>Pampering Yourself in 2010

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In addition to being good for your physical and emotional health, self care can make you look and feel great! Sally Lee believes that everyone deserves to be pampered and our goal in 2010 is to help you find inner contentment with pampering and relaxation products, tips, ideas and more.

I’ve spent most of my 44 years with so many responsibilities that I didn’t make time to care for myself. As women in this day and age we are still typically caregivers, wives, mothers, sisters, friends but often forget about the most important person of all…ourselves. And while it’s hard to prioritize something like taking a bath when you have so many other priorities in life, self care is an important aspect of stress management. A simple soak in the bath tub or other simple forms of pampering can revitalize you inside and out. Once you decide to regularly take time out to treat your body like a temple you will find many benefits to your life, including your:

Physical Health:
While self-pampering doesn’t always lead to major improvements in overall health the way healthy diet and exercise do, the relaxation you get from it can trigger the relaxation response, which can prevent chronic stress from damaging your health, so in a sense, self-care is good for you inside and out.

Emotional Health:
Taking time out to care for yourself can remind you and others that you and your needs are important, too. Having a well-cared-for body can make you feel good about yourself and your life, and conveys to others that you value yourself. This can contribute to long-term feelings of wellbeing.

Makes You a Better Caretaker:
People who neglect their own needs and forget to nurture themselves are at danger of deeper levels of unhappiness, low self-esteem and feelings of resentment. Also, sometimes people who spend their time only taking care of others can be at risk for getting burned out on all the giving, which makes it more difficult to care for others or themselves. Taking time to care for yourself regularly can make you a better caretaker for others.

Taking a few hours for a spa experience and some much-deserved self care is also an effective way to manage stress for the following reasons:

A Break from Stress:
Taking a break amidst a tub of warm bubbles or under the warm hands of an experienced masseuse can help you feel like you’re escaping a stressful reality and taking a mental and emotional vacation. A simple bubble bath can assist your in feeling relaxed and refreshed.

Time Alone:
While different people have varying degrees of introversion and extroversion, having some time alone is important for most people’s functioning. When you’re relaxing by yourself, it’s much easier to slip into a state of quiet meditation, enjoy some self-reflection, or let your problems work themselves out in the back of your mind, without taking all of your focused concentration.

Soothing Feelings:
Giving your body some special treatment is a natural way to relieve stress. Other than keeping your skin soft and your body in good repair, spa-related activities like massage and warm baths have been known to sooth even small colicky babies like nothing else. Such activities continue to be effective tools for relaxation as we get older, but we sometimes forget to utilize them.

We’ll be posting many articles in 2010 which will assist you in creating a home spa experience as well as stress management tips, relaxing crafts for your home, articles about everyday stress and how to deal with them and much more. Happy New Year!

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About marierhoades

Beach bum, wife, mother, lover of dogs & cats. Editor of Sally Lee by the Sea, http://nauticalcottageblog.com, a beach cottage design & lifestyle website.
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