In our modern-day society it can be seen as selfish to reward yourself and yet this action is crucial to helping build healthy habits. To achieve your long-term wellness goals, it's imperative you treat yourself regularly. In fact, the behavioural psychologist we had help us build Mountain Trek's new Habits To Health app says we should all be rewarding ourselves at least once a week because, after all, we deserve it!
Life isn't supposed to be all work and no play. At Mountain Trek we encourage everyone to let loose occasionally otherwise our day-to-day can become too stressful. Have that glass of wine on a Saturday night. Treat yourself to that 90-minute massage. As long as you ensure your "rewards" don't become unhealthy habits then indulge! In fact, we believe that as hard as you’re working to accomplish your health goals, it’s just as important to be rewarding yourself for your effort to do your best.
Treating yourself is important – even if you don’t achieve your health goals right away. The reason this is true is because we aren’t treating ourselves for having succeeded, we’re treating ourselves for the good intentions to do our best, even if it sometimes means we fail.
Building a new habit or breaking a bad habit can be hard. That’s why it’s important to keep perspective and to give yourself a little treat, a kind of pat on the back if you will, just for staying the course.
Rewards can be anything positive, as long as they don’t involve sweet or salty indulgences. Here are a few of our favorite types of rewards, but the sky's the limit!
- Get a massage
- Visit a museum
- Sleep in on Sunday
- Treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure
- Make a wildflower bouquet for yourself
- Indulge in a hot bath with Epsom salts and essential oils
- Attend a local art exhibition
- Take a class in something you've always wanted to try
For more ideas and to learn how to incorporate rewards into an overall health and wellness strategy, be sure to download Mountain Trek’s Habits to Health app.