Small ways to treat yourself

In my Weight Watchers meeting last week we talked about small ways to treat yourself. This could be when you reach your goal weight or a mini goal such as upping your excercise or drinking more water. Or simply because you deserve it!

Of course these were mostly non food related but it got me thinking of ways I could treat myself, because it’s completely OK to do so, and how this could be added to my own self care routine.

Firstly, what is ‘Wellness Works’?

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll know I’ve been a Weight Watchers member for some time and as a result, I’ve seen the plan go through many changes over the years. So when they announced things would be changing again, I was dubious. Another new plan? πŸ™„ Or at least that’s what I thought.

Fast forward three months later and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the revamp and the new ‘Wellness Works’ (WW) concept, where the focus has switched from not only weight loss, but to improve your wellbeing as well. Which explains the reason behind last week’s meeting talk. πŸ™‚

What I like about Wellness Works is its no longer about the number on the scales – although they do still offer weighing sessions, if you want to know how your weight is progressing – it’s about being healthier and feeling good about yourself.

Small ways to treat yourself

Needless to say I was greatly inspired by my Wellness Works meeting last week and, with that in mind, I’d like to share some ideas of small ways to treat yourself.

Buy yourself flowers

Who says you can’t buy yourself flowers? I think flowers can be a great way to cheer you up and make your living space look and feel brighter.

If you feel flowers are a waste of money because they die off fairly quickly, I hear you(!), which is why I favour indoor plants as a great alternative. πŸ™‚

Indulge in your favourite treat

Whether that’s a seriously decadent treat, like a bar of your favourite chocolate, or a coffee from your go-to coffee shop, pick yourself up something and savour it. Don’t rush to finish it and take your time to enjoy the moment.

If you’re looking to save money, you could even bake one of your favourite treats or cook a favourite meal.

Catch up with friends

Making time to catch up with friends can be so beneficial to feeling good. Whether that’s a night out together, catching the latest movie at the cinema, or chatting over Messenger; I always feel better for it.

Pamper yourself.

Whether that’s getting your hair or nails done or relaxing in the bath with a face mask. Do something nice for yourself that makes you feel good and gives you a little confidence boost at the same time.

Change your bed sheets

Of course this is something you should be doing on a regular basis anyway, but there’s nothing quiet like the feeling of fresh bedding when you go to bed. You could also treat yourself to a new duvet yet.

Buy that ‘wish list’ item.

You know the one, it’s been on your wish list for ages but you always find a reason (often a good reason) to put the money elsewhere. Which is something I’m guilty of doing often.

Maybe it’s a special dress? The latest Lush bath bomb (I’m after the dinosaur egg myself)? Or an eye shadow palette? Either way, treating yourself with a little purchase you’ve had your eye on for ages can be a great way to boost your mood.

Try something new

Sometimes having a break from your norm and trying something new can feel so good.

Book a trip somewhere new or sign up to a local class to try something you haven’t done before. It doesn’t have to feel scary or intimidating but if you are worried, take a friend with you.

Read or watch something

Relaxing with a good book or watching a great show or movie on TV can be a great way to relax and, if youre always on the go, the perfect way to treat yourself too.

Reading or watching something helps me recharge my batteries and get some much needed alone time.

Eat your favourite ice cream

Another indulgent treat! Pop down to your local ice cream shop or buy a tub of your favourite and enjoy.

My go-to is Ben & Jerry’s with almond milk.

Buy yourself a new item of clothing.

If you’re treating yourself for hitting a weight loss goal then new clothes, or at least a new accessory can be a great way to do so.

But if you are on a tight budget, try visiting charity shops or hold a clothes-swapping event with friends.

Pay yourself

At my WW meeting there’s a lady who pops a Β£1 coin in a jar for every pound (lb) she looses. Then she buys a new item of clothing when the jar is full. Which I think is a great idea. 😊

Of course it doesn’t have to be treat for weight loss goal! Perhaps a Β£1 for inches lost or a Β£1 for each day you’ve given up a habit (such as smoking).

Take a nap

It’s well known that many of us aren’t getting enough sleep and a quick 20 – 30 minute nap has been found to boost your mood, alertness and performance. Although I wouldn’t recommend trying this at work and having to explain to your boss lol.

To make it a little more indulgent spritz a bit of lavender on your pillow, a scent which is known to aid sleep.

Visit an animal shelter or pet store

Who doesn’t love seeing and cuddling animals? I enjoy seeing they’re happy smiling faces looking up at me and, if you have the space / time / money, why not adopt or buy one? Then you get to enjoy those cuddles even more. 😊🐢🐰🐹

Go on a staycation

A staycation is when you take a vacation by exploring where you live. Whether that’s your home town or city or another area in your own country.

It can be a great way to get some much needed time away, while saving money on airfare or other means of transportation.

Looking for some staycation ideas? Check out my staycation series here.

How do you treat yourself? Let me know in the comments. 😊

52 thoughts on “Small ways to treat yourself

  1. I enjoy your self-care related posts, and reading your ideas as you clearly put some thought into them. An activity related treat can be mood boosting for me personally. I hadn’t bought myself a new DVD in ages so a couple of weeks ago I bought a DVD series which has been great to watch while having some down-time. Trying something new can be a lot of fun also, this week my family and I visited an interesting exhibition and had a sit in their cafΓ© for a scone and cuppa. Staycations are my favourite, as it can be fun to find hidden gems! πŸ™‚ xx

    Helen | Helen’s Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

    • An activity treat is a great idea Helen. Some times just relaxing with a new film or TV show can wonders for your mood. I haven’t bought a new DVD in ages, so that’s something I could try. I love that you and your family explore new cafes together. xx

  2. Those are all beautiful and healthy was to treat yourself both physically and mentally! Thanks so much for sharing !! πŸ’›

  3. These are perfect, I love treating myself to some flowers,who says you cant get them for yourself Haha. Getting new clothes always cheers me up, treating myself is few and far between so it’s a nice pick me up for sure. I personally love to treat myself to something like a massage or a full pamper night to unwind with some hula hoops (beef ones haha) it’s the little things we do for ourselves that can make all the difference.

    Jordanne || thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

    • I love Hula Hoops! 😍 So a pamper session or massage with a packet of Hula Hoops sounds great to me. Thanks for your comment lovely. x

  4. Hey, I’ve just started WW a few weeks ago myself and I have to say I’m enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would πŸ˜ƒ although I have quickly realised that the reason I’ve ended up at WW is due to too much treating myself at weekends πŸ™Š I’m a sucker for nice underwear and have promised myself some when I get to my goal weight. Although if you have any recommendations for WW cake recipes I would love to know about them πŸ˜‹

    • Hey. Thanks for your comment. It’s great to hear from another WW member, how is your journey going so far? My down fall was always portion sizes rather than what I was eating. I have a few old ‘pro points’ cake recipes that I need to update to ‘Flex’!

  5. Yes to line-dried bedding and fresh flowers! They always make me feel instantly happy and pampered. I absolutely love your tip of paying yourself too, Kim, I think that’s a great idea. We have a jar that we throw all our coppers and small silver change into and it’s surprising how much that adds up to over the course of a few months. Enough for a few hot chocolates and brownies at least. Obviously more on the Wellness focus than the WeightWatchers but hey, priorities! Fab tips, thank you for sharing πŸ™‚ Lisa x

  6. This suggestions are so good. I do a few know but the changing of my sheets now is a chore in my mind has morphed into a total way to spoil myself 🌸

    • Thanks for your comment Sharon. I know what you mean about changing the sheets being a chore! I’m terrible at changing the duvet cover lol, but there’s something so comforting, I think, about getting into a freshly made bed.

  7. These a great things to do to treat yourself! I love buying myself flowers, and when they’re in the house it just makes the place look so much better and colourful, I love it, and it makes me feel happy seeing them! Also yess to changing bed sheets, I think I’m going to do that today!!

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

    • Thanks for your comment Chloe. I love that you already buy yourself flowers. 😊🌺 There’s just something about fresh sheets!

  8. I loved reading this! The new plan actually sounds like a really good lifestyle idea. I’ve seen a few what I eat in a day (ww plan) videos and thought that just stood for weight watchers. I really like the Β£1 in a jar idea. Small treats like your favourite coffee sounds great too x

    Sophie

    • Thanks Soph. It used to stand for Weight Watchers until the plan switched to focus more on wellness. I think it’s a great step in the right direction for them. xx

    • Thanks for your comment Yaya. I remember the 1st time I tried kareoke! I was so nervous but it went well and I do it once a month now.

  9. I’m a sucker for treating myself. I only have to wake up in the morning and i treat myselfπŸ˜‚.
    I do some of the things you have said above. I have never bought myself flowers though and i think i shall be giving that a try. Brilliant post. Thanks

    • Thanks for your comment Pat. πŸ™‚ It’s good that you treat yourself often as I think generally we are all a little too hard on ourselves.

  10. I love these ways to treat yourself! It is great that you are going through the program for a healthier lifestyle. Oooh, I like the idea of buying the wishlist item. It’s a double win! Oh man, I know I would always enjoy a nap. Visiting the animal shelter is great. Though, I always end up donating money to the agency everytime I visit. Thanks for sharing these tips!

    Nancy β™₯ exquisitely.me

    • Thanks for your comment Megan. πŸ™‚ Food is a good option but I wanted to put out some non foodie ideas too. Good luck with your weight loss. x

  11. These are some great ideas! I can’t believe I’ve never thought of visiting an animal shelter before 🐢🐱 I like having a bath with a face mask and some chocolate afterwards!

  12. You know you’ve won me over to WW, I like this idea of wellness over all. The way society says treat yourself is through food, then if you do, do it and God forbid put weight on, society then shuns you. So these ideas of different treats are really really good

    • Thanks Deborah. I love the idea of wellness as well and I hate that society has such a strong view on weight gain! I eat what I like, it’s all about moderation and portion control for me.

  13. I always seem to treat myself with food! I really need to try some of your tips like buying myself flowers. Or changing the bedding – this is the best feeling ever! Rather than indulging in chocolate – I should buy more bedding and change it every day!!! xxx

    Ashley
    https://lellalee.com

    • Haha, food is good too but I try to moderate it. I’d love enough bedding to change it everyday, there’s just something about fresh sheets isn’t there?

  14. Jenny says:

    I do loads of these as a way to treat myself and I’m ALL for treating myself! I don’t stick to strict diets or anything because it’s not beneficial for me. But if I want some chocolate, I’ll damn well have some!

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

    • What I like about WW is I can still eat the same food I always have (if I want to), it’s just my portion control is better. Haribo or free from chocolate buttons are my downfalls lol. Thanks for your comment Jenny. x

  15. This time of year, my absolute favourite way to treat myself is to just spend some time outside in the fresh air with my pups. This could be taking them for a walk or hike, or simply relaxing in the hammock in my back yard.

    • This sounds like such a great idea. Getting outside has so many health benefits and a hammock sounds perfect to relax in.

  16. I like the change to a full wellness program. It makes sense. Your ideas about treating yourself were very eye opening for me. I really do enjoy fresh sheets and getting flowers is the best…so I think I’ll get some for myself!

  17. I always love having a vase of fresh flowers they really do cheer me up. I love to have a coffee and slice of cake at a nice cafe and watch the world go by, I find it’s a great way of switching off.

  18. Do you know, I’m going to buy a bunch of flowers for my kitchen table tomorrow. I don’t do that nearly often enough. And you really can’t beat fresh clean bed linen to help up the relaxation levels.

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