In life, you have heaps of responsibilities to think about every day. From waking up in the morning and making sure the kids are ready for school with their lunches packed and delicious to getting to work (on time) and dealing with whatever the day throws at you, it always feels like you’re doing things for others.
Doing things for and helping others is an admirable trait. Most of the time, you enjoy lending a helping hand, it makes you feel good, and it ensures someone has a better day than they were already having. The world could do with a lot more of that. But, this assistance shouldn’t always come first. Sometimes, you need to think about yourself. Perhaps now is the time, then, to treat yourself.
Why Treat Yourself?
Too many people see treating themselves as a selfish act. The problem with this is that you can’t be at your best to aid others when they need help if you don’t feel your best, and this is where treating yourself comes in.
Too much running around and bending to the whims of every request – sensible, ridiculous, or somewhere in between – can grind you down. You might not feel it at the time, but suddenly you’ll feel so exhausted and so overwhelmed that you collapse, or snap, you do or say something you probably shouldn’t have done.
That’s not to say never do anything for anybody else ever again and focus solely on yourself. This isn’t the way to do things. However, you can think about your needs just as much as you do other people’s. Once you start focusing on what makes you happy, you’ll have the satisfaction and energy to start thinking about others again.
There are plenty of ways to treat yourself, but here are just a couple of ideas to get you started if you’ve been feeling like it’s all getting too much lately.
See Something New
There is so much to see in the world, but don’t you dare think that there isn’t enough time to do it all. Even if you can’t go on a globetrotting backpacking adventure, there are still thousands of ways for you to see and do something that you’ve never done before.
They don’t say variety is the spice of life for no reason, and you need this variety to get away from thinking about work and bills, even if it’s just for a day or two. Think about something that excites you, and look for ways to do it in your local area.
Alternatively, why not try going a little bigger? It’s your life, after all. If you have the chance to experience something on the other side of the world, then why not do it. Sure, it may not be going anywhere, but the opportunity for you to see it may pass sooner than you think. As long as you’re not abandoning any essential responsibilities, there’s no reason not to treat yourself to a brand new experience that you’ve always wanted to try.
Experience Another Reality
Let’s face it; reality can be boring. It’s mostly the same thing day in and day out, week after week. But instead of just accepting this reality as something inescapable and inevitable, there are plenty of options to choose from to treat yourself to a slice of something different.
Getting lost in a great book, whether your preferred genre is fantasy, sci-fi, apocalyptic romance, or literary fiction to give your brain a workout, there are plenty of worlds and realities to explore at the touch of your fingertip. If you’re not much of a reader, dropping yourself into an epic film or TV series never goes amiss.
You can also consider the escape benefits of video games. The next-gen consoles offer a host of fantastic stories that are as immersive as they are entertaining. Likewise, the best VR games go a step further and throw you into another realm where you can choose from light entertainment to spooky and all-too-real horror scenarios that get your heart threatening to burst from your chest with every creaking door and echoing but unseen footstep.
Rediscover What You Love
While travel and entertainment are always certified winners for treating yourself for most, they are sometimes not enough for everybody. In these cases, you might want to take a step back from what the future has to offer and instead consider your past.
With so much going on seemingly from the time you left school to right here, right now, you’ve likely lost track of the hobbies you used to embrace readily every evening. These hobbies could be writing, running, painting, or clubs you joined and then needed to resign from when life got in the way.
And you likely miss it more than you realise. They allowed you an escape from the serious part of life to help you blow off steam and get loose. If you’re stuck on how to treat yourself in a way that doesn’t involve travel or sitting for hours playing video games, then these old hobbies could be the answer. Hopefully, you’ll remember enough about them that you can throw yourself right back in and get into it without missing a beat.
Catch Your White Whale
No matter who you are, there is always something that you want. This is something that you may catch yourself absently searching for whenever shopping online or even in a store, and even if you have no intention of buying it then and there, you’re still curious.
While material things shouldn’t be the key to happiness, they can help give you a quick boost and could be the final piece of the happiness puzzle you’ve been looking for. When thinking about treating yourself – if it is available and you can afford it – your White Whale could be the answer.
You certainly shouldn’t purchase it if it’s going to throw your finances into disarray, and you should be aware it could look like a mid-life crisis that’s arrived a little before schedule. However, if you think it will make you happy, don’t you think it’s time to treat yourself to it?
Take A Break
Sometimes you don’t need to spend money to treat yourself. Sometimes, all you need to do is ki9ck back, relax, and think about what it means to be you.
We’ve been convinced that you always have to be doing something to be considered living life. But doing things for the sake of doing them won’t help anybody. Often, you end up spending more money than you wanted, and you won’t even remember it in a week.
Take a while to hang out with those you love. Have your buddies round for a games night. Spend some time with your partner. Take your kids to the park. Do anything that slows down life to help you enjoy it again. You may need a daylong break; you may need a little longer. However long it takes, though, you can be sure to come out of it feeling much better than when you went in.
Thinking of Number One
Everyone needs some time to recharge after dedicating all of their energy to making sure other people are happy and healthy. There’s nothing selfish about a little self-care here and there, and it can prove highly beneficial for whoever does it, while also impacting the effect they have on others around them, too. You’ve got to find a balance between looking after yourself and other people, whether that’s family, friends or strangers, and once you find that balance, everyone will be better off.