When we’re kids, it seems that lovely rewards are getting thrown at us left and right. Get this many marks on your spelling test, and we’ll take you out for ice-cream. Help out with this or that chore, and you get a new toy. When we get into adulthood, it seems that the opportunities to treat ourselves get less and less frequent and practical. If you’re long overdue for a little reward, here are some great ideas for treating yourself.
Take Yourself Out for Breakfast
Like many people, you probably buy yourself lunch fairly often. This may have felt like a real treat the first couple of lunch breaks you had at work, but soon enough they just become part of the routine. Again, like many people, your breakfast might usually be one big rush; part of the mad dash to get out of the door and make it to work on time! On your next day off, why not buy yourself a lovely breakfast?
Mess Around Online (On Purpose)
When I was still working my day job, and trying to get my blogging career off the ground, there simply wasn’t enough hours in the day for any kind of “me time”. As soon as I got home, I’d be on the computer, watching seminars on online marketing, pitching guest posts, and honing my writing skills. Every now and then, of course, this would be broken up by Facebook, YouTube and the weirdest threads of Wikipedia links you can imagine. Once I caught myself slacking off like this, I’d feel a horrible, sinking sense of a guilt. If this sounds familiar, set a time for cutting loose, and permitting yourself to screw around online.
Now, I’m not suggesting that you break into your life savings and blow it all on some irresponsible purchase. Similarly, I’m not suggesting that having material stuff is the key to happiness. However, I’m sure you’ll agree that having something new feels lovely, so why not do this to reward yourself for all your hard work? Go to a home décor shop and get yourself a charming little ornament, or go online and order your favourite novel in a beautiful hardback edition. You might have something bigger in the home that needs replacing. Why not check out some vi-spring beds, convex TVs, or new furniture?
Take a Class
Once you’ve spent enough time in education and settled on a career you want to pursue, it can be easy to get swallowed up by this one niche, and forget about anything else that you ever had an interest in. This may be good for your wealth and career progress. However, after long enough it can be a little detrimental to our emotional health. I’m sure that there’s some kind of hobby or topic that you’ve always had a strong interest in, but never really taken the time to pursue. Whatever that is, look around for some local classes or seminars on it, and sign yourself up!