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Quick Stress Buster: Do Something Indulgent Just For You

After a couple of quick stress busters that work well, but may not have been your favorite, I have something fun to share with you today. Do something indulgent just for yourself. It doesn’t matter how big or small, it just has to have meaning for you.

I’m sure you’ve experienced the stress busting power of doing something just for yourself in the past. Maybe it’s running a hot bath, or curling up with a new book. Maybe it’s going out and getting your hair and nails done, or heading out for an overnight fishing trip. Maybe it’s buying craft beer and an MMA pay per view. No matter what it was, it felt good to do something selfish and you felt more relaxed and less stressed during and after.

If you’re the type of person who has a hard time doing something for themselves and would rather do something nice for others, I need you to take today’s tip to heart. It will have a huge impact on your life, your relationships, and it will work like a charm as a stress buster for you.

If you don’t take care of yourself and do something selfish every once in a while, you’ll get more worn out and more stressed as time goes by. Because of that you’re not the best mother, father, friend, coworker, business partner etc. that you could be. When we’re stressed out, we aren’t thinking clearly. We aren’t as patient as we could be. We aren’t always were kind. It’s easy to snap at the slightest provocation and regret it later. Don’t get to that point. Take care of yourself first and make sure to treat yourself every once in a while. The people around you will benefit from it.

Your other worry may be financial. Some of these indulgences will cost money and you may be reluctant to spend it on yourself. There are two solutions to this problem. The first is to find things that cost nothing or very little. Carving out some “me-time” and spending that time on something you enjoy like a hobby doesn’t have to cost much or anything. Taking a hot bubble bath and listening to music doesn’t. Pick a few things that relax and distress you but don’t cost anything.

The second solution is to use spending money as a motivation to make more. Get a side hustle, work on your business, put in an hour or two of overtime, or find a few extra savings in your budget to make up for the money you’re spending on yourself. Whatever you decide to do, don’t feel guilty about treating yourself every once in a while.

If on the other hand you’re someone who has no problem treating themselves you may want to use this with caution. You want to treat yourself when you’re stressed and you’ve worked hard. Think of it as a treat that you have to earn first. Don’t use it as an excuse to go out shopping and max out those credit cards. That’s not the idea behind this quick stress buster.

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