I don’t know about you, but I am already feeling burnt out- and it’s only February. How can this be? We are a mere two months into a brand new year and already it feels like we’re all waiting to hit the reset button. How do we pull ourselves out of this? It’s simple: reward yourself. Think about how you have created little moments of happiness for others. Pre-pandemic that might have been helping a friend plant her garden or buying an extra coffee for your coworker, post-pandemic it’s probably sending loved ones cards in the mail or sending a kind text message to lift their spirits. All those little things can add up to big joy.
Now apply that same thinking to yourself. Try soaking your feet, giving yourself a manicure, treating yourself to your favorite take out, anything that brings you your own big joy. Make a commitment to pamper yourself a little along the way and it will help you reconnect with yourself which will in turn help you reconnect with your life as a whole and the people around you in a healthy and positive way.
The first images that come to mind when you picture treating yourself are most likely facemasks and bubble baths. While those are fantastic ways to give yourself some love, they are certainly not the only ways to find your joy. When it comes to treating yourself there is simply no wrong way to do it, you can go as big or small as you like. Here are a few ways to reward yourself for working so hard:
Over-the-top indulge! You’re worth it.
Order yourself that gorgeous necklace you’ve been dreaming ofGo to the fanciest spa in town and unwindBuy yourself that stunning dress you’ve had in your online shopping cart for weeks and wear it in your living room as you finally binge watch Bridgerton
Keep it simple- some of the best things in life are absolutely free.
Call your best friend and have a nice long chat (or cry)Download a new album and sit and listen to the whole thingGrab a blanket and a cup of coffee, sit on your back porch and just stare up into the sky
One important thing to remember when it comes to treating/pampering yourself is to know that you deserve it. You didn’t keep up your goal of walking two miles a day or finish that podcast you said you would? So what. Are you a human trying your hardest to be a good person? Then you absolutely deserve to give yourself a little love and attention. Don’t wait for a new year or a new month or even a new moment- do. it. now! We are all just trying to find our joy in life and figure out what our purpose is and sometimes we forget that we create our own joy and we are our own purpose.
You’re doing your best, go make yourself a cup of tea and take a deep breath.
This guest post was authored by Becca Anderson
Becca Anderson comes from a long line of preachers and teachers from Ohio and Kentucky. The teacher side of her family led Becca to become a women’s studies scholar who writes The Blog of Awesome Women. An avid collector of meditations, prayers, and blessings, she helps run a “Gratitude and Grace Circle” that meets monthly at homes, churches, and bookstores. Becca Anderson credits her spiritual practice with helping in her recovery from cancer and wants to share this with anyone who is facing difficulty in their life. She is the author of Think Happy to Stay Happy, Real Life Mindfulness, and Every Day Thankful. Becca shares her inspirational writings and suggested acts of kindness at https://thedailyinspoblog.wordpress.com/.
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