Today’s stress buster is just for fun, but can reap big mental health benefits. Go ahead and treat yourself. Something a little bit indulgent just for you. It doesn’t necessarily have to cost a lot of money, but it should be something meaningful for you.
You’ve probably experienced the stress busting power of doing something just for yourself in the past. Maybe it was as simple as running a hot bath or curling up with a brand new book. Or maybe it was getting an overdue mani/pedi. Or maybe it was escaping to a quiet retreat for the weekend. No matter what you did, I’m sure it felt good to do treat yourself a bit and as a result you felt more relaxed and less stressed afterwards.
Now, if you’re the type of person who has a hard time doing nice things for yourself and would rather do something nice for others, please take today’s stress busting tip to heart. Believe me, it will have a huge impact on your life, your relationships, and it will work amazingly well as a stress buster for you.
If you don’t take care of yourself and do something just for you every once in a while, you’ll get more worn out and more stressed as time goes by. And the more worn out you get, the less optimally you’ll be able to function in other areas of your life.
When you’re stressed out and struggling with brain fog, you aren’t thinking clearly. You’re not as patient as you could be. Tempers get short and it’s easy to snap at the littlest thing and regret it later.
Don’t get to that point. Take care of yourself first and be sure to treat yourself every once in a while. The people you love and work with will benefit from it.
How to Treat Yourself at Home
Finances might be tough but don’t let that stop you from a little pampering. Everybody needs some self care. There’s two ways to get around his problem. The first is to find simple things that cost nothing or very little.
Carving out some time for you and spending that time on something you enjoy like a hobby doesn’t have to cost much or anything. Taking a hot bath and listening to your favorite music doesn’t cost much. Find a few things that relax and destress you but don’t cost anything.
The second thing you can do is to use having some spending money as a motivation to make more. Get a side hustle, work on your business, put in an hour or two of overtime, or find a few extra savings in your budget to make up for the money you’re spending on yourself.
But whatever you decide to do, don’t feel guilty about treating yourself every once in a while.
- Here’s some simple ways you can treat yourself at home:
- Enjoy a sunrise or a sunset
- Draw, paint, color, quilt.
- Cooking (really!)
- Listen to music
- Give yourself a pedicure.
- Soak in the tub.
- Turn off all electronics.
- Read a book from your wish list.
- Get outside.
- Try aromatherapy.
- Go through old family photos
Can Self Care Become Selfish?
Done correctly, self care isn’t selfish. But on the other hand if you’re someone who has no problem treating themselves, then proceed with caution. You want to treat yourself when you’re stressed and you’ve been working hard. Try to think of of it as a treat that you have to earn first.
Whatever you do, don’t use self care as an excuse to indulge in too much retail therapy and max out those credit cards. That will stress you out even more!