Life can get pretty crazy sometimes, and amidst work, errands, family and friends, by the end of the day you can’t seem to find time for yourself and end up in a situation where you are in dire need of a vacation. We can only imagine how great (and stress-free!) life would be if we got a break from the daily grind whenever we felt like we really needed one, but the unfortunate reality is, life is hectic and we just have to keep up. Keeping up doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom however, read on to see the steps in our Perfect Pampering Routine we compiled with products from Meritline to ensure you get that much needed TLC so you won’t burn out
1. Make time
This may be the most difficult step in the routine, but definitely necessary. We know, we know, the entire reason you’re even trying to pamper yourself is because your schedule is so crammed you can’t find any time in the first place. The key, however, in making time for yourself is to plan your pamper day in advance. How far in advance you need to plan completely depends on your own schedule and how busy you are with your job and social life, you may need to plan a week in advance up to even a few months. Make sure you give yourself enough time also. We suggest a 3 hours at a minimum (psst..go for 5. You deserve it).
The major key in this first step is once you set a date for yourself stick with it. Reject any and all extra business projects or social outings that interfere with this predetermined time, no matter how much you may want to just reschedule your relaxation. If you really need to, let anyone who you think might try to sway you from getting your well deserved TLC know in advance that you will not be available for that certain day and time, so they will know to not even ask, making it easier on both of you.
Now that the hardest part is out of the way, it’s time to get into the actual pampering!
2. Get Clean
Because you’re probably dirty.
But really, take a nice hot shower or better yet a bath, and scrub the stress of the day away. This is the first stage of your pampering routine so you want to make sure you start off on the right foot – avoid thoughts involving work or any other topics that typically stress you out or rob you of much needed time to yourself. Take your time also,
(refer to step 1, did you give yourself enough time?)
and bathe yourself in calming circular motions with your favorite scent of soap. Also, exfoliate. Never underestimate the power of a good loofa or liquid body exfoliate, with that layer of dead skin off of your body you feel a little bit lighter, and a million times more clean. Kill two birds with one stone with our Ideaworks Dual Sided Back Scrubber,
because what’s the point in making sure you are completely clean and exfoliated with your back still has caked on gunk?
Once you get out of the shower, continue the exfoliating party with our foot Sole Microfile by Doctor Scholl’s
Your feet are butter soft from taking your time in the steamy shower, so the caked on skin on your soles should easily come off with this sole smoother.
Once you’re squeaky clean, it’s time to soothe those achy muscles that have been loosened up from the hot water. With your freshly filed feet, soak the newly revealed skin in a foot bath. Consider adding a few essential oils to the water so your bathroom fills with a relaxing aroma (our favorites are lavender or tea tree) while moisturizing your feet at the same time. Try out our Inflatable Foot Bath Massager, perfect for if you don’t have a ton of room to store a bulky footbath, simple deflate it, fold it up and save it for your next Pamper Time.
While you are getting your feet soaked, take this time to start easing into step 4 (relaxation) by leaning back and massaging your hands and arms softly, they need love too! Remind yourself of how many hours you spend on a computer using your keyboard and putting strain on your hands. It sounds slightly odd, but trust us, there is something comforting about massaging yourself solo while deep in your own thoughts.
4. Block Out The Noise and Finally..Relax
Squeaky clean and muscles relaxed, now it’s time to really lay down and relax. An important step for this to really work is
Turn off your phone.
We know, we know. We swear it’s not as bad as it sounds, simply turn off your phone for an hour or two and put it in a nightstand drawer close by – out of sight, out of mind, right? You’ll thank us later.
Now that we’ve got the technology distractions out of the way, to the take care of the we suggest getting some headphones to silence the outside noise so you can have completely undisturbed You Time. Try our headphones from MEElectronics
Since they’re bluetooth, you won’t have to worry about pesky wires getting in the way, and you can freely dive as deep into the sheets as you please without getting tied up or having the headphones get yanked off your head.
Encourage your body to go even deeper into relaxation mode (soak it all in, you don’t know when will be the next time you can have this much alone time) with covering your eyes. Allow yourself to really get into your thoughts and reflect on, well, anything. Are you on the career path you want to be on, when was the last time you crossed something off your bucket-list? Will you have Kraft Mac N’ Cheese for dinner or pizza. Very important life choices. To help you better get into The Zone, try out our Massaging Eye Cover
Let yourself sink into your mattress and really enjoy the moment before you have to return to reality – but you will be a lot more refreshed upon your entrance back into the real world and significantly more prepared to take on whatever life throws at you – have at it!