By: Eryka T. Johnson
Are you one of those women who love to pamper yourself but worry that you may spend too much money if you are not careful? Face it…you wear many hats as a woman – mother, teacher, wife, etc. Because of this, it is easy to get caught up with surviving day-to-day and forgetting about yourself. You love to help others and be there for them however you need to make sure that you schedule time to focus on you. In fact, I would like to share with you 3 ways to pamper yourself without breaking the bank.
If you are anything like me, I often struggled with taking care of myself. I made excuses like “I’m too busy” or “I have so many things to do and people to take care of that my time is all gone” or “I just don’t have enough money to spend it on myself.” Once I reached the point of burn-out (yes, you will eventually burn-out), I knew I needed to make some changes and quick. It was time to begin taking care of myself. Although, my budget was small, I still found ways to stretch it.
In fact, I have a few ideas that allow you to pamper yourself, clear your mind, and change your attitude all under $10. If this sounds good, then you should keep reading.
Here are 3 ways to pamper yourself when you are working with a small budget…
Prepare a tub of warm water and soak in bath salts.
Calgon and Vaseline make bath beads that are affordable and help to moisturize your skin at the same time. Can’t get to the store? Try Epson salt instead. Light a couple candles and position them around the tub to prevent them from falling into the water. Play soft music and sip on your favorite drink for ultimate relaxation. I love herbal teas so I often go with one of these. Make sure you lock the bathroom door to prevent interruptions.
Soak your feet and use petroleum jelly with socks to seal in moisture.
Fill a plastic container ½ way with hot water and add a few drops of oil. If you like your foot bath warm, add cold water until you reach your desired temperature. Remember, you don’t want to overfill because you still need room for your feet. Find a comfortable corner somewhere in the house and take a seat. You preferably want to choose a location where you can be alone without the noise. Place a pillow behind your back for added comfort and spread a dry towel on the floor to wipe up any spells. Soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes while reading your favorite book or romance novel. Pat dry your feet then rub petroleum jelly together in your hands. Rub both feet with the petroleum jelly massaging as you go. Make sure you pay attention to the bottom of your feet and between the toes. Then, grab your cozy, cotton socks and wear for a couple of hours. When you remove the socks, your feet will be nice and soft.
Grab your favorite drink and head over to the park.
Make your drink selection at your local coffee shop and drive directly to the park. If you prefer to make your own at home, you can pour it into a container or thermos and bring it along with you. Once you get to the park, find a quiet area near a tree while there are no people. Spread your blanket on the ground, pour your drink, and sit right against the tree. You can listen to your music on a Mp3 or iPad. Take along your journal and for the next hour spend time writing down your thoughts and ideas. Be prepared to have your creativity sparked as you are writing in your journal.
Try one of these low cost ways to pamper yourself. It will keep you from breaking the bank as well as help you free your mind from the chaos of your hectic life.
Do you have another way to pamper yourself for under $10 that you can share? Hop over to Facebook and let me know.
Eryka T. Johnson