“One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.”Psalm 27:4
I know the feeling.
You just accomplished a big goal, met a personal milestone, or did really well on an assignment or project!
You want to treat yourself as a reward for this Big Thing, but money is pretty tight for you and you don’t want to add spending guilt to your emotional workload right now.
Still, you want to acknowledge this Big Thing and commemorate it with some kind of reward. And if you want to and feel that you deserve it, go for it! But it is sometimes hard to know what to treat yourself to when money is tight and you are trying to be conscious of that. Here are 5 ideas of things you can do to treat yourself that are relatively inexpensive and budget-friendly.
- Buy yourself some colorful pens or highlighters
When you are constantly writing, typing, taking notes, and reviewing documents, new colored pens or bright highlighters can be a refreshing way to add some color and your creative flair to your notes, homework, or whatever else. While a set of new pens can seem insignificant, the right pen has sometimes inspired and motivated me to write the best notes, stories, and blog posts that I have ever come up with.
Plus, having something pretty and artsy might bring out your creative side in an unexpected way, especially if you have been neglecting your “fun side” to meet a specific deadline or due date. So do not let your creativity and random ideas die! Write, draw, or shout them out! And for my ADHD people, isn’t it so much more fun to do assignments and tasks when you can add your colors and personality to it?
- Buy a scented lotion or perfume
You do not always have to treat your eyes as a reward; sometimes, you can treat your nose! Do you have a scented lotion that you have heard great things about and are dying to try? Or has your favorite perfume brand released a new scent? Either way, this is an excellent way to pamper yourself and brighten up your week with something new and refreshing. Of course, I would recommend buying a scented lotion more often than purchasing perfume, as those tend to be on the pricier side and tend to last a while.
Do not sweat getting the right scent – exploration is part of the fun of this treat, and you might find yourself enjoying a smell you never thought you would like. And if you do not like it, that is okay! Just re-gift it to a friend or family member (in a completely sanitary way, of course) and try a different one next time. Sometimes giving someone a gift can be a treat for you just as much as the person you are giving it to.
- Go get yourself a manicure or pedicure
I have had the urge to get a manicure or pedicure as a reward for myself too often and just didn’t, mostly because I am always picking at my nails (thank you, ADHD) or feel like the nails never last as long as I thought they would. The last couple of times I have gotten a manicure, though, I felt my self-confidence rise by at least a few points. Call me crazy, but I always feel like a bombshell or movie star when I have gorgeous, vibrant fingernails, and I want to match that energy with the rest of my outfit, motivating me to dress up.
This is also a good idea for those trying to cut back on your nervous habits, like picking at your nails or lip, as I do. You will be more hesitant to engage in these habits because you will be worried about messing up your manicure that you paid good money for. It helps you consciously break a bad habit and boost confidence at the same time.
- Buy fuzzy socks, a blanket, or cozy sweater
Not only can you treat yourself visually and through smell, but you can also treat yourself through pleasant textures. So I don’t know about y’all, but I am breaking out the fuzzy socks, knitted sweaters, and layered blankets whenever the temperature drops even a little bit. It does not even have to be that cold outside, and I will still go for the cozy stuff.
If you are like me in this aspect, you will probably like this idea for treating yourself. Fuzzy socks and sweaters can sometimes be just the refreshing change in texture that you are subconsciously craving, especially if you are like me and live somewhere where the AC is constantly being pumped in full force because it is hotter than the inside of a BBQ pit outside. Plus, who does not look super cute in a pair of fuzzy socks, a sweater, or wrapped up in a blanket?
- Buy a cup of coffee or tea from your favorite café
This is one of the more common and familiar ways to treat yourself, but that does not make it less fun or special. Sometimes you go to a place not just for the food or drinks, but for the vibes. For example, I enjoy going to Panera, the food is delicious, but I have never been to the drive-through or known anyone to go through the drive-through there. Do you know why? Because dining in is part of the experience. The atmosphere, music, and artwork all make the experience feel more complete.
It can be that way at your favorite coffee place or café as well. So treat yourself by not just getting a drink but staying awhile. Bring your computer or a book to read and enjoy the ambiance of the location. You don’t even have to wear earbuds since we all know that most coffee shop music is spectacular (that jazz music is so soothing), and the background chatter is pleasant to hear after being stuck inside so long during the COVID-19 lockdowns of the past two years. And who knows? You might be able to start a conversation with someone new!
I hope you enjoyed this post, I know it is a bit different from my usual content but I wanted to give it a try, anyway. Feel free to let me know which was your favorite idea on the list in the comments! Any feedback is appreciated, honestly.
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