There’s lots of stuff out there about self care and self love, a lot of it involves grooming (which is fine if that’s your thing) but ignores the very basic stuff.
For me, the things I tell myself to do BEFORE I shell out for a mani-pedi to make myself feel better, are:
Go to bed when you are tired.
Eat when you are hungry.
Fasten your seatbelt!!
Do basic cancer and other wellness checks on your body.
Do not work when you are sick.
Wear sunscreen or a hat in the sun.
Wear sensible shoes that don’t slip and slide or squash your feet.
Walk barefoot as much as you can.
Ditto comfy clothes and a well-fitting bra (or no bra, even nicer!).
Brush yer teeth.
Eat your veggies and drink water.
Move your body every day.
Keep a journal and/or talk about stuff with people you trust.
Take breaks and play.
Bubble baths and massages are well and good, but too many of us neglect the basic ways we need to keep our bodies and minds healthy.
Ps This is not a permission slip to beat yourself up, by the way: we all mess up on self care, it’s not a sign we are an unworthy person! Just do your best and give yourself some love.
Full disclosure: I have never actually paid for a mani-pedi.