Have you been working yourself to the bone? Just how much would you give to get a bit of a breather? Are you willing to allocate some time for self-love?
From getting a soothing facial treatment to hanging out with your best buds, there are so many things that you can do to treat yourself to some much-needed rest and relaxation.
The Pursuit of Happiness
These days, self-love is a buzzword that means you have to take the time to treat yourself right. Setting aside the narcissistic connotations about the term, self-love can be defined in the current context as having a healthy regard for one’s self. It is more about consciously finding ways to give yourself some time and attention for your own happiness and well-being.
That being said, there are still some people who scoff at the idea. Naysayers think that self-love is only for those who have too much time on their hands. Others would even venture to say that only those with money or resources could really indulge in self-care.
On the contrary, self-love should be practiced by everyone. It is a habit that can keep anxiety and depression at bay. Aside from its mental health benefits, it can also help your emotional, physical, and social well-being.
A United Nations resolution on the International Day of Happiness stated that “the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal.” With this in mind, shouldn’t each and every person around the world be entitled to express love for their own selves?
If you think that you deserve some self-love – and you have every right to – drop your hesitations and go for it. From trekking in nature to having good, clean fun on Ladies’ Night, here are some simple ways that you can give yourself a whole lot of lovin’:
1. Go to a Salon or Spa
One of the most popular ways to shower yourself with some love is to go to a beauty salon or spa. Getting any one of the services they provide can do wonders for both your mental and emotional well-being.
It’s a good thing that there are now beauty salons that also offer a variety of spa services. Aside from getting services like getting your hair styled, cut, or treated, you can also get face and body treatments. Facials may even come with free face mapping analysis, or you can choose from different facial packages that can cleanse, purify, massage, moisturize, scrub, or tone, depending on your skin type.
Of course, there are still the salon favorites like getting your make-up done by professionals. There are also a host of hand and feet treatments such as manicures and pedicures, paraffin or callus treatments, or nail art services. You can also opt to get lash or hair extensions.
Guys can also go to a gentleman’s grooming salon for services that are specifically designed for male customers.
Whatever service you choose, visiting a salon is a good way to it the pause button on your daily tasks and ensure that you look good and feel good.
2. Hang Out With Loved Ones
Giving yourself a chance to enjoy and have fun is another way of keeping your cup full.
You can choose to do so by hanging out with your best friends. You can spend the day at the mall, play hoops, watch a movie, have a picnic, or indulge in healthy activities that inspire joy.
Why not grab a few drinks after a hard day’s work? There are Ladies’ or Gentlemen’s Nights where you can just chill and enjoy good food, refreshing drinks, and lively conversations. If crowds are not your thing, then you can just catch up with a friend or loved one while having coffee or doing relaxing things together.
Carving out time for your family is also a great way to recharge yourself. Try to allocate a special time when you can just create magical moments with your brood. Whether it’s setting a date with your special someone, keeping the weekends locked for family bonding, or simply spending meal times together (sans the gadgets and other distractions), you can already take a step towards keeping yourself happy and content.
3. Learn Something New
If you want to take a break from your usual chores or work responsibilities, then you can also learn something new.
If you have always been interested in cooking, then why not enroll in a cooking class? Have you been curious about playing the guitar? Sign up for some lessons. There are plenty of options when it comes to various interests, as there are now both traditional schools and informal learning settings that can teach you about almost anything under the sun.
You can even take advantage of technology. There are now plenty of online resources where you can watch instructional videos or even take online courses. Self-love is also about trying to enrich your mind and broadening your horizons.
Whether you spend time alone doing something you are passionate about or go out to enjoy time spent with family or friends, taking the time to care for yourself can bring a lot of advantages.
Consciously choosing to do things that will contribute to your peace of mind and happiness can help you feel good about yourself. It also changes the way you look at the world around you. Doing simple things such as taking a nap, getting a massage, or chatting with a friend can already make a difference in shaping a positive mindset. Small things, when done with love, can lead to a better, happier you.
Hillary Kozma is the Owner/Managing Director/Creative Director of Kozma & Kozma Salon. Having built the foundation of her skills with an apprenticeship under a direct protege of Vidal Sassoon, Hillary and her husband opened Glow American Salon in Qatar in 2007 before expanding to Dubai as Kozma & Kozma in 2016. Hillary is hailed by the media as a “pioneer in her field” for introducing new talents, concepts, philosophies, and techniques to the Middle East.