As much as you might care about others, you might also be one of the many people who are seriously lacking self-compassion. On the surface, this may not seem like a big deal. You’re far too busy to worry about looking after yourself too much, after all. But, its important that you take care of yourself and even reward yourself for your hard work before you even think about doing it for other people. The reason people don’t do this is that they feel selfish, but this isn’t the case.
Instead, you need to find ways to reward yourself and get better at appreciating who you are. Of course, if you’ve spent too long ignoring your needs, you may not know where to start, so here are six ways you can show yourself gratitude and say thanks to yourself more often.
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#1: Treat Yourself
Treating yourself is arguably the easiest way to say thanks to yourself. There are so many ways to reward yourself with a little treat that it can feel overwhelming, though.
However, there must be something you’ve always wanted, whether it’s a trip somewhere new, a new item of clothing or even a facelift to boost your body confidence. You might feel like treating yourself is too expensive or that you don’t really need it. While this might be true, you’ll never really know unless you try it.
If you’re on a budget, then you needn’t splurge too much (because that’s irresponsible), but this shouldn’t mean you don’t treat yourself a little to say thanks for working so hard every day.
#2: Give Yourself a Day Off
If you feel like all you do is work, then perhaps it’s time for you to reward yourself with a day off. This is easier said than done, of course. You might have run out of vacation days or your boss might be unable to approve the specific dates you request. This shouldn’t hold you back, though.
Too many people feel guilty for requesting a day off and feel they need to justify why they aren’t coming into work. This is an attitude that needs to change, and you should be able to take a day if you need it.
Hopefully, you’re able to come to an arrangement that allows you to take a break, even if it’s just a day, so you can come back to work feeling more energised.
#3: Do Something Fun
If you choose to do something fun on your day off, that’s perfectly okay, too, even dip into your savings account (but only a little). Doing something fun can make you forget about the stress and worries you have in life, and it gives you the chance to recharge.
This day of fun to reward yourself could be all on your own, or maybe you want to take your dog for an adventure hiking around the local area. Whatever you decide, you’ll be thanking yourself through an experience rather than material things, which is what many people prefer to do nowadays.
#4: Or Do Nothing At All
Of course, if you don’t feel up to planning anything huge, or the weather won’t allow it, then you can reward yourself by doing nothing at all.
There are plenty of benefits to doing nothing at all, all day long, but it can feel weird at first. You feel like you should be doing something, and you almost feel guilty for sitting around watching TV or browsing your phone. You might even feel you’re wasting the day.
You shouldn’t feel like this, though. If you’re all sapped of energy, then you mustn’t force yourself to do anything. Sometimes, all you need is a day to unwind, pamper yourself with a spa day at home, and enjoy being in your own company.
#5: Spend Time With Friends & Family
Perhaps you’ve been there, done that in your own company, though. Maybe you want to reward yourself by reconnecting with friends and family.
As we mature and grow into responsible adults, everyone loses the time they once had in abundance in their youth, and this can cause us to drift apart, even with people you will always be friends with. If you feel disconnected, reach out to people in your life for a talk and find a way to ground yourself again. You never know, they might need it as much as you do.
#6: Giving Thanks
Being grateful is a crucial part of life. It helps you to appreciate what you have and it shows how much you care about what is possible. But you mustn’t reserve your thanks for everyone but yourself. You need to remember that you’re responsible for the good in your life, too, so it isn’t selfish to pat yourself on the back now and again because you’ve earned it.
We hope these top tips of ways you can reward yourself easily and more often have been helpful. Take care x