There's nothing like taking care of yourself - but in an extra-special way - to relax the mind in between heavy weeks of work. I think it's important to take time for yourself, too, to reflect and process (especially all you introverts, like me) on the week past and prepare yourself mentally for whatever you have coming up.
A pamper evening can loose its fun very quickly if you've not planned ahead of time: no one wants to find out moments before she slides in the bathtub that her favorite body wash is out, or lotion, or razor, or face mask. You get the idea. Planning ahead doesn't have to be difficult: just keep an idea in your head of what you want to get done, and make sure you have the products on hand. Even knowing in advance that you don't have time to paint your nails is better than painting them and making a messy job of it in your haste. Which leads me to...
2. KEEP IT DO-ABLE
I'm personally much more relaxed with a short agenda than a long one. Of course I want to have painted nails and smooth legs and a long bath all in one evening, but if you can't fit it all in, there's no point rushing the process, because you'll find you enjoy it a lot less. Spend a lot of time on the things that are most important to you, and let the other things wait for next time.
3. FINISH YOUR HOMEWORK
If you've got work to be finished but you're stopping it to have a bath, odds are your bath is not going to be the most relaxing experience. Finish what you need to finish, then pamper yourself for a job well done.
MY PAMPER EVENING ESSENTIALS
1. PERFUME (i love this one)
2. A GOOD BODY LOTION (my favorite is coconut oil)
3. A CANDLE OF CHOICE (this one is lovely)
4. CHOCOLATE (love a bit of godiva)
5. TEA (my favorite is, of course, the-real-deal loose-leaf english breakfast.)
How do you pamper yourself?