I’ve never been one to over-indulge (apart from when it comes to cake). But generally, I have pretty modest needs and I’m not the type to spend a lot of money on myself. In fact, I’m a tad tight and love a bit of a bargain – and it makes me feel uncomfortable parting with large chunks of money for things I don’t need (even if I may want them).
However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to appreciate more of the finer things in life and agree that saving is not always better than splurging when it comes to some things…But mostly, I’ve realised the value of treating myself. And I’m not talking about going on a shopping spree every week (unless Aldi counts), but I’m talking about The Little Things. Those things that make my day brighter and put a smile on my face – because (L’oreal is right) I am absolutely worth it!
And so are you!
I was initially going to write this post with busy mums in mind, but in today’s world women in general are all so busy. Whether we have full time jobs, high flying careers, or we’re at home with the kids all day, we never really get a minute to ourselves, to do what we want to do. According to the experts,
When we feel depleted and drained, and when we have no time or energy left to devote to little activities that give us pleasure. We start to feel exhausted, resentful, and angry. Indulging in a small treat helps refresh and energize us.
And who are we to argue?
So, here’s seven small treats that will help improve your well-being, without breaking the bank.
1. Buy fresh flowers
Why wait for your other half to (never) buy you flowers, when you can buy them for yourself? Apparently flowers feed the soul, and I for one feel so much better when I have fresh flowers in my home. As well as smelling delicious, a little bit of pretty can go a long way to help lift your spirits. £5 a week really is a small price to pay.
2. Have a hot bath – alone
A hot bubble bath is pretty much as good as it gets when it comes to unwinding after a hectic day. Indulge in some bath salts, light some candles and just chill out for half an hour – or, if you’re lucky, until your fingers go wrinkly! I often bath with the toddler to save time, but recently I’ve started to top up her bath water after her bedtime for some alone time with my book – what’s another half an hour?
3. Get lost in a (good) book
One of the things on my autumn/winter bucket list was to take up reading again. And I don’t just mean reading my Facebook feed, the Daily Mail Online, or other parenting blogs. I mean like actual books, with pages in them that need turning.
Since becoming a parent, reading got put on the back-burner whilst my life was taken over by a small human. But in reality, over the past year I just didn’t make enough time to read, and the hubby and I got into bad habits. So far this month I’ve managed to read an entire book (Girl On The Train) and I’ve just started my second psychological thriller this year, after discovering I’m something of a fan.
4. Paint your nails
As I sit here typing, my nails have been devoid of polish for what must be over a month now. They’re nasty and I don’t know why I haven’t taken the time to sort them out – probably because there’s always something higher on the list of priorities. Don’t have nasty nails when you can have pretty ones that will make you happier.
5. Go for a walk
I’m not going to preach about the importance of exercise – we all know how good it is for us and how it has a significant positive impact on our energy levels. I wish I was an ‘exerciser’, but I’m just not…perhaps one day when I’m rich and have my own personal trainer. But until then, I swear by a brisk walk. Whether it’s a quick twenty minutes on your lunch break to run errands, an afternoon wander with the toddler at your local park, or a Sunday stroll after your roast – getting outdoors can do wonders.
6. Buy a magazine subscription
I love nothing more than getting stuck into a good magazine. But a magazine is also the last thing on my list (or not at all) when it comes to my regular trips to the supermarket – meaning that I never actually buy one. This year, I signed up to a subscription for Ideal Home magazine and I’ll definitely be looking to do this again next year. My monthly magazine delivery cheers me right up whenever it pops through my letter box, keeps me up to date with the latest trends and also gives me the perfect excuse to run that bath…Next year, I’m thinking I’ll subscribe to Blogosphere magazine too.
7. Treat yourself to a takeaway
I never said that these were all healthy suggestions now did I? Of course you don’t want to be doing this every night otherwise you’ll start to feel a bit crap…but by the time the weekend comes, it is your god given right to indulge in a takeaway. If it’s got to 7pm and the last thing you want to do is start thinking about dinner preparations, then don’t. Open a bottle of wine, order your favourite takeaway and sit down to a good film. You deserve it.
What would you add?