We all deserve to be pampered and spoiled on the odd occasion. Maybe it’s time to give yourself a special reward and help rejuvenate your spirit and give your life a boost.
The idea of luxury can mean different things to different people. Some think it more as something over the top and even undeserving.
It really is about having a higher level of comfort and a little indulgence thrown in too.
When you think about the term ‘sitting in the lap of luxury’, you’re more inclined to picture someone in absolute extravagance with everything around them screaming of opulence.
You don’t need to be over the top with the way you spoil yourself. It can be any number of things and even small delights that you know you will treasure.
A little luxury goes a long way
When it comes to sitting back and enjoying the luxury of life, there is one image that has become the epitome of a luxurious reward and that is the idea of smoking cigars.
Why do cigars conjure up such a feeling of opulence? It’s probably because of all the time, special technique and the whole detailed preparation process that’s involved with making just one cigar.
Someone could be in New York, London, Paris or Perth and sitting back smoking a cigar. Almost anyone would immediately think that they are celebrating a milestone or have just completed a difficult task.
It doesn’t matter if that moment of luxury is in Buenos Aires, Barbados or someone is savouring the quality cigars Brisbane high-rollers enjoy, the cigar itself is the focus of being luxurious.
It’s not just that the cigar making process is so complicated and takes a great deal of time and effort to create the finished product, it’s also that the cigar can be kept for years to come. It’s not dissimilar to a fine wine.
This is when the cigar aficionado will have their premium sourced cigars kept at the optimum temperature and conditions in a special boveda.
The environment and setting for indulging in a bit of luxury is just as important as the act itself.
The right setting for forgetting the everyday humdrum
You can try and enjoy the pleasures in life, but if the setting isn’t right or the atmosphere is all wrong, then you aren’t really going to get the full and rewarding experience.
The typical way to feel the most luxurious is to surround yourself with plush furnishings and soft cushions. Don’t just sit, but lounge or even lie back and enjoy some time in pure elegance.
This is when you could be set up in a beautiful holiday home with all the special touches like gorgeous whitewash floorboards, huge panoramic windows that offer a stunning view of the sea, a valley through the treetops or breathtaking mountains.
You can be surrounded by charming nicknacks and other special items of decor to conjure up the feeling of serenity.
Each item is magnificently matched and coordinated, with rich timbers in the most perfect wood stain.
Everywhere you turn, your eye catches something that lifts the spirit and inspires a feeling of relaxation and reward.
That is the world of luxury that you have been missing.
A way to recharge yourself and reinvigorate
Life is challenging enough these days without the added pressure of the cost of living, housing shortages and constant deadlines. The idea that we would all be working less because of the advances in technology has seen the opposite effect.
The speed of life is constantly accelerating and sometimes it is like we are living at a breakneck speed. This is when you need to take stock of things before you get worn out by the way you live.
No matter what you do for a living or what your way of life is, it is essential to take a break. This is when it is just as important that we all indulge ourselves in some small luxuries. These little acts of self-gratification help us to stop, relax, and rejuvenate. It is good for both our minds and our bodies. It’s also crucial for our emotional and spiritual health too.
These small luxuries don’t need to be hugely time-consuming or overly expensive either.
The idea of a little luxury can take many forms, including:
- buying yourself something small but fancy,
- soaking in a long hot bath,
- booking a special massage or beauty treatment,
- going to a fancy bakery or café for a special breakfast,
- even simply taking a walk in nature.
These aren’t acts of self-indulgence. These are acts of self-care. Small things like these can boost your self- confidence, re-energise you and are an important way to reward yourself. Your relationship with yourself is probably the most important relationship of all.
If you feel you’ve let yourself down or you are being hard on yourself for whatever reason, it’s vital that you can stock, put in a circuit breaker and look after yourself. This often means hitting the pause button and reminding yourself that you are worthwhile and deserve better.
Caring for ourselves needs to be part of your everyday life. It’s too easy to succumb to the pressures of stress and anxiety that can quickly build up and soon overwhelm us.
That all-important work/life balance
Indulging in small luxuries can help relieve stress and worries. Enjoying something pleasurable can be a great way to release tension and allows you to refocus on what’s important. For example, for someone who is swamped by work or overwhelmed by a particular project, taking a break to indulge in a little luxury can be significant in more ways than one. That positive memory can carry them through the rest of the day, week or month. Such positive memories can even last for many years. Just the idea of that special treat, such as a special cup of tea or a walk in the park and sitting by a lake can help us reset our thoughts. It’s a way to help you see your work for what it is and not the most important thing in life. This allows you to channel your energies in a more focussed and positive light, while making it easier to tackle challenging tasks.
Having a little luxury every now and then is a powerful way to improve your overall well-being. Spoiling yourself could be one of the best ways to care for yourself and set your life back on track.
So go ahead, take a break, and treat yourself to a small luxury today. You deserve it!