We can sure-footedly peg some of her aura of radiant confidence to a genuine love of herself and a work ethic of self care. “And I think as women and young girls, we have to invest that time in getting to understand who we are and liking who we are. Because I like me. I’ve liked me for a very long time. So for a long time, I’ve had a very good relationship with myself, ” Michelle Obama tells Oprah.
March, Women’s History Month has a lot of us celebrating women for the value they bring to the world, and we are going a step deeper and evaluating how deliberately we have been investing in self awareness, self love and self care, a practice that inadvertently positions us to take care of ourselves, others, and our ambitions, and if Michelle Obama’s advice is anything to go by, one that works.
Admittedly, self care does take work that can feel less a treat and more a to-do, work that takes building positive dispositions. We have in mind however, self care that lavishes you. Whether it’s your birthday, payday, end-of-diet day or, quite frankly, any day… you deserve a treat, even when you feel as if you don’t.
Gift yourself with a little self love. For a little inspiration, we’ve compiled a few self-gifting ideas that combine comfort with self-care and, of course, a dash of style.
1. Face Forward
Beauty subscription boxes can be a great treat to look forward to come month-end. They’re normally filled with sample sizes of much more expensive products, like perfumes, face creams, lip colors and the like. The best part is that you get to try out new products as they’re released without shelling out on the full-sized tub.
2. Workout Winners
Studies show that exercise fosters the release of neurotransmitters that relieve stress and pain and the creation of new neurons that restore our mental capacities. Supercharge your feel-good brain-power hormones by looking the part too. Spoil yourself with functional, high-quality workout gear. See it as an investment in your outer and inner wellbeing.
3. Tea Time
The Japanese tea ceremony, Chanoyu, takes place in spaces defined by tranquility, tradition and etiquette allowing for intimate interactions away from the mundane. You probably have developed a tea culture of your own. Learn new recipes, invest in new teas and herbs, and create time to sit down mindfully to a steaming cup.
Beyond mindfulness, polyphenols, the chemicals present in tea, and especially in green tea, have been found to have alleviating effects on cancers and heart disease.
4. Decadent Sleepwear
Indulge in gorgeous sleepwear and frilly underthings. We’re talking silk, satin and lots of lace – whatever makes you feel like the sexiest and most fabulous version of yourself. Oh, and don’t forget a luxurious Sherpa-lined fleecy nightgown to cover up in when your food delivery arrives!
5. Bedtime Treats
Speaking about spoil-worthy sleepwear, follow suit and invest in high quality bed sheets and linens too. It will be the most comfortable investment you can make in yourself, along with a few soothing lavender-scented candles for good measure. A good night’s sleep – priceless. Read about the far-reaching negative effects of sleep deprivation here.
Here’s to empowering “I love me”s!
Image by Haley Powers