Sometimes I buy myself flowers. Flowers are good for the soul. They lift your spirit while also beautifying your home. In fact, the simple act of placing a bunch of cut flowers (or other natural objects) in your home can bring more health and well-being to your life.
Recently, I bought myself a lovely bunch for my birthday. Five dollars well-spent, in my opinion. There’s definitely something about bringing nature indoors that calms the spirit. I’ve been a bit anxious lately, between some worries in my personal life and my ongoing dismay at the political situation (somehow I don’t think I’m alone in either of these scenarios). When I’m feeling anxious, just the sight of those flowers brings me a much-appreciated moment of peace.
Basically it comes down to self-care. Treat yourself. You don’t have to be extravagant or jeopardize your bank account (at the same time, do what’s right for you and your budget). Buying a small, inexpensive bouquet is just one example. You can also take a walk in your favorite park on your lunch break. Or you could get a massage. Maybe your favorite band just released their latest CD/MP3—buy a copy and sing along. You could even just enjoy a cup of coffee while you watch the sun rise. Whatever self-care looks like to you, do it. Now, more than ever, we all need to be a little kinder to ourselves and each other. If we feel cared for, we’re much more likely to have the energy and ability to care for others (you have to put your own oxygen mask on first, right?).
So, how can you treat yourself today?