Some may think that treating yourself to something means spending money, but I beg to differ. I think that you can “treat yourself” even better if you don’t spend a lot or any money!
After long weeks of classes, work, homework and adulting, I normally treat myself to something on the weekends. Here are my ten favorite ways to show myself a little love and appreciation for free:
- Cook yourself dinner. Make something super easy or try that new complicated, 12-step recipe that you found on Pinterest.
- Paint your nails. I love this because it requires making myself sit down for about an hour and do nothing while I wait for them to dry.
- Write a letter. You would be surprised about how good you feel after you send it off in the mail!
- Journal. Journaling is one of my favorite things to do, but I don’t get to do it very often in the middle of the week. Take time to sit down and write about how you are doing and process through your week.
- Watch a movie. I love curling up on the couch to watch a movie! I have a few favorites that I love to watch, but I am always up for watching something new too. Maybe put on a face mask while you are at it too!
- Go on a hike/walk. Hikes and walks put me in such a good mood, and if I am not rushing to get somewhere, then it is even better!
- Shop your closet. Create 3 new outfit combinations with things that you already own. I love doing this, because it makes me focus on what I have, not on what I want.
- Brain dump. This is similar to journaling, but I love to treat myself by writing EVERYTHING that has been circling in my head down on paper. You might end up with a long list of things that you feel like you need to do, but I have learned that it is less stressful to see them all on paper.
- Call someone you haven’t talked to in a while. Connecting with others is a great way to destress, as well as let someone know that you care about them and are thinking of them!
- Read a book. One of my FAVORITE things to do is to stay in bed or on the couch for an hour or two and read for pleasure. It is also a perfect way to sneak in a short afternoon nap!
I think that it is safe to say that our consumeristic culture promotes spending a lot of money and buying luxury goods to help ourselves feel better and well-cared for, but these feelings do not last long. While it is okay to buy yourself something nice every once in a while, I think it is more important to know what makes you feel relaxed, refreshed and renewed, without having to deplete your savings account.
What are some ways that you treat yourself? 🙂