healthy winter

Sometimes it can feel like you’re too busy to set aside any real time for yourself. But the truth is that it’s important to do nice things just for you every once in a while. Almost 45% of marriages might end in divorce, but your relationship with yourself is forever. So if you haven’t done anything for yourself in a little while, here are some ideas to help you get started.

Buy Yourself Fresh Flowers

If you don’t want to make a big deal out of doing something nice for yourself, then start small! Maybe there’s a florist in your area that you pass every day when you come home from work. Make a point to stop in one day on your way home and pick up a bouquet of flowers for yourself. Not only do 86% of people say getting flowers makes them feel special, but this is a small act of self-kindness that you can reflect on daily for a week or two. Once you have your flowers, set them up in a nice vase somewhere central in your home. That way you’ll be able to look at them every time you’re in that room and remember that small act of kindness you paid to yourself. In addition, the room your flowers are in will feel brighter and fresher because of them! And who knows? You just might end up buying flowers more often to brighten up your home and your heart.

Take Yourself on a Date

As we said earlier, your relationship with yourself is one you’ll have forever. Why not take yourself on a date every now and then? If you’re feeling extra extravagant, you can make a whole night out of it. Book a table at the nicest restaurant in your neighborhood, get dressed up, and rent a limo just for the thrill of it. Since phone-ins account for almost 90% of limo reservations, there’s no need to worry about whether you’re making the right call or not. There’s no requirement that your date has to be fancy, either. Whether you’re headed to your favorite bar to sit down with a book and a drink or you’re enjoying expensive cuisine in your nicest clothes, the point is that you’re spending quality time with yourself in ways that you normally might not. Treating yourself to a night out on your own just might be the change of pace you’ve been looking for lately.

Spend Some Time Outside

If you’re feeling particularly stressed out, then this is the perfect way to treat yourself. Studies have shown that even looking at images of natural landscapes can help reduce stress levels. But why settle for pictures when the real thing is just outside your door waiting for you? If there’s a park or a hiking trail near you, make a point to go out and spend a little bit of time taking in the sights and sounds of nature. Not only is this process incredibly calming, but it’s a great way to get some exercise in. When you’re feeling super stressed out, sometimes a break from the material world is exactly the kindness your mind needs.

Being kind to yourself isn’t always about bubble baths or wine. Sometimes it’s the smallest and most unexpected acts of self-kindness that can make the biggest difference in your life.