Sometimes you need a pick-me-up. When you’ve had a hard day at work or school, a stressful time with friends and family, or maybe you’re in the middle of a big change. No matter the reason, you know what helps you relax the most, so get yourself out there and splurge a little for something all your own. If you’re in such a funk you don’t know what you want, here are some great “Just Because,” gifts you can get yourself.
Drinks after a hard day’s work can help you relax like little else. Whether you stop by your local bottle shop for some beer or wine, or have a favorite mixed beverage out on the town, sometimes it’s the ritual above all. It’s as simple as some time spent in a social place, a place where people are laughing and have a good time, that can raise your mood. Treat yourself once in a while (in moderation, of course). It breaks the monotony of a long week.
If you’re a visual person, buy some plants to liven up your home, and make you more comfortable. Whether it’s a piece of local art, a bouquet of flowers, or a more functional item, like a new table runner, make your home somewhere you’ll be comfortable and proud of.
If home decor doesn’t appeal, then buy yourself a new dress or that sweater that’s been on sale — after all, the summer is almost over. When you look good, you’ll feel better. Don’t underestimate the power of how clothes can boost your mood!
Get a massage. When it’s relaxation you want, nothing can help you unwind like a massage from your local therapist. While you can give yourself a massage, it just isn’t the same. A massage helps you work out those tight muscles, and relieves stress.
You can escape from your foul mood in a number of ways. TV is the obvious one. With services like Netflix and Hulu, binge watch your favorite shows, or go on a rom-com marathon. Sure, it might feel indulgent, but isn’t that the point of a guilty pleasure?
If you’re interested in a more cerebral activity why not visit the local bookstore? Pick out a new book and buy it. GoodReads even has a list of best books for escape. Break in the book at the park if it’s a nice day, or curl up on your couch and dive in to the story.
Comfort foods can be. . . well, a source of comfort. Whether you go out for a meal at your favorite restaurant or enjoy cooking, sometimes all you need is your favorite food. If cooking is one of your hobbies, try a new recipe. Experiment with flavors you don’t typically use in your dishes.
Don’t Feel Guilty
No matter what you do, it’s important you don’t feel guilty when you indulge in the activities that make you happiest. Even if you neglect a task you know you should do, let your guilt over that neglect dissipate so you can enjoy the moment you are in. No matter what you do, decide fully and act fully, with no regrets.