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A Perfect Day of Pampering

Updated on March 21, 2015
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In today's world it is hard to take 'time-out'. It used to you could lock the door and unplug the phone, both of which were fully socially acceptable actions. With the introduction of mobile phones friends and family have grown to feel a sense of entitlement when it comes to contacting you.

How you deal with that is up to you. I personally have had times where I will just switch my phone of and decide that the rest of the world can wait. If you feel unable to do that there are a few good compromises:

  • Turn your phone onto emergency calls only (you can adapt this setting on most smart phones so certain contacts get through and also if someone calls twice in a short space of time their call will come through)
  • Keep your phone on silent and check it every few hours
  • Keep your phone on loud but on the shelf the other side of the room so you only look at it if it goes

When asked about how often people felt stressed almost half (47%) of all respondents revealed that they feel stressed every day or every few days (24% respectively). 59% of British adults reported that their life is generally more stressful than it was five years ago. - mentalhealth.org.uk

If you are feeling worn down and a little frazzled round the edges then you are not alone. We may just accept stress as a staple of modern life but it can have a major effect on your health. The physical complaints that have been linked to stress include, but are not limited to:

  • headaches
  • high blood pressure
  • heart problems
  • diabetes
  • skin conditions
  • asthma
  • arthritis
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • Aches & pains
  • Diarrhoea or constipation
  • Nausea, dizziness
  • Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Frequent colds

If that does not motivate you to take a little time out then do it for you.

You may think that you can't afford a full day but sometimes taking a break from our to do lists and spending a little bit of time away can give you the opportunity to come back with fresh energy and clear perspective.

Below is my plan for a day out to pamper and rejuvenate yourself and the best part...you don't even have to leave the house.

This is the structure and the activities that I personally use but feel free to adapt according to your needs and whim. This is time for you!

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Preparation

Do what you do, do well- Ned Miller

So let us not be halfhearted in this. Plan your pamper day a few days ahead so you can prepare. I find it hard to relax at home often because everywhere I look there are jobs. If I want to have a truly therapeutic day I will spend the week before slowly catching up on tasks, those I can't finish I put neatly away (out of sight; out of mind!)

The other things you can do before hand to make you feel that little bit extra special:

  • Eat that little bit healthier for a few days before
  • Get rid of that unwanted hair and step up your skin routine
  • Clean your house as deeply as you are able

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A Refreshing Start

The morning can set the tone for the rest of the day so wake early and make the very most of it.

Before you get out of bed- take 5 deep breaths in and out. Take a few minutes to mentally plan out your day. Start out with a positive mind set by thing about a few things that you are really thankful for.

Glass of Water- It is so important to stay hydrated and lets start of right at the start.

Morning workout- go for a walk or if the weather is not kind do some exercise indoors. Starting your day with a workout can give your metabolism a huge boost for the day, lift your energy levels and may even help reduce your cravings.

Breakfast like a king- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so go all out. Don't scrimp, remember today is your treat day and if you want to indulge yourself this is the best time to do so. The only thing to avoid would be excessive sugar as this could lead to low blood sugar levels later on.

NB, Any food or drink taken should be savoured. Eat slowly and sitting down so you can fully enjoy each mouthful.

Morning Me Time

Get out of your work out clothes into something comfortable and spend some time doing anything that you enjoy but don't usually get time for. The only exception I would make is to try to stay away from television or computer related activities as screen time is not good for our heads:

"...In short, excessive screen-time appears to impair brain structure and function," https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/mental-wealth/201402/gray-matters-too-much-screen-time-damages-the-brain

Don't set your self any targets but just enjoy pottering around with your favourite book in your hand, listening to your favourite cd or sorting out old photos.

Afternoon Indulgence

Lunch like a commoner- Make lunch simple but hearty. It is healthier to have your main meal at lunch instead of dinner but don't feel like you need to take huge portions. Eat just what you need and you will enjoy the food so much more.

Bath time- No pamper day would be complete without some bubbles. I would suggest taking a bottle of water into the bath with you because with the heat and steam it is easy to feel a little dehydrated. Bath tradition in our house also includes a little chocolate and a cup or glass of something comforting (tea works well as does soda) Custom your bath to your tastes and needs. Some ideas of bath ingredients are:

  • Epsom Salts- Great for detoxing and a great bath staple
  • Muscle Relaxing Bath Salts- Fabulous if you pushed a little too hard in your morning work out
  • Essential Oils- There are so many so do a little research into the different ones available and their benefits

For me the bath is the main event of days like this so I really go all out. Use face masks, hair masks, body scrubs and anything else you fancy. When you come out lavish some moisturiser on, have some fresh clothes set out and if you need to lie down for a few minutes (baths can make you a little drowsy.)

Close it out with style

Dinner like a pauper- You probably won't be hungry for anything big but take a little something to tide you over till morning.


Last little treat- Fix yourself a foot soak (see below for a beautiful home made peppermint foot scrub recipe.) If you don't have a foot bath you can use a basin with hot water and put some towels on the floor.

And of to bed- As I deprived you of a lie-in here is some awake time in your sanctuary. Get into your favourite pyjamas, fix a hot chocolate; malt drink or whatever is your taste and snuggle up with a favourite book.

For that little extra smother your feet with a nice smelling foot lotion and hide them in some cosy socks.


Time table for our pamper day

Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Workout
Lunch
Dinner
Breakfast
Bath
Foot Bath
Me time
 
Time in bed
A mini little schedule to show you an overview of our day

Whether you follow the structure above or create your own personal pamper day, I hope that I have inspired you to take a little time for yourself.

As L'Oreal says '...you're worth it!'

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      Hannah David Cini 3 years ago from Nottingham

      Thank you Percysk. I agree, I think in some circles to be stressed is to be held in high esteem, my old work was like that and it wasn't till I was on maternity that I realised how silly and unhealthy it is.

      Lol, I did half think about asking my husband to proof the article for me as a (not so) subtle hint :p

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      Percy Kachelhoffer 3 years ago from South Africa

      It's strange how we don't realize the effect stress has on our lives. Useful and interesting article! I can do with some pampering time myself. You don't perhaps have an article on how to get your wife to help with the pampering part do you? LOL. Great piece Hannah.

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