1) Indulge in something sweet
Chocolate covered strawberries, a red velvet cupcake, caramel popcorn, peanut butter brownies… go ahead and spoil yourself with a slice of sweetness, and most importantly, don’t feel guilty about it afterwards. Every once in a while, forget about calorie counting, dieting and your sugar intake, and just appreciate a decadent treat. But if you’re still not convinced, studies show that eating dark chocolate can actually reduce your chance of heart disease and lowers blood pressure. So there, go ahead and devour those truffles.
When you volunteer, not only are you helping others, but you’ll also feel good about yourself too. Whether you walk dogs at an animal shelter, take tickets at the local indie film festival, or organize a food drive, volunteering is a great way to boost your self-esteem, connect with your community, meet people and gain new skills. Make sure you volunteer for a cause you’re passionate about because it’ll make the experience that much more fulfilling.
3) Drink a glass of red wine
Whether or not you believe the constant barrage of headlines claiming that red wine is good for your heart, indulging in a glass of Merlot is the perfect way to reward yourself for getting through a long, tough day at the office. That’s something to toast to, right?
4) Reach out to a friend
Instead of clicking through dozens of your childhood friend’s Facebook photos, reminiscing about the “good ol’ days”, why don’t you pick up the phone and give her a call? Reconnecting with your old buds will be a merry trip down memory lane and will likely remind you of how much you’ve accomplished so far in life. If you suffer from a case of phone-phobia, even sending a quick email or text message will brighten your day, and theirs.
5) Change your hair-do
There’s something magical about how getting a new hairstyle can instantly make you feel completely rejuvenated. Just look at all those movie montages of the geeky but beautiful heroine undergoing her radical transformation – it always starts with the haircut. If the idea of snipping off four inches of your locks is bound to induce a panic attack, opt for a more subtle approach like getting those layers trimmed or using non-permanent hair dye.
6) Do yoga
With its tranquil, precise movements, its intense focus on breathing, and the peaceful music that acts as the soundtrack for each pose, practicing yoga is one of the best ways to treat your body. There are so many health benefits that come from yoga, such as reducing stress, improving your strength and flexibility, and toning your physique. Plus, nothing compares to that tingly, serene high you experience after completing a class.
7) Take a staycation
While it’d be nice to book a trip to an exotic locale for a week of relaxation or adventure, this just isn’t possible for many of us. Instead, spend a day exploring your very own city. Finally check out the art galleries you’ve been meaning to visit, eat at that new hip restaurant or play tourist in a neighbourhood across town. Write out an itinerary, bring your camera, sport some walking shoes, maybe even bring your dinky fanny pack, and get ready to see your home in an entirely different light.
8) Solo dance party
It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing your favorite party dress or a pair of yoga pants – there is no dress code for solo dance parties. This might feel cheesy at first, but once the music’s cranked and you’ve got your makeshift microphone in hand, you’ll quickly find yourself sashaying and boogieing from room to room. If a roommate or family member catches you mid-twist, grab their hand and invite them to the party.
You know that beautiful blazer you’ve been eyeing for the past month? Buy it. That vintage camera staring back at you every time you walk by that antique shop? Get it. That newfangled power tool that you’ve been itching to add to your collection? Run to the hardware store immediately and snatch it up. They say money won’t buy happiness, but no one can deny the instant gratification that comes from splurging on something you’ve been admiring for months.
10) Write a list of things you’re grateful for
It’s important to remind yourself of all the good things in your life. From the small details like an old, worn-in T-shirt you’ve been wearing for years to the bigger parts like your health, career and family, remembering everything you’re grateful for is a nice way to feel happy about your life.