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The Power of Pampering

To create time and space to ease into yourself you need to believe that you have a right to an unfettered happiness. Begin by creating an inspiring environment at home. You know how constricting clothing makes you uncomfortable and limits your self-expression; make sure your home environment is not constricting filled with too many rules and time demands. You canít be joyous and inclined to pamper yourself when under pressure.

Make your space relaxing and whimsical by using color, seasonal window treatments, moving knickknacks and furniture around, serving different recipes, etc. You canít keep on looking at the same things and eating the same foods, yet expect to be stimulated and experience something different. The idea is to cultivate a new sense of enthusiasm; donít worry about how your self-expression looks or sounds! If you feel like laughing spontaneously, singing even if you canít sing or just dancing to the music that no one else hears Ė do it and donít be afraid. Fear and self- consciousness will imprison your spirit with judgment. One of my favorite quotes comes from Ralph Waldo Emerson, ďTo be great is to be misunderstood.Ē I use this quote frequently when friends or family remark, ďWhat has gotten into you?Ē

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways to pamper myselfNow you are ready to get a massage, read a good book, take a whiff of lavender, or have a chocolate treat (very heart smart). Create your own relaxation ritual. Zen philosophy claims that enlightenment is contained in a single flower because when we can appreciate a blossom, we have become alive and alert. So, stop and smell the roses to find happiness in nature and in your own nature.
For more information on managing your stress and reclaiming your life read my book, Addicted to Stress: A Woman's 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life. To listen to archived radio shows with guest experts visit Turn On Your Inner Light Radio Show

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