When times are tough -- whether it's because you're young and underpaid, there's an economic downturn, you're making a life change, saving for something special or you've been laid off -- pampering yourself becomes important so you don't get depressed. Fixing up your home can seem like the last thing you want to spend money on. But trust us, these 5 small things can have big impact on your well being...
- Candles: Scented are great and add an extra dimension but even the light from candles from the 99 cents store can make a home feel special. Certainly, we light them at dinner or when we're in the bath but try them at unexpected times too. Light one at breakfast to remind you to slow down, cook dinner by candlelight, to mediate on for a few minutes before you go to bed or while you're on the computer.
- Flowers: One big sunflower, a handful of daisies, the heady scent of gardenias. One small bouquet, one big impact. If you're not a flower person, try a bowl of lemons, oranges, or apples, artichokes or succulents.
- Music: We're not talking the loud stuff you need to channel your inner rock star when you're had a bad day (though we can attest to the miraculous healing powers of an evening of Rock Band or Guitar Hero!) but the softer stuff -- instrumentals, classical, jazz -- that forms a background cushion against the outside world.
- Nice Bath Products. A good soap, a rich shaving cream, a thick body cream. Bath products don't have to be expensive. We love Boot's, available at Target, for its great products and clean packaging. And don't forget the healing power of products made for kids. A bubble bath or an evening spent drawing all over yourself with soap crayons can literally wash away your troubles.
- A clean home: Decluttering your home so that you come home to someplace clean and organized, a home that hugs you, can make a big difference. And, who knows? Maybe getting it to that point will put you in a good mood. That's one reason why we call getting our homes in shape the Cure.
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