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5 brilliant, acceptable excuses for buying something for yourself
In a consumerist society, treating yourself to something can feel rather lavish – embarrassing, even. Who needs material stuff, anyway, when happiness should be far easier to find in the everyday bliss of being alive?
Only, life isn’t quite like that. We work hard, and often end up with minimal time of an evening to enjoy the finer things in life. There just aren’t that many opportunities to treat yourself, these days, and doing so often feels a bit… wrong.
Well, here’s the thing – looking after your own patch is vital, and spending your hard-earned money on yourself shouldn’t be frowned upon. However, if you’re still unsure about that purchase, here’s five reasons you should buy it for yourself and no one else:
1. You can’t remember the last time you did
You’re always buying stuff for other people. Every week seems to bring with it another rush to the shops to buy a birthday present for someone.
When was the last time you did something similar for yourself? If it was that long ago you simply can’t remember, you’re overdue a bit of self-indulgence.
2. You’ve met a significant goal
Setting goals both in our personal and work lives is vital if we’re to better ourselves and further our careers. Some goals are small (an extra kilometre on the treadmill, for example), while others are significant (a big promotion, perhaps).
If you’ve met one of those big goals recently, you’ll have put in a significant amount of effort to get there, and there really is no better excuse to treat yourself than knowing that you have gone above and beyond to achieve something.
Meeting a significant goal is no mean feat, and the signifiant energy you expended demands a reward.
3. Doing something small will make you feel good
Treating yourself doesn’t necessarily mean digging deep into your wallet to pay for something particularly expensive. Sometimes, it’s the simple, low-cost stuff that really makes a difference.
Chances are, blowing your savings on a big purchase will do nothing more than make you feel worse, yet a small treat can really lift your spirits. A cinema trip on a rainy day, or a cream-topped hot chocolate at the coffee shop when you’d normally have a flat white – that kind of stuff matters.
4. You’ll feel empowered by taking care of your own needs
Some people will tell you there’s a fine line between being selfish and taking care of your own needs, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
You’ll know when you’re being selfish (did you really need that seat on the train instead of the old guy standing by the door?), but you’ll also know when you need to take care of your own needs.
If a particularly hard day at work has resulted in you craving some time alone to collect your thoughts and unwind, that new video game you’ve yearned for would be a very sensible purchase indeed. Taking care of yourself is a very important thing – don’t forget to do so regularly.
5. You deserve it – simple
Admit it – you just want to treat yourself. You don’t need to, nor have done anything to justify it, but you know, deep down, that you deserve a little treat from yourself.
And you know what? That’s absolutely fine, too!
If you decide to splash out in any large or small way on yourself, don’t feel bad about it. You’re not materialistic, selfish or a spendthrift – you’ve simply decided that you’re worth it.
Go on – treat yourself!