Consciously Indulge in Feeling Good

Does this sound like you? The week’s not even over and you’re already stressed about your weekend chores: washing, ironing, cooking and cleaning, errands, family obligations and preparing for the next week (such as planning for what you couldn’t get done over the weekend). You know the drill. So, it’s no surprise that you are feeling a bit frazzled, and wishing for some, “Calgon take me away” downtime. And don’t feel guilty; it’s okay to take a few precious minutes for weekend self indulgence.

Manicures, pedicures, facials, getting your hair done, dinner at a nice restaurant and the like are great—and might help you look and feel better—but they are fleeting moments. So how about thinking of another way to indulge? You can still do the regular stuff but, what I am about to suggest is just an additional component, another perspective; one that may actually have longer-lasting results in making you feel better and “beautiful” in spite of your stress.

First start by counting your blessings, then assess how significant your problems really are. We all go through stressful times, but regardless of what you are experiencing, you won’t have to look far to find someone who has is less fortunate. At least you are able to consider spending a couple of bucks on yourself to do something. Look beyond yourself and do something completely selfless for someone else. Skip your manicure, pedicure or facial, and instead give it as a gift certificate to someone who has never received one or who is going through personal or financial hard times.

There is also something else you can give to others, and it’s free—a smile, that’s right, smile with a love that comes from your heart! It may sound corny, but as the old song goes, “What the world needs now is love sweet love.” You are an integral part of the world environment, so contribute your love to it. Then you will see how the joy of giving to others will make you glow from the inside out in a way that no cosmetic treatment ever could. Your true beauty will radiate from that internal glow—a radiance that no lipstick, moisturizer, hairstyle or facial could ever duplicate.

Basically, think of my suggestion of feeling better and beautiful through “selfless indulgence” as in the old make-up rule: “Before you apply foundation, your face (e.g. your spirit), should be a clean canvas.” Think about it.

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