We often refer to the treats we give ourselves as "guilty pleasures" This is all wrong - we shouldn't feel guilty about treats at all. Acts of self-care are as necessary to our well-being as drinking water, eating well and taking exercise. Doing things that make you happy is good for you. The trick is getting the proportion and frequency right. You probably should feel guilty about devouring a party size chocolate gateau in one sitting but indulging in a couple of squares of fabulous quality artisan chocolate shouldn't leave you with regrets. It's all about balance.
Ten Good Reasons to Treat Yourself
I make no apology (except maybe to my English teacher) that each sentence in this list begins with YOU. A well used quote is "If you don't love yourself, you cannot love others". That's from the Dalai Lama and we don't argue with him! The psychological and practical benefits of practising self-care and self-compassion are significant and have a huge impact on our day-to-day lives. You can be a better partner, parent, friend, colleague ... it all starts with being a "better you".
- You'll feel refreshed and energised
- You'll feel motivated
- You'll want to treat others
- You'll get to know yourself better
- You'll feel empowered and in control
- You'll be more able to focus on what's important to you
- You'll learn the true value of things
- You'll learn how to save and spend
- You'll remember the good stuff
- You'll recognise how much you are worth