You work hard for a reason: to feel empowered, personally and professionally. Rewarding yourself is an essential part of self-care. It’s all too easy to deny yourself the things that don’t seem essential — but in the end, enjoying the little luxuries of life is another way of telling yourself you’re worth it.
Think of the following as worthwhile investments: things you can do for yourself now to help you find success in the future.
Parachute Home linen sheet set Image by: Parachute Home
1. High-quality bedsheets
Nothing feels quite as good as collapsing into bed at the end of a long day — especially if it’s into high-quality bedsheets. Bedsheets made of natural fibres like linen, (e.g. this dreamy Parachute sheet set), are more breathable than those made of a lower quality material. This means they’ll keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It’s been said that great sheets help you fall asleep faster and improve your overall sleep hygiene — sounds like a dream come true to us.
2. Hydrating skincare products
Elizabeth Grant’s Biocollasis Complex Cell Vitality Cleansing Milk Image by: Elizabeth Grant
Your skin is one of your hardest working organs, so you need to take care of it. Late nights at the office, a rough night of sleep (see the above note on better bedsheets), and that fourth cup of coffee can really take a toll on your skin. Though there’s nothing wrong with drugstore products, why not treat your skin to something more refined?
The first step is to take a peek at the ingredients. Look for things like squalane, hyaluronic acid and Argan oil, while avoiding artificial fillers like parabens or phthalates. For a high-quality cleanser that won’t break the bank, try Elizabeth Grant’s Biocollasis Complex Cell Vitality Cleansing Milk. This powerful little concoction uses natural products such as jojoba oil and chamomile extract to gently cleanse and hydrate your skin — and did we mention it’s Canadian?
Lush Celestial Facial Moisturizer Image by: Lush
Another fantastic option for all-natural, Canadian-made skincare products is Lush. If you have sensitive skin, their Celestial Facial Moisturizer is your new best friend. It blends fresh dove orchid extract with almond oil, vanilla water and fair trade organic cocoa butter for a lotion that feels (and smells) divine on your skin.
3. A tailored suit
Sumissura offers made-to-measure workwear. Image by: Sumissura
It’s time to stop buying ill-fitting, off-the-rack suits and start buying quality tailored garments instead. Custom suit companies like Sumissura offer made-to-measure suits using high-quality materials like merino wool, linen and tweed. Though a handmade suit will cost you a little extra, it’ll move more gracefully and give you the confidence to perform in any setting.
Escents aromatherapy Image by: Escents
The benefits of aromatherapy are endless — from reducing anxiety to boosting cognitive performance. The Dream Ceramic Aroma Diffuser from Escents offers something for every mood and situation. It can even helps to sterilize and deodorize the air in your home to help alleviate allergies, asthma and emphysema. After spending an evening with this diffuser, you’ll return to work as rested and relaxed as you would after a day at the spa.
5. Well-made furniture
Rove Concepts furniture Image by: Rove Concepts
Buying high-quality furniture can be intimidating, but picking out the right pieces is how you make your house a home. By cultivating a peaceful, inspiring environment, you’re more likely to feel empowered and able to succeed. British Columbia-based Rove Concepts offers stunning mid-century pieces such as the Elliott Sofa that will make you feel like a high-powered businesswoman straight out of Mad Men.
6. Fresh flowers
Stop by a local florist or farmer’s market for a fresh arrangement. Image by: Helena Hurtz/Stocksnap.io
Freshly cut flowers are an everyday luxury that, while small, can completely change your mood. And there’s no need to wait for someone to buy you flowers, as the small gestures you do for yourself can be the most empowering. So stop by a local florist or farmer’s market on your way home from work and choose an arrangement that speaks to you. It’ll brighten your home and make you feel like a million bucks.
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