Here is a series of simple, quick, and affordable indulgences to
help you slow down and enjoy this season of beauty and transition.

* Welcome spring. Whether or not the temperatures are beginning to
warm in your part of the world, take a walk, paying particular
attention to the little signs that a new season is on its way.

* Stop by your local cosmetics counter for a sample of a
fresh floral perfume.

* Browse the library or online bookstores for a "beach book,"
an absorbing story you can enjoy without a whole lot of thought.

* Buy a racy new bra.

* Light a scented candle in the room where you spend most of your time.
Whenever you need a mini-break, allow the aroma
to carry you to a more relaxing and peaceful place.

* Ask your best friends, "What is your all-time favorite movie?"
Take their suggestions to the video rental store and plan a
movie and popcorn night with the family.

* Are there people in your life who rob you of energy or make
you feel bad about yourself? Many of us cling to relationships
that we have outgrown or that are just no longer good for us.
Give yourself permission to focus on those relationships that
truly support and nourish you.

* For 15 minutes, go back to bed. It's the ultimate indulgence
during a hectic week. Burrow under the covers and enjoy the
comfort of your sheets and blankets.

* Keep a running list of quotes from your kids that crack you up.
(Keep it in the kitchen so it's always available to add to--and to look
back on.)

* Send flowers to someone. A colleague, a neighbor, your mother-in-law...
or yourself.

* Create your own coffee bar. Purchase beans from your favorite
coffee house. Splurge on a few syrups and whipped cream, if you
like. Invite over a few friends.

* Pick up a glamorous pair of sunglasses. Put them on when you
need a little lift. Just for a moment, pretend to be someone
you're not.

* Buy something small that makes you feel cherished: fresh
blackberries, homemade oatmeal soap, a silk eye pillow.

* Make a soothing foot scrub. Combine equal parts Epsom salts,
baking soda, table salt, and water. Don't forget a few drops of
your favorite essential oil. Rub into your feet, sloughing away
the rough spots and preparing for this season's sexy, strappy

* Create a running gratitude list for the area of your life
that is the bumpiest. Whether it's your kids, your spouse, or
your career, make a point to add to the list daily and so keep
mindful of your blessings.

* Enjoy the spring air by hopping on your bicycle and taking a
ride all by yourself.

* This time of year, many of us feel stuck in a routine. When
faced with a choice today, make a deliberate attempt to choose
something different. Whether you eat something new for lunch or
exercise on the bike instead of the Stairmaster, a habit of
trying new things will help remind you that life presents a lot of

* Remind yourself that spring is on its way with aromatherapy.
Choose a scented candle, essential oil or aromatherapy inhaler
in an energizing spring scent: lemon, basil, bergamot, sweet
orange, peppermint, eucalyptus, tangerine, or any floral blend.

* Think of your own small indulgences, and continue to enjoy
one each day.

Author's Bio: 

Susie Cortright is the editor of two "just for you" websites:, which saves you time and money by cataloging only the best personal growth tools, and, devoted to helping busy parents find balance. Today, Momscape visitors receive Susie's "6 Days to Less Stress" course free: And BestSelfHelp visitors receive a free self-help classic: