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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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    Published on December 15, 2021

    What Supplements Should I Take Daily To Stay Healthy?

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    What Supplements Should I Take Daily To Stay Healthy?

    Having quality nutrition every day is key to staying healthy and fit. Many people wonder if taking supplements is needed to supply their needs. The answer to this question lies in a lot of factors. Here’s the thing: there is no black and white approach when it comes to taking supplements, but if you’ve been wondering whether you need supplements or not, I will help clarify some of your concerns.

    Sometimes, having too many options of supplements on the market can be overwhelming. If you’re still asking yourself what supplements to take, then keep reading.

    What Supplements Should I Take?

    When you reach for that bottle of vitamins or fish oil, for example, you wonder if any of these will work and if they are safe. Well, the main thing you should be asking yourself is if you need them in the first place. And the truth is, there are tons of supplements for different needs.

    Our body requires all the necessary nutrients, like vitamins, minerals, protein, healthy fat, and fiber every day. The best source for these nutrients is real food. Nothing beats having a balanced lifestyle that includes quality whole foods. But the reality is that most people are not meeting the minimum requirements of certain nutrients, especially vitamins and minerals.

    Even with fiber, people struggle to eat enough fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, for instance. That’s why you can see many symptoms like digestive issues and lack of energy.

    Supplements come into the picture to help your body meet all the necessary nutrients. They also help avoid any deficiency. Supplements can even strengthen your body and enhance your metabolism. There are many benefits of taking supplements. The answer to whether you’ll need to take them depends on many other things.

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    Should I Invest in Supplements?

    Before I suggest a list of the types of supplements you should take, this is what you should bear in mind. Supplements are just an aid to a healthy eating lifestyle. In other words, you should always aim to eat healthier, vary your plate, and have enough whole foods in your diet. That is crucial to ensure that you are meeting at least the minimum nutrient requirements.

    You shouldn’t invest in supplements to get your main nutrition. Always focus on quality foods before you supplement your diet. Now, supplements can reinforce what you’re lacking in your eating lifestyle. Because of that, I love to always have some sort of multivitamin complex.

    In general, if you have a proper eating lifestyle, it’s not mandatory to invest in supplements. However, there are specific cases, for example, pregnant women, in which we recommend taking supplements. Always make sure that you check with your doctor or nutritionist before taking any form of supplement.

    Why Do I Need Supplements? Which Ones Are Important?

    Below are the most common reasons why you may need to take supplements and which ones you should try.

    1. Restricting Eating Lifestyles

    As a nutritionist, I rarely recommend anyone going through a restrictive diet. In fact, I discourage it altogether. The best thing is that you embrace a balanced eating lifestyle since this is the way to ensure you stay at a healthy weight and have a good metabolism. That’s the reason why I don’t like removing entire food groups from people’s diets.

    However, I also understand diverse eating lifestyles. For example, there is a vast majority of people that are actively changing to a vegan lifestyle. If you’re a raw vegan or strictly plant-based, you may need to supplement certain vitamins. Because animal foods like dairy, certain meats, and poultry have essential vitamins and minerals like B12, iron, and folic acid, then you may have less intake of these in plant-based foods. There is much debate in this area related to plant-based diets, but basically, experts recommend taking supplements.

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    As I said about restrictive diets, eliminating entire food groups can cause you to suffer certain problems like lack of energy, constipation, less muscle, and lower brain function.[1] Before you try any type of diet out there, make sure you have a better relationship with food and check with a health professional. Overall, a good multivitamin complex should be good enough to supply all your needs. Go for the ones that provide vitamin B complex and minerals like iron, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, and zinc.

    2. Reinforcing Nutrient Intake

    It’s true that eating the right foods is essential for your body. Apart from that, certain processed foods, like dairy, cereals, and others are fortified with certain vitamins and minerals. Take advantage of these types of healthy foods as well.

    If you feel like you could lack a certain nutrient, then taking multivitamins is a good option. Not only because it will help you meet your goals, but it will also ensure that your body has more energy and better performance. Therefore, there is nothing wrong with taking a supplement to reinforce your healthy eating lifestyle. Apart from multivitamins, you could also take fiber supplements in case you struggle with digestive issues or you feel like you’re not eating enough plant-based foods.

    3. Special Conditions

    There are certain cases or stages in life when you may need to take supplements. For instance, pregnant women require higher amounts of certain vitamins and minerals, like iron and folic acid.[2] Elderly people should also consume some supplements since their body absorbs less nutrients compared to younger people.[3] That’s why certain protein drinks, multivitamins, and omega-3 are prescribed to this age group. Also, people who have certain chronic health problems or underwent surgery may need supplements.

    Women going through menopause are also often required to take supplements.[4] If you belong to this age group, you may need to talk to your doctor about supplements to balance off your hormone levels. Remember that not all supplements are made equally, and some ingredients may have side effects. This is especially true if you’re on prescriptions. Always check first.

    4. Fitness Goals

    Who doesn’t want to boost their fitness results? People that train at the gym often ask if they need to have protein supplements. It all goes down to the basics: eat healthily and put that as a priority. However, you can also take supplements based on your goals.

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    Whether you want to burn some fat, build muscle, or are an athlete, supplements can reinforce and speed up your results. But here’s the thing: you should always do it the right way and not rely only on supplements for fitness results. Everything goes hand in hand, and it’s a matter of balance and moderation.

    Now, here are some supplements you can take to improve your muscle performance, growth, and fat burn:[5]

    • Whey protein
    • L-glutamine
    • Branch chain amino acids
    • Multi-vitamin complex and fish oil
    • MCT oil

    These supplements, coupled with a good diet, help provide steady muscle development, shed fat, and keep a healthy metabolism for better results. You have to be active to see their benefits, though. This will ensure your body is using up the nutrients effectively and not stored as fat.

    There are some other great supplements made to boost energy levels and increase muscle efficiency. Here are some examples:[6]

    • Guaraná
    • Gingko biloba
    • Ginseng
    • Creatine
    • Citrulline

    These are natural energy boosters. Caffeine also does a good job when it comes to improving your energy levels. These supplements should be a compliment to a healthy diet, or if you struggle with low energy performance when working out.

    Speaking of energy, sometimes, simple lifestyle habits like sleeping better can make a huge difference in how you feel. So, make sure you are also working on these other areas of your life and not relying exclusively on supplements.

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    5. Beauty and Self-Care

    You can also find supplements for personal care. Some help to enhance your skin health, others are for hair and nails growth.

    For example, collagen and multivitamins are commonly used for beauty and skincare. Because collagen is our skin’s main protein, we need to ensure our body has enough to stay glowing and healthy. Collagen also has powerful effects on skin beauty and anti-aging. You can easily add this protein to your drinks and foods to enhance your own skin’s collagen.[7]

    If you didn’t know, adding collagen to your regimen after you’re 25 can help slow down the effects of aging. At that age, our skin produces less collagen, and we lose skin elasticity. Therefore, it’s a nice addition to your supplements and skincare routine.

    Final Thoughts

    You should always aim to have a healthy eating regimen before thinking about what supplements you need. Second, assess what are your lifestyle and health goals. Also, determine if your health and/or fitness condition requires you to add supplements.

    Remember that your objective is to get enough protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. If your diet lacks any of these, look for an assessment on how to get these nutrients.

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