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Readers share their favorite indulgences

February 08, 2001

Readers share their favorite indulgences



We recently invited readers to tell us how they pamper themselves, and offered them a chance to win $50.

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Six women responded. Virginia Powers' name was drawn at random, and she won the prize.

Pamper? What does that mean?

Technically, or at least according to Webster's, to pamper means to be overindulgent with.

Overindulgent with yourself? Oh, come on. Who has time to indulge?

The women who shared their tips squeeze the moments for themselves out of busy schedules. Some of them point out the stress-reducing benefits of exercise. One believes a brisk walk with her dogs is good for her health. Others appreciate opportunities to just sit - sit and read a poem, soak in a tub or enjoy a favorite childhood film on video.

All think that taking time for themselves is important.

Marie Guedenet, a clinical social worker in private practice in Hagerstown, agrees. Guedenet, who does yoga, says it's not exercise just for the body. It's for peace, also.

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"We are a whole being," she says.

The topic of pampering yourself is an excellent one for women, she says. Women are raised to do many things for other people. They need to take time for themselves - more than once in a while. We deserve to pamper ourselves, she says.

"We need to do it, or we won't have the energy to take care of others," Guedenet says.

- Kate Coleman, Staff Writer

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