Many people, especially parents, feel guilty whenever they choose to pamper themselves. They feel that prioritizing self-care can be a selfish act, considering they have work to finish, kids, and a spouse to take care of and household chores waiting for them back home. But in reality, pampering yourself does more good for your health than harm to your wallet. And if you are a parent, then the more reasons you have to treat yourself to a few spa breaks, a few date nights with your spouse, and wine tasting events with your friends.The daily stress you get from home, your work, and the people around you can have detrimental effects on your health. All these can leave you feeling tired, in pain, and unhappy. Choosing to take a break every once in a while may seem like an impossible task. But dedicating even a single day each month to pamper yourself can be enough to give yourself the boost you need physically, emotionally, and mentally. The following are just a few benefits you can enjoy for taking self-care seriously from time to time.
Improve body image
Many of us are not happy with our weight, our appearances, and our body shape. According to a study conducted by the Mental Health Foundation, 20% of adults felt shame because of their body image. Just over 35% of adults are depressed while 34% are anxious about their body image.
Taking better care of yourself can help improve how you see yourself physically and as a person. You will feel more confident and content and won’t feel obliged to change yourself just for the sake of others. You can improve your relationship with yourself and with others, resulting in a happier, less stressful, and healthier life.
We all have our own stress triggers. Some people are more stressed at work, while others can feel more stressed after taking care of the kids and the house. Others are stressed with their relationship with their loved ones. These days, another thing that is adding to our daily stress is the threat of the pandemic.
Stress can cause physical effects on the body. It can leave you with a pounding headache, increased heart rate, achy muscles, difficulty sleeping, and even lower energy and sex drive. It can even cause irritability, inability to concentrate, depression, and anxiety. Pampering yourself has excellent stress-relieving benefits. A nice massage at a spa, for instance, can help release tension in your muscles, calm your mind, and relax your body. You can even pamper yourself by taking some time to indulge in a warm bubble bath while listening to relaxing music and sipping on your favorite wine.
Be a great influence to other
Pampering yourself and showing your loved ones that there should be no shame in doing so makes you a great influence on others. You are not just boosting your health, improving your happiness, and are being kind to yourself. This also helps the people around you to realize that self-care is indeed, a must, and not simply a “nice-to-have.”
It is time that you stop feeling guilty for pampering yourself. You deserve it no matter what. You deserve it after working long and hard days, after tirelessly taking care of others and simply just because. Do it for your health, for your sanity, and other’s sake and you will feel a lot better, happier, healthier, and more ready to take on whatever life has to throw at you.