Because you work hard, shuttle the kids around town and tidy the house, you deserve a break. Deciding to treat yourself without breaking your budget reduces stress and gives you a better outlook on life. Here are nine ways to indulge in some affordable “me therapy.”
- Drink something delicious. Do you prefer a sweet coffee drink with whipped cream, a cup of chamomile or a simple glass of wine? Regardless of which drink you choose, the key is to set aside time when you can focus on enjoying this drink, not just gulping it down between bites of overcooked meat. Focus on the flavors and texture. If you want more, rinse and repeat. This cheap treat won’t set you back too far when you go for seconds.
- Watch something funny. Hilarious videos are as close as your computer. Find old episodes of sitcoms, even obscure ones, and take in some mindless entertainment.
- Give yourself a pedicure. Dig out that scented lotion, light a candle and give your toes some love. Choose a cheap polish from the drug store in a color you normally wouldn’t wear. You’ll smile every time you look at those sparkling lime green toes.
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- Read something that’s longer than a tweet. Find a comfy spot where you can browse a catalog, read a magazine article, or (gasp!) make some headway on the neglected novel that’s been on your nightstand.
- Set up your ReachCard and indulge in retail therapy. Block off some time after the bedtime stories for quality online browsing with your ReachCard in hand. Then, securely pay for that cute sweater that’s priced 80 percent below retail. Knowing you’re paying with money from your paycheck rather than with credit will make your treat even sweeter.
- Catch up with a friend. You know you’ve been meaning to call, so actually do it. Chatting with someone who can offer a sympathetic ear can be nearly as good as therapy and way cheaper.
- Get moving. Whether you hit the gym or pavement, physical exertion gets the blood pumping and feel-good endorphins flowing. As an added benefit, your body burns calories after your workout. Feel the stress (and pounds) melt away.
- Start a “therapy book.” You’ll need a notebook, tape and scissors. Go through old magazines, postcards and brochures and clip out words and pictures that capture how you want your life to be. The clippings can be whimsical, funny, inspiring or thought-provoking. Then, attach them to the pages of your notebook. This is a low hassle, low cost way to create a book that reflects your dreams, musings and aspirations.
- Soak in the tub. When was the last time you did anything other than take a hasty shower? Sprinkle in some bath salts and indulge in the warmth of a bath. It’ll feel luxurious.
Treating yourself doesn’t have to cost a lot, so set aside time for some pampering every now and then. You deserve it!