Hope you are well and rocking your Tuesday so far!
Let me ask you a question. How many times a day do you hear the word ‘treat’? It seems to be the word of the moment right now and even has a hashtag! #treatyoself
But what does it mean to you? Does the word treat fill you with joy or fill you with dread? Something to savour or something to feel guilty over?
For too long a treat for me meant something naughty, something that was wrong – usually involving food. But then I looked at what the word really should mean – ‘An event or item that is out of the ordinary that gives great pleasure’. I looked into the synonyms of the word and the result? Words like nourishment, delicacy, nutriment and goody.
I now view a treat as something I don’t do all the time, that will nourish my body and mind. Food will still be a treat for me but now I will view it differently. But it doesn’t always have to be about food – you can #treatyoself in so many ways…
For this weeks 5 top tips on a Tuesday, we are looking at how you can treat yourself in order to get the most nourishment bang for your buck!
If time is a treat…
– if time is precious to you then you must make the most of it. But this does not mean cramming in as much as you can when you can. It means gaining the most happiness from your spare time. Try working out with your partner. Making dinner as a family. Getting in that 8 hours quality sleep. Sit outside while eating your lunch to get some air.
If sleep is a treat…
– then you must try to make it an essential part of your day rather than a rare occurrence. 8 hours should be the norm. Take the time you have to get up in the morning and minus 8 hours from that. Then you have your bedtime. Try to keep that in mind.
If exercise is a treat…
– then make sure it nourishes you as well as getting a ‘workout in’. Try tabata/ HIIT workouts to make the most of your time. Realise that walking can be enough and that small and slow is better than none at all. Try to combine it with quality time with friends or your partner. Or even head on over to the park and play with your kids. Who says ball games are just for children?!
5. If alcohol is a treat…
then that’s a good thing! We all know alcohol shouldn’t be ‘the norm’ on a daily basis. Enjoy a glass or two of wine on a Friday or Saturday night. Go to a winery, brewery or distillery and learn more about how your favourite drink is made and what tastes and flavours you really like – then savour and enjoy exploring more of it.
What does the word treat mean to you?
How do you #treatyoself?