As society constantly strive to seek the approval and admiration of others, we rarely take the time to admire and appreciate ourselves.
There’s no denying that we live in a fast-paced society where the idea of treating ourselves may be the very last thing on our minds. However, it’s crucial for the sake of mental health that we start re-thinking the way that we treat self-compassion.
For starters, the benefits of treating yourself are well-documented, including:
- Enhancing your happiness and increasing your self-worth
- Decreasing your likelihood of suffering from depression and anxiety
- Encouraging productive and positive behavior in our day-to-day lives
Don’t think of your purchases and hobbies as indulgences, but rather opportunities to live life to the fullest and enjoy the “small stuff.”
But how can you go about treating yourself? What are some steps you can take to embrace the idea of self-compassion?
Rethink Your Room
When it comes to treating yourself, there’s perhaps no more important place than the comfort of your own home. After all, your personal space represents an area of reflection and should be somewhere that fosters a sense of happiness.
If this doesn’t sound like your living space, it’s likely time for a change.
Whether that means new pieces of elegant bedroom furniture or some small pieces of decor to bring happiness back into your bedroom is totally up to you. However, if something feels off about your sleeping space, don’t ignore it. Instead, be proactive and make the necessary changes to redo your room into something that makes you comfortable.
Take the Time to Enrich Yourself
Your hobbies should provide you a sense of fulfillment, not a sense of disparity of loneliness. Regardless of if you’re interested in fitness, reading or cooking, make sure that your hobbies foster your happiness and you aren’t just going through the motions with your day-to-day routine.
Hate spending time at the gym? Try working out at home.
Sick of the same old recipes? Try cooking some off-the-wall cuisine.
If you feel that you’re stuck in a rut and simply aren’t growing as a person, perhaps it’s time to hit the reset button on your hobbies and try something new.
Try to See More of the World
Travel is a surefire way to both give yourself a treat and something fresh to look forward to. Seeing more of the world provides you with a sense of perspective that’s both eye-opening and personally enjoyable. Likewise, there’s nothing like a vacation to take your mind off of the small stresses of life at large.
Relinquish Some Responsibilities
If you feel overworked and under-appreciated, either at the office or at home, you should strive to let someone else know about your plight. Don’t feel the need to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders and instead relinquish some responsibilities to others who can assist you. Oftentimes others in our lives have no idea what you’re going through; therefore, communication is key to making yourself feel less stressed for the long-term.
Treating yourself should be a guilt-free experience that focuses on making you feel better in all aspects of your life. Don’t be afraid to spend the time, money and energy on self-compassion for the sake of your health: you’ll thank yourself later that you did.