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Simple Ways To Pamper Yourself At Home

Simple Ways To Pamper Yourself At Home

When you work five days a week, and sometimes even spend longer than 8-hour work days in the office, it is hard to find ways to pamper yourself. Lots of times, you find yourself getting home from work too tired to do anything else but doze off in bed. But something is wrong with that scenario because the least best thing that we can do to our bodies is to take them for granted. Getting stressed because of work and bringing work home is not a good idea; your body needs to relax and recuperate from cooperating with you to meet all of your demands during work hours.

The good news is, you do not need to go outside of your home to pamper yourself. Here are some simple and easy things that you can do within the comforts of your home to show your body that you are not taking it for granted. Do pamper yourself after a long day at work. Think of it this way: your body is your most important asset at work (and in general). Without it, there will be no work delivered at all.

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Use the bathtub or hot tub

The warm water will definitely soothe tired and aching muscles. Other benefits for using a bathtub or hot tub are improved sleep, lower blood pressure and blood sugar, reduces anxiety, and decreased migraines and tension headaches.

Add epsom salt in your bathtub for a more relaxing and therapeutic effect.

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Exfoliate

Get rid of all those dead skin cells by exfoliating when having a hot shower. You only need a loofah or body brush and a body exfoliant gel. Getting rid of dead skin cells will leave you glowing and feeling better about yourself.

Medidate with candles

Turn off those bright, artificial lights and light up some candles and meditate. This relaxes your mind and gives you a peaceful feeling. A good thing to add to meditating are natural sounds such as birds chirping or ocean waves hitting the shore. You can get these from portable sound machines.

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Scented oils

Use aroma therapy to soothe your senses and relax your brain. Resting on a couch or in bed will be a more powerful stress reliever, especially if you have a good, relaxing scent in the room.

Eat a good meal

There is definitely something relaxing about eating a good meal inside the comforts of your own home. First off, you are not rushed to finish your meal or interrupted by other people in the room. If you do not have the time to cook a good meal on your own, you can still do take-out and eat it while relaxing at home.

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Play with your pets

You’ll find that when you play with your pets you’ll feel happier and calmer. This gives two-way benefits as this makes your pet(s) happy too.

Use soft, comfortable pillows and blankets

What a good and relaxing feeling to pop down on the couch or on the bed with a soft, fluffy pillow and blanket that feels like velvet on your skin. While lying down, put cucumber slices on top of your eyes and let the coolness help relax you and rid the dark circles under your eyes.

Disconnect from work

Do not check work emails at home or do work-related things unless they are absolutely necessary. You were already at work for 8 hours, and anything beyond that can be toxic to your well being.

Exercise

Use your gym equipment at home. And if you don’t have it, watch exercise videos and do these in your home. This promotes good health and relieves stress. And the best thing of all is you do not even have to leave your house.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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