To ring in the New Year 2020, I celebrated with an assorted group of paranormalists, including one canny psychic who said that my higher self recommends less busy-ness and more self-indulgence.
Who can argue with less work and more pampering? That’s a future I definitely want to step into, Dear Readers.
The future is now, as they say, and I am taking this divine wisdom to heart and treating these mystical tidings as a clear call to action. No more “all work and no play” for me!
For the record, pampering means treating with extreme or excessive care and attention. Are you with me here?
On my event horizon are more frequent acupuncture sessions to clear energy blockages that prevent old injuries from healing. Pain is not only a bummer and major buzz-kill but it gets in the way of forward progress. Inflammation produces the sensation of pain and for me, 40-minutes of needling at my local acupuncture clinic works wonders for pain relief and dialing back the chattering monkey-mind.
While sticking to my target fitness goal of five weekly 40-minute workouts (half yoga stretching, half aerobics with light hand weights), I have added micro-HIIT routines that combine high-intensity exercise with rest and recovery periods that eats up calories for fat-burning whenever I’m just standing around waiting for something else to happen.
As for my diet, as I wrote previously for TheHealthEdge.com, I got a juicer and have been drinking loads of nutrients without bulking up by separating all that plant fiber from the liquid:
“Drinking freshly-prepared juices has been shown to help detoxify the body and raise its pH level. Disease-carrying bacteria have a harder time flourishing in a more alkaline environment. My neighbor Jim says that he has more energy from downing his own concoctions.”
So much for what I call my “vital pampering.” These are the things I need every day to sing my heart song and stay grounded in the Universes: time to repose, time to reflect, time for physical activity, and a well-balanced diet. My body is my temple and if the roof is leaking, my mind finds that distracting. Stop the leak, calm, and center.
So on to the “gratuitous pampering.” This is where we get to make our wilder dreams come true. Let’s conjure up some serious self-care (as trendsetters are calling it now) and consider some options for destressing and living of constant joy.
Do you know people who get professional manicures, pedicures, nail treatments? I have always taken care of these services myself so the idea of paying someone skilled in the art and science of healthy, beautiful nails is foreign to me. However, I could be persuaded. Just sayin’.
A new wardrobe would be on some people’s wish list but my clothes suit my climate so I’m good in that department. Still, accessories make the outfit and I reserve the right to change my mind and impulse-buy any fashion complement that crosses my path.
Jewelry is an indulgence beyond many people’s reach. With my fondness for glittery bling, I avoid watching home shopping channels and hanging out in malls.
That means I have more cash for my ultra-gratuitous pampering pursuits. At the top of that list is travel, specifically a get-away to a resort with pools and spas. Natural grottos and springs get bonus points.
To that end, I just booked my flight to a western resort in the shade of the Rocky Mountains for six days and five nights of nothing but self-love, preferably poolside with a long, tall, cool one in my hand. I’m talking about a cocktail from the bar, of course.
You might think it’s weird that my pro-pampering article started with enhancing my physical health through diet and exercise. But a scientific review of 15 studies found that people who were more compassionate with themselves after bad things happened also consumed healthier food, exercised more, slept better, and were less stressed out than people who weren’t self-compassionate.
Experts say that good self-care can prevent, delay or reduce most health problems, including mental health issues.
Carve out and cast in concrete time each day to relax and destress. Slow the production of the “fight or flight” hormone cortisol by attending only to your needs and desires, even if it’s only for 10 or 15 minutes.
Make time for a brisk walk or follow along with a streaming workout video. Cook a nice meal with chopped onions, garlic, herbs, and spices. Getting in the habit of treating yourself well every day may be harder than you think. Take small steps. But get going.
Get your pamper on, people!