If you hang out with me for any considerable amount of time, you’ll pick up on the fact that I say some odd (yet funny) things. Most of them were probably featured on an episode of Parks and Recreation. I love that show. A lot. If you don’t watch it, there’s an epsiode where Tom and Donna spend a day treating themselves to the finer things in life. AKA TREAT YO SELF.
Treating yourself is really important. This means something different for everyone (as the show goes on to highlight in a pretty hilarious way) and doesn’t have to be lavish or costly. Whether you are just taking some time to relax, or giving yourself a pat on the back for a job well done, hopefully this will give you some ideas.
Buy yourself coffee : The free crap your office provides in an attempt to make you feel better about showing up doesn’t always cut it. Splurge on a delicious cup of coffee on the way into the office and your day will automatically get a bit brighter.
Get a new group fitness class on the calendar : If you feel better after a good sweat session, check out sites like Groupon or Living Social for a new group fitness class deal. Many of these (like spin, Pure Barre, fancy yoga) will give you a first class free to get you hooked. Schedule it and have something new to look forward to.
Get a polish change : Time and budget doesn’t always allow for a full manicure or pedicure. As for a polish change; they will still buff and file your nails, and for a fraction of the cost.
Turn your phone on airplane mode : Treat your self to some unplugged relaxation time. Schedule a few hours Saturday morning to turn your phone on airplane mode. No Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or incoming messages. Just you and whatever you need to clear your mind. No one needs all that clutter, all the time.
Watch Netflix or your favorite lighthearted comedy for 2 hours and don’t beat yourself up about it: I have trouble justifying TV time, but sometimes you just need it. It gives your brain a chance to focus on some fictitious “problems” that usually end in a solution. That’s a beautiful thing.