace and a calm environment to walk into makes a difference in mental clarity. This can also affect your productivity and your attitude towards your job.

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    6. Avoidance and Procrastination

    When you feel exhausted, it may be because something at the back of your head is troubling you. You may have some responsibilities that you should be doing or have done but still have not. Putting things off too long will cause hidden stress to climb on top of you like a monkey on your back. Avoiding your responsibilities and procrastinating are some of the possible causes as to why you feel exhausted.

    7. Living With Chronic Pain or an Illness

    Going through life with stress is hard enough. Add on top of that something like chronic back pain or a congenital condition and it’s like taking care of two separate people for yourself. This can also cause feelings of resentment, bitterness, and irritation around people you love, even those who support and take care of you.

    8. Death of a Loved One

    Losing a close friend or family member is something everyone has experienced, and it never gets easier. Many people try to play tough and portray to their loved ones that they are okay and dealing with it just fine. But the reality is that it’s weighing them down.

    Be honest with yourself about it, and have someone you can talk to. Experiencing your grief alone and not sharing it with anyone may be the reason why you feel exhausted.

    9. Lack of Purpose

    Life needs to have a purpose. Every individual has a purpose that is entirely unique to their circumstance. It can be guided by religion, occupation, or an ultimate life goal to strive towards, such as writing a book or owning a business. Without an ultimate purpose, it’s easy to let yourself slip into a depression that leads to mental exhaustion.

    What Should You Do When You Feel Exhausted?

    “When you’re struggling with something, look at all the people around you and realize that every single person you see is struggling with something, and to them, it’s just as hard as what you’re going through.” —Nicholas Sparks

    1. Talk About It

    It may sound obvious, but talking through these struggles with someone is a form of therapy in itself. Chances are, someone has been through the same type of thing that you’re going through right now. Don’t hide it. Open up and learn how others dealt with it. It’s more common than you think.

    2. Find an Outlet or a Hobby

    One way to help find joy out of a life of exhaustion is to come home to a hobby. Unwind from the workday by doing something you love that’s also a bit challenging. Learn how to play guitar, play video games with your kids, read a book, or learn new recipes to cook for your family. Take your mind away from whatever it is you’re worried about. Focus entirely on the process and get out of your anxiety.

    3. Be Realistic

    You can’t do everything. Look at your schedule, and be honest with yourself and the people around you about what’s possible for one person to do in a day. You can’t change the world alone. Enlist the help of others and don’t be too proud to ask. Putting the weight of the world on your shoulders may be the reason why you feel exhausted.

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    4. Arrive Early

    It took me years in life to realize how much being early can relieve stress. Waking up five minutes earlier gives me five minutes to relax and think if I’m forgetting anything before I head out the door. Leaving five minutes before I normally would for an event gives me five minutes to arrive and get a good seat, scope out the scene, or talk to someone and learn something about the place.

    Being early allows you to be relaxed and completely comfortable as opposed to running through life in a hurry. Settle in before anyone else and have the mental edge that you’re prepared for anything.

    5. Exercise More, Try Healthier Habits

    Exercise is probably the last thing you want to do. But have you ever regretted a workout? One hundred percent of the time it makes you feel better and gives you the momentum to have a great day.

    Try healthier habits. Go for a walk right when you get out of bed. Try a new vegetable once a week. Drink more water. Stand more. Replace dessert with fruit. If you drink ten cups of coffee a day, try to go one day a month without coffee. Healthier habits ultimately lead to a happier life in more ways than you think.

    6. Journal

    Similar to talking about your problems, journaling is an excellent outlet for not only getting the thoughts out of your head but also to clarify your feelings. As you write, you’ll realize you actually didn’t understand what you were thinking. Writing helps that. Do it often.

    7. Take Care of Something

    Get a pet. If you’re not ready for a dog, then buy a few plants to take care of. This takes the attention off yourself and on to something that relies on you for livelihood. It will help put everything in perspective and relieve stress and exhaustion.

    8. Meditate

    This is such an overly-used cure-all, but meditation really does help with clarity of thinking and developing a sense of calm in your life. Researchers found that meditation “decreased symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression.[3]

    It doesn’t have to be sitting with your legs cross, fingers in a circle, and saying “Oooommmmmm.” Meditating can take on whatever form you’re comfortable with. It can be taking a few deep breaths before you step out of your car, or it can be closing your eyes and thinking of your loved ones when you’re having a hard time.

    Sometimes before bed, I’ll just close my eyes and envision a future I want for myself. I picture the people I love hugging me and saying “Congratulations.” For what? I don’t know, but I’m putting myself in the mindset to succeed.

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    Final Thoughts

    Dr. Alice Boyes, author of The Healthy Mind Toolkit:[4]

    “The more you work on systems for reducing stress and excess decision-making, the more mental energy you’ll have.”

    This is true in so many areas. Work on habits and routines that will eliminate the number of decisions you make. The more disciplined you are in these areas, the more freedom you will have to do the things you truly want and need. But also, understand how you are getting in your own way.

    Author Tim Ferriss likes to ask himself, “How am I complicit in creating the conditions I say I don’t want?” or “What are the stories I tell myself that interfere with self-love?”

    Take a look at the actions and routines you structure your life around. Are there small tweaks you can make to get out of your own way? What would this look like if it were easy? Sometimes, asking yourself questions like these can lead to surprisingly simple solutions and answer the question of “why do I feel exhausted?”

    As I said, everyone is struggling in their own way. How you manage your stress may differ completely from someone else. By being vulnerable and understanding that you have the ability to overcome this exhaustion, you can begin to find meaning. Exercise consistent positive habits and the momentum will attract more positive momentum. Oh, and get good sleep!

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