5 Ways to Treat Yourself that are Actually Healthy
Treating yourself is important yo.
We often forget to treat ourselves, or when we do, we do it in unhealthy ways. But it is possible to combine the two! Below are 5 ideas that I incorporate into my life regularly, and have found them to be beneficial. These are things that I look forward too are excited about. Hopefully you can too!
Get a Massage!
Getting a massage is one thing that I absolutely love to do, and I believe it has been good for my health, both mental and physical. The good thing about massages is that there are a variety of different kinds, each to suit people’s needs accordingly. I usually get a deep tissue massage to try to work out any knots in my back, but I have also tried gentle/therapeutic massage, foot reflexology, hot stone massage, and Thai massage.
Dark chocolate is delicious AND has health benefits. So yes, you can have your cake and eat it too. Dark chocolate has a higher cocoa content then regular milk chocolate, which makes it less sweet because there is usually less sugar added. The health benefits are also even recognized by the WebMD. Specifically, they say that it can lower blood pressure, and has lots of antioxidants! However they also mention that milk chocolate, and dark chocolate eaten with milk will lose the potent antioxidant benefits because milk inhibits the ability for the body to absorb them. So munch on that dark chocolate on its own!
Use your Vacation/Personal Days
I have always wondered by people don’t use their full vacation days or personal days. I understand if you are saving up for a specific trip, for instance, I saved to make sure I had enough to cover my Iceland trip in 2016. But there are people who just never use their vacation, and this I don’t think is healthy. Even if you are just using that time at home, it is still worth it. It is worth it to you and your coworkers to take some time to yourself. There are situations where you can get burnt out and become less effective at your job. Vacation days are meant to alleviate this.
Check out my post on Reducing Stress!
Take a Steam Shower/ Visit a Sauna/ Hot Yoga
Steam showers are amazing. But also visiting a sauna or doing a hot yoga class can leave you feeling great afterwards as well. Some cities have places where you can just book a sauna session, or this could be connected to an existing gym. Where I go to the gym does not have sauna’s as an option, so I try to go to regular hot yoga classes. While you are required to put in more work (it would be so nice to just sit in a hot sauna), I think the benefits end up being the same. Getting a good sweat on always feels good, and with it being yoga you can still count it as a workout!
Buy yourself flowers or indoor plants
Having a plant in your home or office will supposedly help lower your levels of stress and reduce anxiety. I personally love plants, and so it was not hard for me to go to the greenhouse to pick up a bunch when we moved into our new place. If you don’t know what to keep alive, Pinterest is a good place to get ideas for easy-care indoor plants. We have a ton of aloe vera, other succulents, a Swiss cheese plant, and some white lilies. All of these plants have been easy to care for, and this is coming from someone who doesn’t’ have the best green thumb. (Although one day I hope to be good at it!)
I hope you find these helpful, I know I have and will continue to do them. What do you do to treat yourself?