Does Your Self-Love Routine Make You Feel Crappy? Write a list of things that make you feel good?

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.  


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? 


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
  • Crochet
  • Embroidery
  • Knit
  • Color
  • 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’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.

005. Does Your Self-Love Routine Make You Feel Crappy?
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2 thoughts on “005. Does Your Self-Love Routine Make You Feel Crappy?

  • August 30, 2019 at 8:40 am

    Your list is full f wonderful ideas to reward in ways not related to food! I didn’t see nails on there ? but I know you like to have them done, and I seldom do mine ( too many dishes to hand wash) but it would be a LOVELY reward on my list!

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    September 2, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    You are so right!!! Why didn’t I add getting my nails done? I LOVE doing that!! You should see the color on them right now. Fluorescent orange. Not exactly what I expected but I’ll take it for a few weeks. They scream summer!

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