The people who need self-care the most are the ones who spend their lives caring for others - worrying about the needs of their friends, making a difference in their community, and working late so their clients receive the best service possible. NEWSFLASH, if you are one of these people, then you deserve something for your hard work. Indulging and relaxing isn’t selfish, it’s a necessity. Your body and your soul need time to rejuvenate so you can continue to care for others. Making time for yourself can be a daunting task, but here are some reasons you’ll encounter in your daily life that should remind you to take pause and think about yourself for once.
5 Reasons to Treat Yourself
Treat yourself when it’s that time of the month.
This one is already marked down on your calendar. Once a month, add a little bit of pampering to your routine to offset that PMS negativity. A hot bubble bath will soothe any cramps, and a little extra primping during these miserable days will help you forget about the uncomfortable bloating. Instead of thinking of it as the week from hell, sign up for a tampon subscription and get excited at the thought of a special package at your door to help you start your period off in style.
...when you finish a big project.
Whether it’s a huge renovation to your home or a massive work order for a client, large projects can be a massive stressor and can feel never-ending. Reward yourself for a job well-done with something special to mark the end of a time-sucking project to de-stress and get yourself ready for the next big task to follow. A spa day, a shopping spree, or a weekend getaway, work within your budget (so money doesn’t become your next big stressor) and take a day or two to treat yourself.
...for small personal milestones.
Job interview? Buy yourself a cute new bag to carry your portfolio. Stuck to your diet all week? Splurge on a new dress to show off your rockin’ body. Just proud that you got out of bed and laundry? Treat yourself to the most expensive Starbucks drink with all the works. Rewarding yourself for the little victories makes it more fun to check things off your to-do list and stick to your goals.
…when you’re feeling down.
It’s easy and normal to get overwhelmed and upset, and to avoid any unnecessary tasks when we’re not feeling our best. Let me say it again - self-care IS a necessity. When you’re having a rough day, week, or month, it feels so good to have someone reach out and do something small and kind for you, but we don’t always realize that we have the option do kind things for ourselves. Taking care of yourself is empowering and helps remind you that you are in charge of your body, your feelings, and your own mental health.
...because life’s too short.
Unless you’re immortal, you only have so much time in life to accomplish your goals. Career goals are important, but enjoying a life of happiness and pleasure should take precedence. Take time to appreciate the small things, allow yourself to relax, and take advantage of new, exciting opportunities. Would you rather be the person who is remembered as being a loyal worker, or the person remembered for living life to its fullest?