Mind.org.uk says that for positive mental well-being you should ‘Take time for yourself’, that ‘at times you may feel guilty for spending time on yourself, but it's essential for your well-being and can help you to be more resilient.’
The NHS even express that "No-one can give well-being to you. It's you who has to take action," according to Professor Stewart-Brown.
As people living modern lives, we spend so much time chasing productivity and refusing to take proper breaks. We shame ourselves for sleeping in and put off activities like long walks and quiet reading. If we ever do have any time away from our daily grind, we are subconsciously aware that there are things we should be doing, which taints our experience with guilt as we feel we are wasting time. But wasting time is fantastically useful. It is a moment on pause, where we are able to re-energise and cleanse our minds.
Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul, says, "We seem to have a complex about busyness in our culture.” We make out that there is always something that needs doing and always someone else who needs our attention.
If no one is around, we automatically reach for our phone, laptop, TV remote, or even the cleaning appliances. We actively avoid ourselves. Being always focused on external stimulation, we are disconnected and missing opportunities for inner growth.
May Sarton describes our quiet moments as "open time, with no obligations except toward the inner world and what is going on there." That is exactly what we need sometimes- to breathe, re-charge, re-connect, and keep going with our lives.
We spend hundreds of pounds on outfits for occasions that we will probably only wear once, we spend hours of our lives rushing around buying this and sorting that and meeting with this person and calling that one. What do we invest in ourselves and our well-being?
A facial treatment is a perfect example of an hour* out of your busy life to just relax, unwind and be at one with yourself. Not only does your skin reap the multiple benefits of a treatment, but your mind has an opportunity to flick that off switch and revel in being gloriously unproductive. This body is the only one we are going to have, and it is up to us to look after ourselves inside and out.
An amazing option for some unwinding and pampering is the Katherine Daniels Age Defence Nourishing Hydrating Treatment. You will be indulged in 80 minutes of pure bliss and experience four Katherine Daniels relaxation sequences whilst your skin receives the ultimate result-driven treatment. These include a facial massage, cranial massage and a foot relaxation sequence. Your skin will be hydrated, supple, smooth and more able to defend itself against premature ageing- and you will have made time for yourself, with yourself!
Katherine Daniels have also just launched their beautiful brand new Skin Perfecting Anti-Oxidant Treatment. You will lose yourself in a wonderful 60 minutes of relaxation and rejuvenation whilst experiencing this double mask treatment packed full of powerful SUPERFOODS, rich in cell protecting Anti-Oxidants along with Vitamin C for skin luminosity and boosting your Collagen and Elastin production. After 1 treatment, your skins’ youth mechanisms will be ignited, your skin will be perfectly hydrated and luminous in appearance, with a more perfected complexion. Teamed with the Katherine Daniels massage sequences, not only will your skin will look and feel amazing, you’ll be supremely relaxed and rejuvenated.
Philanthropist, Oprah Winfrey believes that ‘Solitude is the soul's holiday, an opportunity to stop doing for others and to surprise and delight ourselves instead.’
So put down that phone, stop worrying about what everyone else has going on, let go of that guilt and go and have some life essential time for YOU!
*Facial treatment times vary