Whether you completed a marathon or were successful giving a public speaking presentation at work you deserve a pat on the back, and more, for your efforts. It’s important to be proud of yourself and recognize your hard work when you go above and beyond.
You don’t always need to turn to others for their approval and admiration. Start looking in the mirror and realize that your recognition is enough. The point isn’t to go out drinking or wrecking havoc on your city or town. You should find healthy ways to reward yourself that bring you joy and add value to your life.
Go to the Spa
At the spa, there are so many different ways to reward yourself and instantly feel rejuvenated. Get a massage or schedule a manicure and pedicure if you’re in need of some pampering. Book a few appointments and make a day of it, so you’re completely removed from your responsibilities for an extended period of time. When you’re there turn your phone off and be in the moment so you can completely unwind and truly enjoy the experience.
Shop for New Clothes
This is a good time to go out shopping and not feel guilty about purchasing a few new items for your wardrobe. Look out for some key pieces that will really add to your wardrobe; maybe that piece of clothing you have had on your mind for a while but were unsure about. An investment item, such as a pair of boots, might be for you. Splurge for your job well done and buy jeans, or maybe a statement pair of stylish cowboy boots. Before you commit to the boots, learn more about why they’re so popular and reasons you need a pair in your life. This is also a good time to stock up on workout clothes, so you’re motivated to hit the gym again after you’ve rested up from your big event.
Exercise & Release any Tension
It’s time to start thinking of exercise as a reward, instead of a punishment. Working out is a healthy way to release any tension or stress you’ve been harboring from preparing for your recent achievement. Hit the gym, go for a run or begin practicing yoga and see how enjoyable it feels to challenge your mind and body with these activities. Your mood will lift, your clothes will fit better, and you won’t feel as tired throughout the day.
Treat yourself to A Nutritious Meal
It’s natural to think of junk food as a reward, but stop yourself before you go eating those sweets and come up with other ways to treat yourself that are healthier. For example, cook a nutritious meal out of your favorite cookbook or order in one of the healthier items from a restaurant you’ve been dying to try. If you want a refreshing reward, another idea is to go get a smoothie that only has natural ingredients or to stop for frozen yogurt. Rethink how you’re viewing food and if your mind is automatically going to unhealthy options as an incentive to work hard. You may find healthier choices to be more fulfilling and like the fact that they’re guilt-free.
Process your Accomplishment
It’s a smart idea to process good and bad events that happen in your life. Both will stir up a lot of new emotions and feelings for you that are worth exploring further. Sit back for a while in silence and process on your accomplishment. Think through what went well and areas you could improve upon next time. While it’s healthy to be proud of yourself, you also don’t want to grow a big ego and act in ways that are unappealing to others and put you in a poor light. Meditation may also keep you levelheaded and in tune with who you truly are.
Tackle New Experiences & Adventures
After one adrenaline rush is completed, you may be up for another. One way to satisfy your urge for more excitement is to embark on a new adventure or find experiences outside of your comfort zone to attempt. For example, go hiking on more rigorous trails or try learning how to surf. The point is to keep challenging yourself and seeing what other talents you might be holding onto. Have fun with it and try not to let your competitive side take over and ruin the thrill that comes with learning a new skill.
Take A Trip
A healthy way to reward yourself for a job well done is to escape for a few days on a trip. You have so many options when it comes to getting away, so take a look at how much time you can get off work and your budget to help you decide what to do. You can go camping, have a staycation or fly away to the beach for a couple of days. Pack up your belongings and depart with an open mind free of any stress or worry. Either go by yourself to get some alone time or ask a few friends or family members to join you if you’re feeling social.
Relax at Home & Get A Good Night’s Sleep
Nothing is more rewarding than resting and getting sleep. Plan to stay in over the weekend after your big success and watch your favorite movies and relax. Unwind and decompress what just happened in the comfort of your own home. Take it easy, so you’re prepared to tackle the week ahead with new energy. Get to bed early each night, and you’ll thank yourself when you wake up feeling like a new person. Preparing for a big event can take a lot out of you, and you may not even notice how tired you are until you give yourself a chance to kick back and put your feet up.
Your first instinct may be to want to go out and party after a job well done, but stop and rethink if that’s what will truly make you feel good. Instead, use this list to give you other healthy alternatives to consider as you think about how to reward yourself for your achievements. It’s important to take care of yourself, so you can continue to shine and perform to the best of your ability.