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Last Updated on December 6, 2020

27 Simple Ways to Pamper Yourself at Home

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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    5 Simple Stretches to Boost Your Energy at Your Office Desk

    5 Simple Stretches to Boost Your Energy at Your Office Desk

    Everyone knows that sitting for long periods of time is bad for your body and your mind. Getting the blood flowing helps you stay fresh with creativity, boosts energy, and helps your body work more efficiently. Many of us don’t have the opportunity to get up and move around as often as we should, but simple stretches added in during the day can help.

    Studies have found that prolonged sitting can lead to increased risk in obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, deep-vein thrombosis, and metabolic syndrome. Sitting is also known to increase pain by tightening the hip flexor and hamstring muscle, as well as stiffening the joints. This can cause problems with balance and gait in addition to the obvious discomfort.[1]

    One study found that “greater total sedentary time” and “longer sedentary bout duration” were both associated with a higher risk of death. Basically, those who moved around less were more likely to die from any cause[2].

    While many of us have busy schedules that limit the amount of time we can exercise each day, doing simple stretches throughout the day at your desk can be a great option to encourage movement, even if it’s just for a few minutes.

    Here are 5 simple stretches you can do while sitting to improve your mind and body.

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    1. Seated Twist

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      Sitting in your chair while keeping a long, tall spine, place your right hand on the outside of your left knee. Use that hand as leverage to twist to your left, and place your left hand as far to the right as possible to have something to hang onto while you twist. Now join it with your breath.

      Exhale as you move into your twist, and inhale as you ease off. Repeat on the other side. Repeat for each side 2-3 times.

      This simple stretch is great to offer a release for your back, neck, and shoulders. The twist will also help rinse out your internal organs, giving you a little boost of energy.

      2. Chest/Shoulder Opener

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        Sitting on the edge of your chair, clasp your hands behind your back, opening up your chest and shoulders. Inhale/exhale several times, noticing that when you inhale your stretch increases. Release and repeat 2-3 times.

        This stretch, while aimed at the chest muscles, can also alleviate some upper back pain, as we often feel pain in this area when our chest muscles are tight. This will also open up your lungs, allowing you to take some deep breaths, which can help reduce stress.

        3. Seated Pigeon

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          I call this one Seated Pigeon as it is a cousin to the yoga pose called Pigeon, which is performed lying on the floor. Clearly this isn’t an option at work. This Seated Pigeon version might not work if you are wearing a short skirt or dress unless you have an office to yourself!

          Sit on the edge of your chair and place your right ankle over your left knee. Be sure that your left foot is directly under your left knee and flat on the floor. Sit nice and tall, imagining a string is pulling the crown of your head up towards the ceiling.

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          This one is great for releasing your gluteus medius and minimus muscles, as well as your piriformis muscles. These are your hip abductors. These are usually what aches when you sit so much! Hold each stretch for about 30 seconds, and repeat on each side 2-3 times.

          This will offer a great release in the hips, as well as create stability in the knee joint. Both of these will help you avoid pain once you get up to leave work for the day.

          4. Hip Flexor Stretch

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            Sitting truly shortens and tightens your little hip flexor. This sits at the front in the crease of your hip. It runs through your pelvis to your back, so when it is tight, it often presents with an achy back.

            To lengthen this muscle while at your desk, sit at the edge of your chair, but shift to face to your left. Take your right leg and extend it behind you with as straight a knee as you can. Sit tall, and lift your sternum while trying to tuck your tailbone under, as this will deepen the stretch.

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            Repeat on the other side. Repeat for both sides 2-3 times.

            5. Hamstring Stretch

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              This is an easy one to do either just before you sit down or just after getting up. While standing, soften your right knee and extend your left leg in front of you with your heel on the floor. On your left leg, draw your toes upwards, keep your knee slightly bent so you don’t strain your ligaments behind your knee.

              You want to feel the stretch in the belly of the muscle (that is, your mid-thigh, at the back of your leg) rather than behind the knee. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds and switch to the other side. Repeat each side 2-3 times.

              Stretching out your hamstring can help relieve knee and lower back pain. It can also help increase your balance and range of motion. If you like to spend your free time running or jogging, your hamstrings will be grateful you took a moment to stretch them out at work as these muscles are notorious for tightening up quickly.

              The Bottom Line

              It isn’t necessary to do all of the stretches all at once. Take a stretch break every 45 minutes or so and choose a couple of different stretches. Next time, choose a different set of simple stretches. Ultimately, your brain and body will thank you for it!

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              Reference

              [1] Harvard Health Publishing: The dangers of sitting
              [2] Annals of Internal Medicine: Patterns of Sedentary Behavior and Mortality in U.S. Middle-Aged and Older Adults

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