June 18, 2008

Make Time for Yourself

When The pressures of the daily grind start to wear you down, and juggling a career, family and home becomes more of a stress than usual, it's time to step back and do something to make you feel a bit more positive. Sometimes, what you really need is a bit of 'me' time - time to spend entirely on yourself, doing exactly what you want to do.

A pampering session in a spa retreat could be the ideal way for you to relax and unwind. Leave the stresses and strains of daily life at the door and spend a whole day doing nothing other than indulging yourself by relaxing in the Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. Pampering treatments are a must at any spa retreat. Try out some holistic therapies that are guaranteed to leave you feeling totally revitalised, with a complete sense of wellbeing.

Invigorating spa rituals, massages and facials using only the most luxurious of skincare products and carried out by highly qualified beauty therapists usually hit all the right notes in the pampering stakes - absolute bliss!

Fine dining can also be a part of the experience and definitely worth thinking about as an additional welcome escape. You're sure to leave feeling refreshed, revived and a whole lot more relaxed following an indulgent spa day.

If you haven't got a whole day to spare, then a trip to a beauty salon could also have the desired effect.

Take an afternoon out to refresh your image - get a new haircut, have a manicure or pedicure or treat yourself to a quick beauty treatment. If home sweet home seems like a more favourable and less expensive option, then great. It is a much cheaper alternative and there are great ways you can make the most of your home surroundings.

For the most indulgent bath, dim the lights or line the tub with candles in your favourite scent. Run your bath and when only a hand's height of water lines the bottom of the tub, squeeze in a dollop of bubble bath that compliments or matches your candle aroma. When your frothy fun is ready to burst up and over the porcelain, de- robe, de-stress, de-everything and slide into your bubbly heaven.

If the thought of whiling away the hours on a pampering session doesn't appeal, then the best way to indulge yourself is to hit the shops. Whether your idea of shopping heaven is to splash out on yourself, your loved ones or your home, a day of retail therapy is a sure fire way of lifting your spirits. The best way to make the most of a day's shopping is to do it in the week, thereby avoiding the hustle and bustle of Saturday shoppers which can only add to your stress levels. Take a day off work and head to your favourite shopping destination, armed with a sturdy pair of shoes and credit cards ready to take a bashing. Remember to take time during your day to grab a coffee or bite to eat in a pretty cafe and just watch the world go by - what could be a better escape?

After you've splashed out on yourself start to look at things to brighten up your home. A mini home makeover can work wonders, from sprucing up your soft furnishings to adding a few new decorative touches. Fresh flowers always brighten up the home too. Don't wait for someone to buy flowers for you, take charge!

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