The Art of Pampering Yourself: 12 Things Every Girl Needs

Here are some comforting things that all of us girls could use when we feel sad, reflective, moody, out-of-synch, pms, blah, meh, ugh, or just arrrrrgh.  

1. A heating pad.  

Plug that baby in, switch it on high and lean back.  Feel your muscles give in and release until worries and stress melt away.  Ahhhhh….

2. A soft fuzzy sweater or blanket.

Truly something every lady must have in her closet- that one sweater that’s like an old faithful friend who greets you for morning coffee, or is there for you when you’re sick.  A favorite blanket works just as well!

3. A guilty pleasure tv show and/or chick flick.

Housewives of New York, Sex and the City, I Love Lucy, The Last Unicorn, that Beastly movie with one of the Olson twins; pretty much anything a guy has made fun of you for watching. In my case it was The Facts of Life reruns and Moonlighting checked out at my local library. Such freedom comes from fully embracing your inner uncool girl!

4. Chocolate.


5. A journal and pen.

Keep a notebook and pretty pen in your bag or an online journal in a Word doc. that you can journal your thoughts on.  Start with the line Today I feel __________.  Write a love letter to yourself, imagining what someone who loved you unconditionally would say. Make a list of goals/ hopes/ dreams/ intentions.  See where it takes you!

6. A coloring book and crayons/ colored pencils.

These have made a comeback like crazy and can be found in local bookstores and online.  I even saw one in the grocery store. My favorite one is an Alice in Wonderland theme.  So soothing, so comforting…gotta try coloring if you haven’t yet!

7. A bath with Epsom salt and candles.

One of the best things about a bath is it gives space for your mind to stop, even if just for a few seconds.  Really savor those few deep breaths, those 15 min. of silence, the peaceful glow of the flame.  Sink into tranquility and emerge a new woman.

8. A coffee date with mom.

Call your mom and the two of you go to a quirky bohemian coffee shop for a bit and talk.  Philosophize, catch up, learn, ask, share, laugh.  Treat yourself to one of those delicious blended drinks you usually avoid.  Let the conversation linger, and most of all be thankful cause your mom won’t be around forever.

9 The blogosphere.

Dip into some other bloggers’ wells of inspiration.  It’s fun browsing tags in the WordPress Reader, discovering new bloggers to follow or connect with, and seeing all the original posts happening in real time.  Explore! After all, psychology has shown curiosity is linked to well-being.

10. A love song playlist.

Create a playlist of all your favorite love songs- go as girly as you need to. Mine has tons of Mandy Moore and even that awkward song from that Hugh Grant/ Drew Barrymore movie. Listen to it, not with longing or wanting to fill a void, but with a sense of the songs’ messages being sung to yourself, with self-love, a sense of fullness.  You won’t believe the magical healing that’ll take place!

11. Nail polish.

Paint your nails every color of the rainbow and colors that don’t even exist yet.  Gold and silver.  Black.  Sparkles. Stickers.  Fake nails.  The hand is your blank canvas!

12. Lavender essential oil.

The scent of lavender is heavenly.  You can purchase oil in health food stores or online.  Use it to relax, soothe anxiety and irritability, or calm stress.  Sprinkle some on your pillow for a good night’s sleep.

Thanks for reading!  Hope these things bring a little more self-love, peace, and harmony to your day.

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