Why It’s a Good Idea To Treat Yourself Every Once In a While

So you’ve been working hard on that goal, and you’ve finally reached a milestone. It’s taken a lot of work, some lifestyle changes, and a little bit of self-doubt, but you can see that you’re finally making strides in achieving the life you want to live. “I deserve a treat,” you think to yourself, only to be consumed by guilt.

Whatever your goals are, from sticking to a budget to cutting down on junk food, it’s not worth feeling guilty about treating yourself. In fact, providing yourself with a reward can have positive effects on whatever progress you’re trying to make, among these other great benefits.

One Break Won’t Hurt You

This is why a lot of people worry about treating themselves. They believe that a reward may send them down the path of laziness, back to square one. But, as long as you exercise discipline, there’s little chance of this happening. You’ve done well so far and you know how to stick to your good habits, so one break isn’t going to make you “fall off the wagon,” so to speak. Just realize that a reward should be a once-in-a-while thing, and if you can sell yourself on that idea, you’ll be fine.

A Reward Will Incentivize You

It feels good to reach milestones in your goals. All the work you’ve put in has proven to be worth it, and it makes you feel successful. While that’s all well and good, it certainly doesn’t hurt to have a little extra motivation to drive you forward as you work through your objectives. Will you work harder when the light at the end of the tunnel is a little bit brighter? Probably.

It’s Good for Your Mental Health

We’re all guilty of sometimes being too hard on ourselves. Treating yourself is a way of recognizing your efforts and taking a moment to put the spotlight on all of the positive effort you’ve put into achieving your dreams. Think of it as a kind of “employee of the month” award for yourself. Being supportive of yourself and being your own number-one fan can only help you to reach greater heights. A positive mindset does wonders for your self-esteem.

Life Is Short

You hear it all the time – “life is too short, so enjoy it while you can.” And while that may be a cliche, there is a kernel of truth to it. Do you really want to spend your life grueling away without giving yourself the things that make you happy? Yes, there is a time and place for discipline, but there should also be a time and place for doing what makes you happy. When you look back on your life, are you more likely to say, “I wish I’d worked harder,” or, “I wish I’d enjoyed myself more”?

No matter how you decide to treat yourself, whether it’s that shiny new TV you’ve been saving up for or a sugary snack from your favorite donut shop, only you can decide if you deserve it. It’s important to set solid goals for yourself so you know when it’s time to reward yourself and when it’s time to kick it back into high gear. Just try not to stay in high gear for too long, and take a breather every now and then. It’ll make you happier, healthier, and more likely to continue your good work.

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