How to Treat Yourself (Without Food)
As you work towards your goals, it can be very helpful to reward yourself with small prizes along the way to keep you motivated. However, sometimes it can be hard to come up with rewards because so many of us are used to treating ourselves with snacks. If you’re working towards specific health and fitness goals, food rewards can only only delay your goals and you’ll end up feeling regretful rather than motivated. Instead, here are some ideas for rewards that aren’t food and won’t break the bank:
● Take a nap. Realistically, this isn’t always possible, but maybe you could find a way to pamper yourself in your sleep space like changing the pillowcase for that delicious new-sheet-feel or spraying your pillow with lavender.
● Get a massage. This can be a pricey option, so if you’re looking for something less expensive, contact the local massage school. They’re always looking for guinea pigs and you can get a good massage on the cheap, or, at some places, even free!
● Visit the local pound. If you love animals, consider stopping by the local animal shelter. Many shelters are always looking for volunteers to exercise the animals and you can play with some puppies without having to worry about one of them peeing on your floor.
● Give yourself a night off. Schedule a night that’s just for you! Set yourself up with all of your favorite guilty pleasure movies and curl up in your pajamas with a cozy blanket. Or, if you’d prefer, re-read your favorite book with a warm cup of tea by your side. Whichever activity you choose, the most important thing is to give yourself permission to relax and unwind.
● Visit an art museum. Lots of museums do discounted or free days so get online and find out what’s near you. Another option, if your town hosts an event like this, is to cruise around a a local art walk.
● Use your gym’s non-athletic amenities. If you belong to a gym, take advantage of non-athletic amenities like a hot tub or sauna.
● Take a cooking class. There are tons of great options ranging from local restaurants, to online Masterclasses with celebrity chefs, to free YouTube tutorials. Figure out which price point is most comfortable for you and go from there! This might sound like you’re rewarding yourself with food, but you can choose to learn to cook something healthy rather than a decadent dessert that is definitely not part of your meal plan. Or, if you want to avoid food altogether, just find a class or tutorial for another skill you’d like to learn! Knitting, scrapbooking, woodworking, underwater basket weaving, whatever you’re into, someone is out there teaching it!
● Take a hot bath. If you’ve been pushing yourself in your workouts, your muscles will appreciate the pampering. Pour in the epsom salt, load up on your favorite bubble bath, and relax with your favorite book or your favorite music on the stereo.
You work hard and it’s important to reward your progress while you pursue your goals. What sort of ways do you like to reward yourself? Let us know in the comments!