Life is no fun, just working all the time. Every so often we need to reward ourselves and play a little. For people like me who subscribe to the school of perpetual hard work and discipline, a little pampering, even the occasional indulgence, is healthy, and little can go a long way.
So after weeks of intense work and studying for my TCM finals, my boyfriend and I decided to get away from LA. Our reward was a weekend in Santa Barbara’s Wine Country. We hopped from vineyards to wine bars, sipping artfully crafted wines under the oak trees of the beautiful rolling hills…
It was relaxing, delicious, sensual and blissful. Life is good, and fresh again!
So how can you reward yourself without breaking the bank? I have been pretty frugal these days, but the point of rewarding yourself is to do something nice that you wouldn’t normally do. So you need to get creative!
Here are the 10 ideas I came up with:
1. Get a nice bottle of wine.
Make some yummy snacks and have a picnic with your loved one – a romantic getaway someplace marvelous. Or you can opt for a social theme with a group of your favorite peeps.
2. Go on a shopping spree with reward points.
Today I cashed in my Amex rewards points for a shopping spree at the Saks Fifth Ave. Do I normally shop there? No. Do I know what I’m going to get? No. All I know is that I’ll have fun shopping there, and I’ll get myself something nice!
3. Get a massage or a yummy body scrub.
At a local spa or DIY at home, pampering yourself with aromatic candles, bath salts, sugar scrubs, essential oils and rose peddles. Make it an extravagant and sensual experience.
4. Dine at your favorite restaurant.
Order anything you like without looking at the price tag.
5. Sign up for a cooking class
or something else just because it interests you, inspires you or intrigues you.
6. Get a makeover
at your favorite cosmetic counter. Many brands offer free makeovers by their makeup artists. It’s fun and you’ll look different, but fabulous nevertheless!
7. Get away for a weekend. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, just drive to some place nearby, where you’ve never been before. Explore and discover.
8. Go on a retreat.
When I was single, my favorite reward was to join a meditation or yoga retreat. It always helped me renew and reconnect with what was important for me in my life.
9. Plant some flowers.
It’s springtime! Plant some gorgeous flowers or delicious herbs. Let them nourish you with their beautiful energy.
10. Buy yourself something beautiful,
whether it’s a piece of jewelry, a scarf, or a handcrafted ceramic bowl, even something simple like a bouquet of fragrant flowers like stargazer lilies that will fill your world with beautiful aromas. Let it remind you how wonderful and precious you are, and life is.
So what do you think? What are some other ideas you have?