What is luxury? It is defined as “a state of great comfort or elegance especially when involving great expense” and is often seen as something rare, exclusive and unattainable because many people think luxury is something only money can buy. Now after the year we have had we could see it as all those little things that we did not know how to value but now on reflection we can appreciate so much more.
- Luxury is being healthy.
- Luxury is being able to walk along the seashore.
- Luxury is browsing round the shops and trying on a new outfit.
- Luxury is meeting with your whole family, with your friends.
- Luxury is the smiles, hugs and kisses that you took for granted.
- Luxury is enjoying every sunrise and every sunset.
- Luxury is having someone around you that you love and who loves you.
- Luxury is going to the hairdressers to have your hair cut and styled.
- Luxury is a garden with its open space, fresh air and a seat to enjoy the view.
- Luxury is a roof over your head and food to eat.
- Luxury is enjoying nature and walking.
- Luxury is travelling to new places, meeting new people and experiencing a little adventure.
- Luxury is having sight to see all these things and more.
- Luxury is having an online yoga class.
All this is luxury and we did not know. What is your luxury?
More than anything, living luxuriously is a mindset that can actually help you to grow. Luxuriating is about slowing down, enjoying the present moment and not worrying about the future or fretting about the past.
Here are some easy ways to embrace a luxurious mindset in your daily life.
- Turn your morning shower into a pleasurable experience. Don’t rush through it or think about work. Just focus on feeling relaxed from your warm water on your muscles. If you’re feeling brave, turn the water to cold for a minute – it is incredibly refreshing!
- Stop to smell the flowers. Take time on your walk to notice the snowdrops and see what other flowers are starting to bloom.
- Watch the sunrise or set. We often do this on holiday but how often do you do this at home? Watching nature has been shown to calm the body’s nervous system so watching a sunset is a great way to relax before bed.
- Get more sleep. Try going to bed 30 minutes earlier than normal. That little extra time may be what you need to feel more rested.
- Get up 15 minutes earlier. I know this seems to be the opposite of the one above but if you feel rushed in the morning before work, having a few extra minutes can set you up for a successful day.
- Lounge around in bed 1 day a week. Do you get up early on holiday? What could be more luxurious that lounging around in bed with your tea or coffee? It’s certainly better than rushing up and getting straight into action!
- Make your meals beautiful. Rushing through meals is more likely to result in indigestion and mindless eating can easily lead to weight gain or ill health. Instead, pay attention to what you’re eating, make the presentation visually appealing and sit down to enjoy it (without your TV, computer or smartphone).
- Choose quality over quantity. When you do spend money, think through your purchases. Are you buying something cheap that you will have to replace sooner rather than later? This can cost you more money in the long run than buying a quality item in the present.
- Take a virtual holiday. For five minutes, imagine yourself on your favourite beach or whatever else brings you joy and takes you away from your desk and into fun.
- Stretch like a panther. Have you ever noticed how when a cat or dog stretches they look like they’re really enjoying it? Simply pay attention to how it feels to stretch your muscles and yawn. You’re accomplishing two great things with that: ooxygenating your brain and moving your body.
What do all of these things have in common? Each one gives you a mental, emotional or physical break that will refresh and recharge you. Try at least one of these now and plan to do one luxurious thing a day for the next two weeks. You’ll be amazed at how good it feels.