Treats

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It’s important to give yourself treats. I went through a period in my life where I was pretty unhappy and once I became conscious of this unhappiness and was working to understand and dismantle its hold on me, I noticed that I had been withholding treats from myself. I wasn’t doing it consciously but I was allowing the sad, receding, angry part of me to call the shots. So when I wanted something, yearned for some small little treat, I would, like an overly strict and controlling parent, withhold it from myself.

I am in a happy place in my life now and I am cognizant of feeding and watering that happiness by being kind and gentle with myself. I hope you are doing the same.

What are some of your favorite treats? How do you take care of yourself and safeguard your joy in life? Share and tell me in the comments. After all, happiness is not merely the absence of sadness.

A Few of My Favorite Treats

  • Long walks through the neighborhood
  • A delicious, cooked at home, bone-in ribeye steak served with sautéed mushrooms, onions, and steamed broccoli
  • A cup of coffee by myself in a bustling cafe
  • A run in the morning followed by an unhurried shower and dressing
  • An afternoon or evening sitting around chatting and sharing stories with family; parents, sister, brother, extended family if we are so lucky to be together…
  • Snuggling on the couch with my daughter and husband on a weekend afternoon with books and movies and cozy blankets
  • Taking piano lessons
  • A cup of hot tea with raw honey
  • Riding my bike down on the beach
  • A weekend away in Palm Springs with my husband
  • Swimming in the ocean or an uncrowded heated pool
  • Spending the whole day at the beach with husband and daughter and all the fixing: beach chairs, umbrella, big blanket, books, magazines, beach toys, food, and cold drinks
  • Getting into bed early
  • Starting the morning slowly
  • Making a yummy breakfast at home on the weekend
  • Exploring a new city
  • Trying a new restaurant
  • Getting a beautiful color of polish on my toes
  • Dancing in the living room with my little girl

Have a wonderful day!

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2 Responses to Treats

  1. Amy Whelan says:

    It is so hard to blog when we are not feeling well. I know all about that. I certainly have had a difficult year this year and have had my life challenged in so many areas. Here are my favorite things to do for myself:
    1. Take a walk
    2. Soak in a hot bath with epsom salts in my claw-foot tub
    3. Curl up with a good book and a mug of spiced cider
    4. Going to my yoga class (I get there rarely, and I really need to get back to it more often)
    5. Baking yummy deserts
    6. I love foot products, so getting anything for my feet is a treat
    7. Having breakfast with my girlfriends
    8. Meditating–though this area has also taken a back seat

    There. I think it’s probably the most complete list I can think of. I hope, Kathryn, that your journey through better times continues.

    • Kathryn says:

      So nice to hear from you Amy! Great list too. I especially relate to number three. I could do that every day in the fall. Hope you are enjoying the season. xox

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