Everyone these days is touting the importance of practicing self-care, allowing yourself occasional indulgences, and making time for relaxation. But so often, the examples given are things that are really only available to the wealthy. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways for the other 99% of us to treat ourselves, too.
1. Have a home spa night.
Spa treatments are notoriously expensive, often costing $100 or more per hour. But you can recreate many spa treatments at home for (much!) less. Create a spa-like ambiance by lighting some candles and playing soft music. Then get out your nail file and nail polish and give yourself a pedicure, or whip up a DIY scrub and mask for an at-home facial.
2. Take a long bath.
If you have a bathtub at home, taking a long bath can provide some great me time. Use a bath bomb or bubble bath to make it feel more luxurious, and make a cup of tea or pour a glass of wine to enjoy while you soak.
3. Buy yourself some flowers.
A flower arrangement will immediately brighten any room, and you can get a bouquet at the grocery store for just a few dollars. Go out and pick up your favorite flowers, and put them in a place where you’ll be able to enjoy them.
4. Watch a movie by yourself.
There’s something that feels indulgent about watching a movie alone, isn’t there? Make a movie night for yourself, either by going to the theater for a new release or just streaming a film you’ve been wanting to see at home. The best part of watching a movie by yourself? You don’t have to share the popcorn!
5. Schedule a date with a friend.
With work, family, and other obligations keeping us busy, too many adults let friendships fall by the wayside. We accidentally lose touch with people we once held dear, or end up seeing close friends just a few times a year. Make an effort to get together with a friend, even if you just invite them over for coffee or meet at the park to take a walk.
6. Bake a dessert you love.
No upcoming events you need to bake a cake or a batch of cookies for? Don’t let that stop you! Homemade desserts are a worthy indulgence, and many people find the act of baking to be soothing in itself. There’s no reason to wait for the next special occasion to bake your favorite dessert. Bake it now, and make it exactly the way you like it.
7. Buy yourself something inexpensive.
Decide on an amount of money you can spend (even if it’s only $5), and then take yourself out to buy something. It can be anything, from a new top or fuzzy socks to a funny mug or a tube of lip-gloss. The point is to allow yourself an indulgence you can afford, and then make going out to buy it a special occasion. It’ll feel much more meaningful than the random things you get tempted by when you’re out running errands.