This Year, Make Plans to Treat Yourself

When was the last time you made a concrete, tangible plan to treat yourself? It’s so easy for people to spend the bulk of their time focusing on others and forgetting to take care of themselves. This is especially true of caregivers, who are devoted to selflessly serving others.

Sometimes, making a point of focusing only on yourself can feel a little strange. But the truth is, if you’re not replenishing yourself from time to time, you may eventually get burned out and run out of energy and motivation to help others. A bit of planned selfishness can help not only yourself, but everyone around you. If you haven’t added this to your list of resolutions yet, take a moment to do so now: “This year, I resolve to treat myself from time to time.” But don’t just make a vague resolution! Make some concrete plans well ahead of time for the coming year.

Save a Date or Two

Certain holidays, special occasions, and times of year can be bittersweet: Maybe you don’t particularly enjoy your birthday, or maybe your spouse is on deployment or scheduled to work over a major holiday. Or maybe a certain time of year is a tough reminder of something sad that happened in your life.

Whatever it is, if you wait until a week before that day arrives, you may not have the energy to overcome how you’re feeling, especially if you spend a lot of your time caring for other people. If you feel too tired to schedule a massage or too down to make a reservation at your favorite salon, it’s a clear sign that you need to think ahead in order to properly treat yourself. So plan a fun outing a month in advance, while the idea is still fresh and promising. Think of it as giving your future self a present, and as the day approaches, you’ll have something fun to look forward to.

Every Little Bit Helps

Even if there’s not a particular day or time of year that’s difficult for you, you still may find yourself completely drained if you focus on being there for others without any respite. So plan ahead by scheduling a pick-me-up activity for yourself every month. It could be a hair appointment with your favorite stylist, a night out watching your favorite sports team, or even a weekend vacation at a nice hotel for a little pampering. Figure out which days will work best for you in the coming year, and schedule those little surprises now. Your future self will thank you for it.

Can you think of a few experiences that would really make your day over this coming year? Schedule a couple, and let us know what you did on Twitter.

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