Guilty pleasure or survival essential?
Why you should put yourself back at the top of your priority list
When flying, we’re always instructed to put our own oxygen mask on before helping others with theirs – even our children’s.
This seems like a very selfish act, doesn’t it? Human instinct is to put first those we love.
But if you don’t put your mask on first, then how will you ever be able to help anyone else if you’re struggling?
The same can be said in everyday life, not just aeroplane emergencies (which are, thankfully, rare). You need to be at your best to give your best self to others.
We all live busy lives, and when we’re frantic with work and family, we tend to let our own needs and wants fall to the bottom of our priority list. As a result, we become tired, unhealthy and sometimes unhappy.
But actually, we should be at the very top of our list. Because the happier and healthier you are, the better version of yourself you will be, and the more you will be able to do for others. You will perform better, love stronger and bring more sunshine into others’ lives.
Taking care of ourselves is becoming somewhat trendy. Self-care, as it’s now coined. It’s not selfish. It’s essential for survival, because nobody can take care of you, except for you.
Everyone’s self-care ritual will be different. A good book, working out, time with friends, retail therapy. Whatever it is, you deserve to treat yourself to the seemingly insignificant things in life.
And don’t be left riddled with guilt when you do so. You’re not being selfish. You’re simply putting your oxygen mask on so you can best support those around you.
But how do you find that inexpensive something to make you feel special and brighter? Well, we’re going to let you into a little secret…
The power of petals
Here at 89 Petals HQ, we truly believe there is no better way to make yourself feel special and bring joy into your day than with a bouquet of flowers.
And it’s not that we’re biased, because now science proves it.
According to behavioral research conducted at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, flowers trigger happy emotions, improve feelings of life satisfaction and have a positive effect on social behaviour.
People who received flowers expressed immediate happiness, and felt their mood improved in the long run, feeling less agitated and with a higher sense of enjoyment.
Lead researcher Dr. Haviland-Jones says, "Now, science shows that not only do flowers make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional wellbeing."
Flowers also provide a connection to nature, beyond your normal fast-paced everyday, while chromotherapy allows the colours of flowers to stimulate your mood.
So what better reason do you need than to treat yourself to a monthly bouquet of designer flowers, delivered to your home, every month for just £29?
You deserve to feel special, amongst the hum-drum of life. Make flowers your self-care solution and feel happy every day. Treat yourself today!
Share the happiness
Flowers also have the power to improve intimacy and relationships, not to mention making the recipient feel happy.
So why not also send a bouquet to someone you know who needs a smile putting on their face, if only to feel special.
At least then, if you do in any way feel selfish about treating yourself, this negates that sentiment as you’re also bringing happiness to others.
After all, as writer and performer John Harrigan says, “Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower.”