Tuesday, March 3, 2009

pamper yourself

You've been working hard lately, and now it's time to take a little pampering break. That's right, guys: I want you to take a break from your life! Forget about whatever it is you think you have to do and give yourself some TLC. To hell with the laundry, the dishes, the accounting, the errands, and even the Internet! Turn your cell phone off and try these tips for some tender lovin' care:

Take a bath. Nothing feels quite as decadent as a warm bath. Add bubbles or essential oils — such as lavender and rosemary — or just set some candles around the bathroom while you soak.

Take time out to read. Whether it's a book, your favorite magazine, or the newspaper, set yourself up in a quiet place and indulge yourself without interruption.

Set up a pampering appointment. Get a new haircut, go for a manicure and pedicure, or get a professional shave at the barber.

Order takeout. Splurge and order dinner in so you don't have to cook — but make sure to choose something that won't kill your diet.

Take yourself out to a movie. Think you don't have time to catch the latest flick? Think again. This is your downtime, kiddo. Go ahead and enjoy Hollywood!

Sleep in. Seriously, sometimes it feels so great just to turn the alarm off before you get into bed and let yourself sleep, sleep, sleep the morning away.

Enjoy it while you can — because tomorrow, it's back to work!

Jillian's Tip of the Day

Write Yourself a Love Letter

Stop and think about all of your strengths and weaknesses, and then pull out some paper and a pen and write yourself a love letter. (You can also in to my site and use your online Fitness Diary!) Make a list of all the admirable things about yourself, all the things worth loving, everything that makes you special. If you get stuck, imagine that you're your own best friend and think about the kinds of things he or she might say to you about why you're such a wonderful person.


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