Effective Ways To Pamper Yourself On A Budget
After a long, hard day at work or time with the family, there is nothing better than being able to kick back and relax, doing the things you enjoy, or just taking the time to chill in your own surroundings. Every woman deserves the chance to pamper them, and you don’t need to spend a lot of money in doing it.
If you are in need for a good pampering session, here are some great ideas for you. So sit back, pour yourself a glass of wine, and read on.
Make time for yourself
Sometimes it is okay to be a little selfish. If you have a partner, let him take care of himself for awhile, it’s probably time he became a little more self-reliant anyway. Set aside a time each week to give you the opportunity to have ‘me time’ without anybody else getting in the way. It’s perfectly fine to say ‘no’ once in awhile, so you shouldn’t have to feel pressure from anyone to do anything if it isn’t urgent.
Care for your beauty
You don’t need to pay a lot of money at a salon for your hair and beauty needs. You can spend time at home giving yourself a makeover without unnecessary expense.
There is no need to buy expensive beauty products. Keep your eye open for deals and check out these coupons from CouponSherpa.com for discounts on hair accessories and clothing fashions. Some of the biggest cosmetic companies, such as L’Oreal, produce high quality and affordable beauty products, such as Maybelline which is available at most pharmacies. While shopping in a beauty boutique is more glamorous than your local high street drugstore, when on a budget, you need to be wise while not necessarily skimping on quality. Often we are only paying for the brand name anyway, so shop around for the best deals.
Many places offer reward schemes, or discounts if you sign up to mailing lists, so check with your favorite beauty store or salon and see if they have something to offer you, their happy customer. Those points add up, so if there is something you have your eye on, use your reward card every time you shop, even if you only buy the little things.
Always check online for any deals that are suitable for you. The local gym may have a special offer for new members, so if you are in the mood for a good workout, that will benefit your purse as well as your health. You may also get a free massage or hair makeover from any new business opening up in your town, so find out what is out there and take advantage of what they are offering you.
Sometimes, we don’t need a lot of makeup to make us look beautiful, as the natural look is becoming popular amongst a lot of women. Provided you look after your skin by moisturizing and exfoliating, you are going to give your skin a soft, healthy glow without the need for a lot of skin care products. Washing your hair every day with shampoos and conditioners will cause more damage than good by stripping away your hair’s essential oils, so a simple wash with water will give your hair it’s natural to look.
When you spend time pampering yourself, make your own remedies for your hair and skin. For example, mash up an avocado with some egg and apply it to your hair to give it a beautiful shine. When it comes to your skin, check online for the range of homemade mixtures you can easily make yourself. For example, make a paste from strawberries and yogurt, mixed with a little honey, to give your skin a wonderful glow.
We all enjoy having our nails done, but you don’t need to visit a manicurist to give yourself a pedicure. Make an early investment in buying the tools and varnish you need from a local beauty shop, and spend time at home giving the nails on your hands and feet a beautiful polish. You may not have the steadiest of hands when working on yourself, so invite a friend over and take turns giving each other a pedicure.
Sometimes we just want to relax alone, but occasionally we could really benefit from spending time with our friends, having a girly night in without having any pesky men around. You know your friends, so you probably don’t need any ideas in how to have a good time. However, as a start, why not scatter some beanbags around the floor and lie back while eating popcorn or watching a good movie. Share the cost of buying a good bottle of wine and order takeout food, such as a pizza. Sit back, have a laugh with your mates, and enjoy being with each other. Having fun with like-minded people is a great stress reliever, giving you the chance to unwind and forgetting your daily worries.
Enjoy a long, warm bath
Whether you live alone or have family or friends living you, having alone time in your bath can bring you a lot of comforts. If there is a book you have been dying to read but haven’t had the time, here is your opportunity. Play some relaxing music, place scented candles around the room, and give the water a bit of a fizz with a bath bomb.
You could even create that spa effect by applying a face or hair mask of your choice, and adding lavender oil in the water to soothe your skin. Make this your time, so lie back and relax, then, when you get out of the water, your body and mind should feel totally refreshed.
Create a relaxing living space
You won’t be able to relax if your house is full of clutter, so spend time in having a tidy up. When it comes to your relaxation time, there will be no mess to distract you, so do what you can. You don’t need to spend a lot of time, but at least focus on those rooms where you intend to spend time pampering yourself, such as the bathroom or bedroom.
When your house is tidy, add some ambiance. To create a relaxing atmosphere, dim the lights or use candles. Put on some background music, creating a playlist that is right for you. You don’t need to have relaxing music playing in the background, or a CD of whale songs, but consider the mood you want to convey for yourself, and choose something appropriate. You might prefer something classical, but then again you might want to hit the dance floor in your own living space, so something bouncy and energetic could be right for you.
Get rid of any distractions, so turn off your phone if you don’t intend using it, and tell your friends and family that you are going to be unavailable for awhile. Sometimes you need to be alone, so enjoy the time you have. Whether you watch a movie or sit back with a book, do anything that is going to leave you feeling fully rested. So, whatever you do, pick out the softest, snuggliest pajamas you have and settle down for the evening.
Spend time outside
Pampering yourself does not always mean relaxing at home, especially if you are sick of the four walls around you. Sometimes you really need to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and the sunshine.
If you have been feeling tired and sluggish, you know you need to spend time pampering your body through exercise. This doesn’t have to be a chore, but do something at your own pace, and choose something you might enjoy. For example, you might like to jog around your local park or go for a bike ride around the neighborhood. Take somebody with you, such as a friend or your partner, so you have somebody to talk to while keeping fit.
On a beautiful day, you might prefer to head out of town, and go for a drive in the country or to a nearby beach. Taking a stroll around beautiful scenery is good for your body and mind, and will awaken your senses.
Of course, you could also spend time in the garden. On a nice, warm day, sitting back in your own personal paradise, will give you the rest you need.
Be kind to yourself 🙂
Finally, in our day to day life, we are often bombarded with messages from others. Sometimes we can be the subject of a cruel comment or snide remark from another person. The media is constantly telling us how we should look, and we may have unflattering thoughts about ourselves in comparison. However, we shouldn’t take any of this seriously. You are a special person, no matter how you look or what others say, so remember that and be kind to yourself.