Treat Yourself: It’s So Important for Well Being

Treat Yourself: It's So Important for Well Being | Not Dressed As Lamb

I really wanted to call this post ‘Treat Yo Self’ just because I love the expression so much…!

But I’m FAR more grown up than that [the sound of her friends laughing aren’t helping her concentrate on what she’s meant to be writing] – so I stuck with treat yourself. And how it’s so important for your well being. I’m sure most of us are guilty of not doing enough to look after ourselves, aren’t we?

We spend so much time looking after others and making sure they’re okay that all too often we don’t make enough “Me Time”. And whether you can spare five minutes Me Time or an hour’s Me Time every day, the more I think about it, the more it makes sense that making yourself happy is the easiest, simplest way to make those you love happy.

I’m writing this after having just spent a day and a half at a luxurious spa hotel in Bath. YOU CANNOT BELIEVE HOW RELAXED I FEEL (to be honest, you probably can). Now believe me, this does NOT happen every day, or very often… never, in fact! It’s not the sort of place I could easily afford, but I was very lucky to have been invited there as part of a campaign I’m working on right now (see my Instagram and Stories for more). I enjoyed a heavenly full-body massage, a luxurious hotel room, incredible food – and much, much more.

Myself and the other girls were discussing how amazing the massages were, and I mentioned how I hadn’t had one in years. Not for any other reason than I’d just never booked one. It made me realise that it wasn’t due to cost; a full body massage where I live is around £40 – something I could easily afford now and then. No, I’d just become complacent about treating myself.

 

Treat yourself – why it’s important for your well being

Now I understand completely that people today lead INCREDIBLY busy lives. Parents especially are often the first to say that they put children first, that their children are the most important things in their lives – and that’s not just understandable, but a given. I’m not a mum but I am a doggie mum, and if I think about how much time and thought and attention is lavished onto the dog, I can only imagine how that’s multiplied for small humans.

But I think that it’s vital to our own well-being, health and sanity that we all take a little bit of Me Time every now and then. Because if we’re tired, run down and unhealthy because we put everyone else’s needs, wants and desires before our own, our well-being suffers. And if your well-being suffers, you’ll almost certainly feel so lousy in yourself that exercise or any sort of activities that involve movement of some description will be the first thing to go out the window.

And if your health suffers, you simply can’t take care of others. So it will be almost impossible to make others happy because you’re just not physically or mentally up to the job.

I read a wonderful quote somewhere ages that was something along the lines of:

“A father’s job is to keep the mother happy. Because a happy mother means happy children.”

Now of course that works both ways – it should be the job of every parent to keep the other parent happy (isn’t that the point of any relationship?). Grinding ourselves down and not taking time to relax even for five minutes a day is not a healthy way to live life.

I’m not saying that we should all book ourselves in for a monthly spa weekend (though OMG wouldn’t it be nice?!) – I’m talking about just the occasional treat, whatever you can afford or make time for. These things don’t have to cost much, or anything at all. A massage is affordable for me, so I’m going to see if I can make sure I have at least two a year. Or three! It doesn’t sound many, but seeing as the last time I had one was probably when the Spice Girls were in the charts, that’s a lot.

 

Here are 10 ways you can Treat Yo Self 😉 without spending much – or anything at all…

  1. Spend five minutes a day doing absolutely nothing. Just breathe or meditate, sitting comfortably or lying down (just don’t fall asleep)!
  2. If you like sleep, take a 20 minute power nap (no longer or you’ll feel sluggish).
  3. Read that book you’ve been meaning to read forever. It’s amazing how much you can read in 15 minutes a day.
  4. Treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure (they can be surprisingly cheap), or a massage. Or do a DIY mani/pedi.
  5. Go for a walk by yourself. It’s a great opportunity for thinking.
  6. Go online and buy that new nail polish/makeup palette/unicorn pencil case you’ve had your eye on for ages.
  7. Watch a (trashy?) movie that only you want to watch and not feel guilty about it.
  8. Similarly, put on your Dirty Dancing soundtrack (or album/playlist of your choice, anything that your partner/children/parents hate) and dance round the living room.
  9. Buy a new-style hipster colouring book and pens and sit and colour for 5 minutes a day. I can recommend the Ryan Gosling colouring book.
  10. Run a hot bath, light some candles, play some chill out music and enjoy a long soak.

 

And of course, if you CAN afford that weekend spa break at a 5 star hotel (put the money aside instead of buying that latte from Starbucks every day?), then go for it. You deserve it.

DO YOU TAKE TIME TO TREAT YOURSELF EVERY NOW AND THEN? TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS!

Catherine

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15 Comments

  1. June 4, 2018 / 1:48 pm

    Yes to every word-if we don’t look after ourselves, mummy or do mummies, we can’t be strong enough for them. The hotel in Bath sounds and looks amazing and I need that Ryan Gosling colouring in my book asap xx

  2. May 28, 2018 / 11:28 pm

    Lovely to treat yourself, Catherine. I donate my services in a clinic once a week so that I in turn get a free massage.

    • catherine
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      May 29, 2018 / 11:27 am

      Oh that’s a wonderful thing to do – and you get a free massage out of it… everyone’s a winner! x

  3. May 28, 2018 / 8:35 pm

    Oooh, I’d love to visit a spa! For now though my treat is to have a coffee while I’m out for my cycle along the canal. But I would like to upgrade to something more special.

    I think I’ll treat myself to a restorative yoga session or two soon, which isn’t strenuous but does stretch you. In fact, you can even drift off to sleep during a class as you’re usually wrapped up in blankets and lying on comfy bolsters. Another lovely thing to do at a yoga centre us indulge in a gong bath where you simply lie under a blanket while the teacher makes sounds on a huge gong. It’s divine!

  4. May 27, 2018 / 9:42 pm

    All so very true. Thanks for sharing all of these. Hope that you are having a wonderful weekend.

  5. May 27, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    Such great advice, thanks for sharing. I’ve just come back from a weekend away and do feel very relaxed. I have to admit there were one or two drinks consumed which hit the spot perfectly! Jacqui Mummabstylish

  6. May 27, 2018 / 10:31 am

    Lovely post Catherine – it is important to look after ourselves as when we are happy we can make the others around us happy too.

    I am a little concerned because I clicked on all your acceptance buttons but never got the Saturday linkup mail…

    Have a lovely weekend,
    Yvonne aka FunkyForty

    • catherine
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      May 29, 2018 / 11:25 am

      Yvonne I’ve checked the mailing list – for some reason your email isn’t listed so you theoretically haven’t signed up for updates!? I’m not sure what you mean by acceptance buttons… you should have received an email to say you need to resubscribe or else you won’t get these emails anymore. There was a link in the email to the new subscription form, and when you fill in your details you get a message to say you’re now subscribed. So I’m not sure what you were clicking on hon!

      If you click the link in this post it will take you to the form, you need to do it yourself with the new GDPR rules I’m afraid…! x

  7. May 26, 2018 / 2:16 pm

    I really wish I’d visited Bath again before I left the UK, it’s such a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing your spa with us Catherine, not jelly at all 😉
    xxx

  8. May 26, 2018 / 11:31 am

    Congrats on the invite to the spa! It sounds wonderful and thank you for sharing tips on how to better care for ourselves. I am a part of a girl’s group that goes away yearly and we call it “Treat Yo’ Self” – very fun indeed!

  9. May 26, 2018 / 10:31 am

    Call me crazy, dearest Catherine…but I’ll take my daily Starbucks soy chai latte over saving for a spa weekend!! Seriously though – I totally understand the point you are making here…and I couldn’t agree more. We all DO need to remember to treat ourselves to little indulgences (or occasionally a bigger one!) on a regular basis for the sake of our mental well-being; because if THAT goes, then everything else (our physical health, the health of our relationships) is sure to follow. P.S. I’ll take your recommendation of the Ryan Gosling colouring book to mean that you are a proud owner of said book?!

  10. May 26, 2018 / 12:03 am

    I loved Bath when I was there for the first time last fall. We stayed very near the Abbey, and walked and walked , and walked. Did you by any chance get to the vegetarian restaurant on a small street near the abbey… called Acorn, I think. It site only about 20.. but they are magicians. Wonderful food.
    P.S. Thanks for the advice post last week. I’m all compliant… so to speak… with the new regulations. And feeling quite pleased with myself:)

    • catherine
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      May 26, 2018 / 8:50 am

      It’s SUCH a beautiful city, isn’t it Susan?! Glad you’re now GDPR compliant! #thumbsup

  11. May 25, 2018 / 10:50 pm

    Wasn’t it just the best? Luxury, being pampered and great company. What a great pick me up
    Laurie xx

    • catherine
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      May 26, 2018 / 8:49 am

      It absolutely was, Laurie… I could get used to that sort of lifestyle!!!!!! 😉

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