Life is inherently stressful, which is why it's important to create moments of luxury in your daily life. You might think of luxury as something that costs a lot of money or requires you to remodel your home or go to an exotic destination, but there are countless ways to create small moments of decadence. Here are four quick and fairly inexpensive ways to add a little bit of lavishness to your life.
Treat Yourself to Cashmere
If you're used to wearing a cotton shirt underneath your wool sweater to protect your skin from itchy fibers, a cashmere sweater will feel absolutely decadent. The fibers of the cashmere goat are much finer and softer than sheep's wool, creating a material that is actually enjoyable to feel directly on the skin. Add one to your closet today!
Take Baths More Often
According to one psychologist, bathing can diminish feelings of depression and pessimism by offering an escape into isolation, quiet, and comfort. This is in part because being submerged in a quiet, warm liquid subconsciously reminds us of being in the womb, which is incredibly comforting. Elevate your bath to spa level by turning off the light, turning on some ambient sounds, and adding a bath bomb or some skin-softening essential oils. The best oils for bathing include rose, lavender, lemon, peppermint, and geranium.
Keep Cut Flowers
Fresh-cut flowers make rooms feel more alive and luxurious, but you don't have to spend a fortune on them. If flowers are in bloom, you can cut a few from a public field or from the side of a public road. If you have a garden, why not bring a few of them inside? Alternatively, if flowers are not in bloom outside, scout out a local grocery store that sells inexpensive flowers. You can do this occasionally or once a week.
Make restaurant-quality meals
It's really easy to get into the grind of cooking spaghetti or eating a cold-cut sandwich for dinner every night. But if you want to indulge, make restaurant-quality dinners at home. It's less expensive than going out to eat at your favorite restaurants, and there are countless websites that can teach you how to make fresh, delicious meals from the comfort of your own home. Don’t have the time to plan? Try a meal delivery service.
One of the best ways to feel like you are living a luxurious lifestyle is to never let yourself get into a rut. Keep your routines fresh, and be open to trying new things. There are countless ways to enliven your quality of living if you are continually looking for them.