Top 100 List

Pamper Yourself

On days when I feel blue, things can seem pretty dark even with the bright Arizona sun shining in my windows. Depression usually gives me no warning, but I am getting much better with how I deal with it. I call it my Top 100 List.

A dear friend and Life Coach Reggie Adams recommended this years ago, and I’ve been building on it ever since. It’s a list of things I can do to pamper myself. I think she meant for me to look at this list before depression hits, but it doesn’t always work that way. Here are some examples from my list:

  1. Buy Myself Flowers
  2. Do Yoga (even if you only have time for 10 minutes of sun salutations)
  3. Eat a Healthy Snack (make it pretty and sit down to enjoy it)
  4. Read a Book (curled up on the couch in your fuzzy red socks)
  5. Scrapbook (play with your photos)
  6. Write a Letter (maybe even to yourself)
  7. Sing Loud and Proud in the Shower or Car
  8. Take a Long Hot Bath

This week I found myself feeling blue, so I chose to add a new idea to my Top 100 List, a foot soak my friend Charlotte found on Pinterest. In a little more than 20 minutes I had slipped from feeling lethargic to feeling positively lovely again. Here’s the recipe for the foot soak:

In a large basin mix: 1/2 cup Listerine, 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 cup of very warm water.

Soak your feet in the warm mixture for 15 minutes. Dry both feet completely and wrap one in a towel while you work on the other. Use a pumice stone, pedicure paddle or even just a dry towel to rub the entire foot, focusing especially on the dry calloused areas. Add lotion and enjoy soft, silky skin.

Stay tuned for more ideas to pamper yourself next week.

Comments 9

  1. I am lucky enough to live on the water, so for me, going for a kayak is the thing that always makes me feel more at peace. Loved your list.

    1. Thank you for your comment. I just moved to the Arizona desert so there’s no ocean near me – but I now have a pool for the first time in my life – thank you for reminding me to add to my list: get in the water and get my hair wet!

  2. Sounds wonderful. I plan to try it today,and I’m not even ‘blue.’ Thanks.

  3. When I am feeling blue I make myself go out for a walk even though it is the last thing I want to do. I have to say to myself just get out of bed like a robot, don’t think about anything, don’t start negotiating with that voice in your head, just put one foot in front of the other and do it. I know without a doubt that I will feel better afterwards. The other thing I love doing is sitting on my meditation mat, lighting some candles and burning some incense. I must admit I do love pampering myself.

  4. Excellent idea Claire. Thanks for the reminder that it’s often about just putting one foot in front of the other and taking action.

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