We’ve heard it all before. Look after yourself. Put yourself first. But sometimes in the hustle and bustle of life, and faced with varying levels of guilt, it is hard to prioritise your needs over all else. But stop right there. We are going to fix this for you. Read on for easy ideas on how to spoil yourself – it could be as easy as a spot of retail therapy! Pinky swear you’ll do at least one of these for yourself within seven days?

Retail therapy
When you’ve got a little extra cash to splash, it can be quite therapeutic to shop. But even if you don’t have the cash, window shopping is just as fun. It’s about the thrill of exploration. And doing it at your own pace. Here are some ideas:

  • Marina Mirage: kikki.K, Seed, Witchery and Janine Edwards are all great places to wander through.
  • Finders Keepers Market: A Brisbane institution that delivers the best creations from makers, designers and more.
  • Sanctuary Cove: George’s for lunch, shopping at Sparrow and Soho Girl, then liquorice ice-cream from the lolly shop before heading back to the car.
  • Stroll James Street in Burleigh. Or Brisbane – they’re both great!
  • Pacific Fair. ‘Nuff said.

Treat yourself
1Ahhh, the delight of a day spa. Nothing says “Spoil yourself” like a beauty treatment of some description. Try:

  • One spa at Royal Pines Resort.
  • spaQ at QT Gold Coast for a facial with impressive service.
  • The Bath House. We’ve heard great things about this communal unisex bathhouse and modern rejuvenation space at the mouth of Tallebudgera Valley.
  • Japanese Cosmo Face Lifting: Tracey Holland at Camp Hill is one of only a handful of trained local reflexologists performing this facial massage treatment and, whoa, will you feel zen and your skin plumped and glowing after her hands have been at work!

2Spoiling yourself might also look and feel like a visit to a new destination. Or an old favourite. Somewhere relaxing, somewhere peaceful, somewhere to be by yourself and with nature?

  • It can be as easy as visiting the beach, with book and beach umbrella under your arm.
  • Byron Bay always calls your names when relaxation is required. Try brunch at The Farm, then hit the shops (Mister Zimi is a fave!) followed by a late lunch and a beverage at The Beach Hotel.
  • Roma Street Parklands: On a picnic rug, shoes off, on a sunshiny day. Ahhhh… Ditto, New Farm Park.
  • Tamborine Mountain: Eagle’s Nest and surrounding suburbs offer equal parts retail therapy, road trip and getting back to nature.

Go green
4Being among plants and nature is a sure-fire way to get yourself grounded. Indoor plants are all the rage right now, so a wander around a nursery, buying a new green friend and taking him home will not only do a wealth of good to your mindset, that plant friend will also continue to give you clean air and green love for years to come!

  • The Borrowed Nursery: Plant and pot shopping – tick. Taking a photo against the peach roller door and cactus stencil wall – tick.
  • Lagoonview Road Nursery, Redlands. This nursery is out in the wilderness but once you get there you won’t want to leave. Paddocks of lush tropical gardens hide so many amazing specimens and give plenty of inspo. Then, with your mind overflowing with green ideas for your home, fill your boot with (cheap!) plants.
  • Bushwalks: Again if the wallet doesn’t allow you to shop plants, then ‘windowshop’ in nature.
    There are so many literally cool bushwalk locations just a stone’s throw away.

Sit back and sip
Is there anything more indulgent than sitting back with a hot cup of tea or coffee, completely uninterrupted? We love these Instagrammable local cafes for unwinding with a hot beverage, particularly now that the weather is cooling!

  • El Rosa: this James Street delight injects a lively dose of pink into Brisbane’s CBD, and is overflowing with plants from the adjoining plant pot shop, Arc + Family.
  • Tarte Bakery & Cafe: On the other James Street (the Burleigh one) you’ll find Tarte, a Parisian-inspired slice of serenity in the hustle and bustle of this beachside suburb.
  • Milkman’s Daughter: Last but certainly not least, The Milkman’s Daughter delivers Greek style and vegan delights in equal measure!

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