We all deserve a treat from time to time. We work hard, we look after everyone else, and we often waste time waiting for other people to treat us. Treating yourself is a great way to practice self-care, and to boost your mental health and mood. When you treat yourself, it can even be empowering, as you start to care for your own needs, instead of waiting for someone else to do something nice for you. In fact, it’s something that we should all be doing more often.
Unfortunately, few of us can afford to go on expensive spa days or treat ourselves to luxury gifts as often as we’d like. The good news is you don’t have to. Small, inexpensive treats every day can be far more beneficial to our health and wellbeing than the more extravagant treats. Here’s a look at 10 simple treats you can fit into any day.
Savour Your Morning Coffee
Do you drink your morning coffee in a rush while you are getting ready for work? Or even as you travel from a travel mug? There are of coffee now, which can, and should be, savoured. Give yourself time to sit and enjoy the taste and smell of your coffee, even using your favourite mug, instead of drinking in a hurry. This small pleasure can help you to start the day in a good mood.
Go for a Walk
Even a short daily walk can improve your mood, health, and wellbeing. Go for a walk after dinner, or on a sunny afternoon. You’ll burn calories, strengthen your legs, improve your posture, get some fresh air, and have the chance to enjoy a little time alone.
Read a Book
Cook for Yourself
We so often cook for other people or at least cook what other people want. Instead, occasionally cook for yourself, especially when you are eating alone. Cook your favourite meal or a big treat, for no reason other than you want it.
Enjoy a Bubble Bath
A long soak in the bath with candles, a book, a glass of wine, and a homemade face mask can be almost as big a boost as a day at the spa.
Get Lost in a Movie
How often do you watch a movie while scrolling through your phone? We rarely give the things that we watch our full attention nowadays which means that we rarely get the full enjoyment that they offer. Turn your phone off for an evening, get some popcorn, and give the movie the attention that it deserves.
Spend Time Outdoors
Time outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine is great for your health, wellbeing, and mood. Your short daily walk will help but for the full try outdoor picnics, gardening, jogging outside, or going for the occasional longer walk.
Take a Nap
Learn Something New
Learning is so good for your brain. It can be enjoyable and confidence-boosting. Look for free online courses, check out your local college, or just read about something that you are interested in.
Yoga has so many benefits for your health and wellbeing and can help you to enjoy other elements of your life. Try to practice either first thing in the morning, to prepare you for the day, or later in the evening to help you sleep.
Try to fit one small treat into your schedule every day, even when you are busy, and you’ll soon start to feel the benefits.