Life is all about choices, decisions, and balance. Because you work hard, you should be able to treat yourself to some of life’s indulgences along the way. Don’t deny yourself the added little extras that make your life that much sweeter just because you are on a budget. There are plenty of budget-friendly ways to allow you to indulge and strike a balance between work and play (or whatever your vice or indulgence might be).
After an especially trying day, it’s not uncommon to feel like you need to treat yourself to some retail therapy. That’s not to say you should buy everything you want. Instead, stay true to your financial situation and stay in control. Learn how to make allowances to get the things you want, without suffering any type of monetary setbacks. For example, that package locker for home deliveries, for example, might seem like an extravagance, but if it saves you the hassle and cost of having to re-order packages that have been taken from your porch, isn’t that worth the expense?
Everybody defines treating themselves with ordinary expenditures differently. Basically, anything outside your realm of normalcy that brings you some level of enjoyment or stress relief should be considered a treat. When budgeting for special allowances, don’t limit yourself to tangible items. If you already have a closet overflowing with shoes, because shoe shopping is what you do when you feel stressed out, why not seek another form of stress relief? Book yourself a trip to the spa and enjoy a nice massage or round of acupuncture that relaxes both your mind and your body. Budget for a healthy treat with benefits to your physical as well as mental health.
If you are feeling fed up and frustrated with certain aspects of your work or personal life, why not find a gym? Release some endorphins and expel your frustrations though doing laps in the pool or participating in an exercise class.
What can be more budget-friendly than something that doesn’t cost you a penny? For some people, their budgets aren’t fluid enough to allow for escapes as often as they would need or like. That doesn’t mean they don’t need a break or a treat, it just means they need to find alternate ways to unwind and spoil themselves. Sometimes the simplest of treats can be the most relaxing.
When you need to escape the weight of reality that is consuming you, there are several free options available. Here are a few examples:
- Lose yourself within a good book.
- Find a quiet, cozy place to curl up and nap.
- Visit a good friend.
- Have a peaceful soak in the tub.
- Color in an adult coloring book.
- Keep a journal.
- Enjoy popcorn and a movie on the couch.
Seeking indulgent rest and relaxation doesn’t necessarily equate to time spent alone. As much as kids can drive you crazy at times, don’t discount the priceless effects of their infectious laughter. Have a look at local free events and take your family on new adventures. Grab the dog and the kids and head to the park. Rediscover your inner child and play an interactive game. Above all, laugh!
Maybe you are one of those lucky people who find cleaning a way to alleviate stress. If that’s the case, find a cluttered closet you’ve been wanting to organize for months and have at it. If you have unfinished projects around the house, complete them. There isn’t much that is more satisfying than checking things off of that never-ending mental list that can make you feel otherwise unaccomplished.
Striking a balance between work and play; necessity and indulgent; hectic and peaceful; is no easy feat. Learning to strike that balance and stay within your budget is a priceless tool in the armory of life.