Celebrating and rewarding yourself is a great way to acknowledge all the hard work you’ve put in, the long hours dedicated to a project and the sheer determination at making something successful. Rewarding yourself is a positive behaviour, telling yourself that you’re capable, competent and worthy while also helping to increase your self-esteem. By celebrating your achievements, you’re encouraging yourself to set more challenging goals as your start associating those success with positive outcomes and emotions. Here are some ways to reward yourself…
Finish work early
After all those long hours, missing out on birthdays, skipping dinners with family and going home totally knackered, now is the time to celebrate your work achievement. Get off work early, it could be an hour, or 15 minutes, just be sure to check with the boss that it’s ok. Reason that you’ve sacrificed all those hours and time in the office, and you’re in need of some time away from work to make it up to your family and yourself. A good boss will understand and hopefully, give you permission to finish work a little earlier than usual. Surprise your kid by picking him up from school, or make your family a hearty dinner at home, even better, regard it as time for yourself.
Possibly the most underrated reward, sleep. Sleep has a huge impact on how you feel mentally and physically. In rushing to meet your goals, you probably endured quite a bit of stress and anxiety, thinking about work even when it’s time to rest. Now that all is done and dusted, prioritise sleep. Adequate sleep will help you rejuvenate, regulate your moods, improve brain function and increase your energy. Try to go to bed early, and if you’ve been taking your laptop and work to bed with you, now is time to set those boundaries and separate sleep from work. This is a great time to reset and refresh.
Refresh at the spa
Another great option to refresh is to visit a health spa. Book yourself in for a spa day in a hotel to rejuvenate. A full body treatment, facial, complete with an afternoon tea and a glass of prosecco could do you wonders. You can even extend your relaxation time with a night in a lovely hotel suite with breakfast in bed the next morning. Some of these hotels might even offer you exclusive use of hydrotherapy pool, sauna, jacuzzi shower and outdoor hot tub, everything you could wish for. A night or two here will give you the much needed stress-free sanctuary that your body and mind need to switch off, relax and recharged for when you get back to the daily grind.
Go to a concert
Apart from all the stillness and quiet we think our bodies need, some people might want to celebrate differently after achieving an important goal. There are those who want to go to the top of the cliffs and scream their lungs out, telling the world that they’ve made it. Others might choose to sing their hearts out. Some might opt to dance like nobody’s watching. Why not consider going to a festival or a concert, where a favourite DJ or band of yours is performing. You could dance, sing, let your hair down and have fun without being judged.
Buy yourself a luxury item
Let’s admit it, that there’s a luxury item that your heart desires. It’s expensive, you’ve been longing to own it for a while, and time and time again, have had to justify spending that much money on it. But after working so hard to achieve your goal, perhaps now it the right time to buy that luxury item. Whether it’s a Chanel handbag, the Porsche, or one of the watches from the Rolex collection, rewarding yourself now cannot be anymore rewarding!
Tips for picking a reward
There’s no hard and fast rule about the rewards you should pick but here’s some helpful tips.
- Don’t pick a reward that negates what you’ve just achieved. If you’ve just completed a major project at work, try not to jump onto another big project immediately. Give yourself some time to rest.
- Create rewards that are on the same level as your tasks. For instance, small rewards for small tasks and large rewards for larger tasks.
- Every achievement deserves a reward, regardless of how small they are.
- Always pick something that truly motivates you. If you look forward to something then it will motivate you to succeed or complete the job much quicker.
- Don’t delay gratification. Feelings of achievement are usually fleeting, so try to reward yourself as soon as you’ve reached your goals.
- Keep a list of all your achievements, the rewards you’ve given yourself and your progress over the years. This will continue to motivate you in the future.