Thursday, February 18, 2016

5 Easy Ways To Treat Yourself Better

It's my goal in 2016 to actually be kind to myself, which may sound ridiculous, but keep in mind that everyone is their worst critics. We’re the ones who hear our voices 24/7 and have to live in our own bodies. Naturally, we tend to criticize ourselves because it is easy to pick yourself apart when you’re feeling down on yourself. I want to put a stop to this in 2016, though, and maybe we can do it together. 
Here are five easy tips I’ve been following in 2016 so far and I’ve already seen a marked improvement in my mood and self-confidence. Hopefully we can learn to be kinder to ourselves together.

1. Give Yourself At Least One Day Off Each Week

Do you remember the good old days where you only had to work 5 days a week? Lol, me neither. Millennials live in another universe where normal work hours don’t exist. We burn the candles at both ends, hoping that working late into the night and on weekends will finally get us to the place we want to be in our life. And while this is all well and fine, you need to give yourself a break. Take one day a week to just literally do nothing but sit on the couch, or go hiking. Whatever it is that you truly enjoy doing, carve out one day a week to do it without excuses.

2. Stop Comparing Yourself To Others

Comparison is the thief of joy, so don’t do it! Every time you find the urge to compare yourself to the hot girl in your office with the perfect hair or the guy in the gym with a ridiculously nice body, fight it. You’re completely and beautifully unique and the more you remind yourself of this the happier you’ll be.

3. Sleep That Extra Hour

Because we’re all striving to be the best people we can be, we rarely allow ourselves to be fully rested. We greet the day and hit the ground running, even on the weekends! We need to allow our bodies enough rest so we can be at our mental peak and feel physically well. 
The easiest way to treat yourself is to allow yourself that extra hour of sleep when you can. I’m not suggesting being late for work in order to do this, but its okay to sleep until 10am every weekend if your body feels like it. We punish our bodies for the sake of success but we forget that sometimes it is better to listen to your body and feel well-rested.

4. Compliment Yourself Every Morning

This is probably one of the most difficult things you’ll have to do, but it also has the biggest pay-off. 
By looking in the mirror each morning and vocally saying one thing you like about your appearance, you’re reminding yourself that you’re gorgeous and that you are enough. Maybe it is that your hair looks really awesome that day. Maybe your outfit perfectly matches. 
Whatever the compliment may be, it is important to remind yourself that you’re beautifully you and no one will ever look just the way you do, so embrace it!

5. Take Yourself Out On Date-Night

Screw Tinder and screw going Dutch. Treat Yo’ Self. Once every two weeks take yourself out. 
Go out to dinner. Order a drink. Order desserts. Heck, order two desserts. Bring a magazine or a book with you if you feel self-conscious about eating in a restaurant alone. Or, order in seamless and do a face mask and watch Netflix. 
Date night isn’t just for couples, and the sooner you realize this the happier you’ll be with pampering yourself. Because no boy/ girl is worth your money more than yourself.
BY SHAWN BINDER

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