February 9, 2023 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

Pampering Yourself Is an Investment in You

The importance of eating right and exercising is something you hear about quite often. You want to be healthy and reap the associated benefits, so like many people, you put your best foot forward. Sometimes it’s short-lived and you find yourself back in your old ways. 

Don’t be too hard on yourself, breaking habits and cultivating a healthier lifestyle takes a lot of work and dedication. If you find yourself off track, recognize why your changes were only short-term and try to make small changes to get back to taking better care of yourself

Pampering Defined

Many people have different notions of what pampering is. Some confuse routine upkeep with pampering. For example, buying new and more comfortable shoes or getting your hair and nails done is self-maintenance. To pamper yourself means to treat yourself to an indulgent experience. 

When taking that business trip to southern California, look into San Diego spa packages and book one. Investing in yourself actually has quite a few benefits that you may not have even thought about.

Why Pamper Yourself?

You may be one of those people that think indulging in something extravagant is a waste of time and/or money. When you think about all the good that can come from this kind of self-love, is it really frivolous?

Pampering yourself reaffirms your self-esteem. You are acknowledging that you are valuable and precious; therefore you do deserve to be treated as such. If you can’t bring yourself to celebrate all the amazing things you are, how can you ever expect anyone else to think that of you? 

Being around negativity and people who put you down and make you feel bad about yourself is both unhealthy and draining. Most people try to put distance between themselves and those that steal their sunshine. That being said, why should you allow that of yourself? Reminding yourself that you deserve that expensive bottle of wine or piece of jewelry that celebrates one of your accomplishments is reinforcing that you do deserve to reward yourself for your hard work. 

Remove Negativity

Pampering isn’t only in order to celebrate milestones and accomplishments. Sometimes you need to pamper yourself to give you that boost you need. Maybe you received a negative review at work or are just feeling down on yourself; this is the perfect time to indulge in something that makes you feel better. 

Taking care of yourself is a guaranteed way to reduce stress. Ignoring stress, instead of decompressing, can have a domino effect on your overall health. Stress increases blood pressure and can lead to other chronic health issues. 

It’s true that pampering yourself may not have a direct impact on improving your physical health like a proper diet, exercise and sleep routine can. However, you do know that physical and mental health go hand in hand. By taking time to treat yourself to some needed “me time” you are improving your emotional and mental health. 

Impacting Interpersonal Relations

By taking care of your own emotional health, you will, in turn, be a better caregiver. Constantly putting other people’s needs before your own can not only lead to unhappiness, it can also manifest resentment and burnout. Have you ever heard the expression, “you can’t pour from an empty cup?” It’s a poignant statement because you can’t offer others what you don’t have. Unhappiness breeds greater unhappiness and before you know it, you can find yourself in a very dark place that’s difficult to escape. 

Learn to love and care for yourself. By recognizing your worth and truly understanding you deserve to indulge once in a while, you are reaffirming your worth. The best investment you will ever make will be in yourself! Start investing now.

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