For many, summer vacations are over. Yet so many people complain they need a vacation to recover from their vacation. All the stress of preparing, packing, and doing as much possible while away takes its toll. In addition, playing catch up with household chores or returning to a nightmare work load at your job makes the benefits of a vacation sometimes seem questionable.
Next vacation may seem like a lifetime away in the distant future. And now, you may already be feeling tired, overwhelmed, and drained and wondering how you will make it to your next break period.
The holiday season is on the horizon and we all know all the added work and stress that brings.
So, to find ways to make it to your next vacation or to hold up through the holidays, consider scheduling some ways to pamper yourself to recharge the batteries.
Although the definition of pampering is to treat with excessive indulgences or experience those things that bring excessive pleasure, I suggest finding smaller, less excessive indulgences that are manageable and affordable for your lifestyle, which can be incorporated on a regular basis.
It will vary from person to person. For a busy Mom of young children, maybe an uninterrupted bubble bath or long shower here and there is all she needs to decompress and feel rejuvenated. Or to a hard working Dad, maybe an opportunity to watch or go to a sports event without feeling guilt works to get some feel good molecules circulating in the body. Or to a busy entrepreneur, shutting down devices for a few hours or a day, and spending time outdoors in sunshine and nature works.
I am as guilty as the next person. My personality is such that I am usually the ear that listens or the shoulder to cry on for those nearest and dearest to me. As a solo practitioner, with a busy practice across multiple time zones, it feels like I am “on call” 24/7 versus being “off the radar” for any extended periods of time. I have no complaints, for I love the role I play and the work I do. Yet, like everyone else, I also need to take my own advice and find ways to just take care of me.
So I do just that. What I do, how often, and when, are not as important as the fact that I do it. What rejuvenates me may not work for someone else. But what matters is that we all find the time and ways that work for us to get a little pampering incorporated into our routine lifestyle.
The benefits of pampering, whether extravagant or on a smaller scale, are better mood, less anxiety and stress hormones, a stronger immune system, more energy, and the release of all those feel-good chemicals in our brain.
In the end, taking good care of YOU makes it easier for you to take good care of others.
Wishing you health, some moments of pampered bliss, and living your best life.