// Embrace A Little Self-Indulgence

We all have responsibilities and things we have to take care of, but that does not mean that you should always cast your own wants and needs to the sidelines. It does not take long for constant self-neglect to wreak havoc on your health and wellbeing. If you want to be the best you for your children, partner, work, and family,  then a little bit of regulated self-indulgence is what you need. Being able to spend a bit of time and money on you can be some much-needed therapy. 

How about a nice warm bath
When you know you will have the time when Dan is with the kids, why not run a nice hot bath. Make sure you have some bath salts, and some bubbles, how about a little aromatherapy too? Think about the ambiance, candles, and little chilled out music on low. That sounds good doesn’t it? Can you even remember the last time you had a bath like that? The truth is, a nice hot bath isn’t just about a little self-indulgence, it is actually good for your health and wellbeing too. It can reduce stress hormones, such as cortisol. It lowers blood sugar levels too and is also a benefit for your skin. 

Buy some gifts for you
Is there something that you have been putting off buying for fear it is too expensive. Or maybe you think that a luxury item is not essential in your life right now. The thing is if you are working hard and have a lot of responsibilities, you need a few things that are yours, so you know it is all worth it. You should treat yourself. Maybe a new wardrobe would be enough, maybe something a little more expensive like that Rolex Day Date President you always wanted. If you shop around you can always find the things you want at less expensive prices. In addition, if you never treat yourself, you run the risk of building up some kind of resentment.

Learn the magic word - No
Being more self-indulgent is about finding more time for you. In a busy world, it is easy to lose track of what is important. You may have got into the habit of always saying yes to certain things. Perhaps you help people out too much or are always trying to involve yourself in community activities and social events. When you step back and think about it, what are your motivations, and are you getting anything out of it? If you can't really answer these questions, then maybe it is time to stop. Being a people pleaser will not get you anywhere. It does not gain you respect or friends. You don't even respect yourself for it, so how can you expect other people to? When you begin the process of stopping all the things that are not helping you in your life, you will feel more confident. Saying no will make you feel powerful. So stop taking on extra chores, putting yourself under pressure, and concentrate on you for once. 

// this contributed post was written for this charming life.

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