Quite often I feel the need to do something for myself.
I’m sure you’ve had those times when you’re tired, burned out, just need to slow down a bit.
It usually hits me on Friday.
I’m good to push through the rest of the week, but by Thursday afternoon-Friday, I’m needing a pick-me-up.
RE-THINK YOUR REWARD SYSTEM
I started thinking, why do I always reward myself with food or a soda?
I’m especially feeling crappy about the food part.
I find myself pulling through a drive thru that in the end makes me feel crappier than before I started.
NO MORE my friends! There has to be other ways that I can show myself a little love. Some acknowledgement that I’ve worked hard and need a little break.
Ideally, I should be doing this daily, meaning, taking short breaks every day that give me a little UMPH.
A little rest.
A little rejuvenating power.
Ideally doesn’t happen much, but it’s something to work towards, right?
MAKING A LIST IS ALWAYS THE ANSWER
When I sat down to journal recently, I asked myself this question:
“What can I do besides get something to eat or drink that will be a treat for me? What can I DO that gets me away from what I do all day every day, and allows me to recharge?”
Here’s the list that I came up with.
- Read a book from my pile
- Watch a YouTube video that has nothing to do with work
- Sit in my chair with my feet up and think
- Sit outside in the shade
- Watch an episode of “Gilmore Girls”
- Go for a hike
- Go for a walk
- Take a bath
- Do a facial mask
- Go through some old scrapbook albums
- Look through my patterns and dream about making something
- Take pictures of beautiful things outside
- Take pictures of objects in my house. Take it at an unusual angle.
- Call a friend
- Look through my Calvin and Hobbs books
- Go to the library
- Look at office supplies
- Browse an art store
- Find a new fabric store
- Play with an art supply I haven’t used very much. Learn how it works.
- Make cards
- Go for a drive
- Watch/Listen to a musical or soundtrack
- Listen to a podcast
- Listen to a General Conference talk
I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make my list. The ideas kept coming and very few cost anything.
I’m on a mission to change a bad habit. I’m not saying I won’t go out to eat any more, but…
I’m not going to use it as a reward.
If I am being honest with myself, how can eating food that’s bad for me be a reward? It’s actually more of a punishment for my body.
I DON’T WANT TO DO THAT ANYMORE!
I’m putting my list in my Travelers Notebook so I can access it easily wherever I find myself needing a little pick me up.
Come visit me in my shop to design a TN to house YOUR list!
I’d love to hear what’s on your list. I could always use more ideas for mine.