It is one of the more obscure paradoxes of modern living. We work more, to earn more so that we can experience more – and then feel guilty when doing it. Well, feel guilty no more! Putting off these 5 lusciously guilty pleasures, could actually be doing you more harm, than good.
WHY YOU MUST TRAVEL
So this isn’t exactly a new school of thought. But now more than ever, it’s essential that you and yours get some time away. Prolonged lockdowns and lack of access to services and social events are starting to have a detrimental effect on the mental health of American families and families all over the world. The elderly are most at-risk as families are often not permitted to visit nursing homes or care facilities. So the word is out – it’s time to load up the family car and hit the open road. If travel outside of your state borders or internationally is not on the cards for you right now, keep it local, you’ll not only get away from it all but you’ll also earn some extra points for helping support local business. Feel good factor, 10 out of 10.
WHY YOU MUST EAT MORE CHOCOLATE (THE GOOD KIND)
It is believed that chocolate contains many antioxidants and some studies have even indicated that chocolate could go some way to help to prevent memory loss. Chocolate also helps reduce stress, can help maintain a healthy heart, and could help in your weight-loss endeavors. What? Chocolate and weight loss? Yep. Turns out that eating around 2 grams of dark chocolate every day could aid in your weight loss goals.
And chocolate can also help in the fight against allergies. As the seasons change, it’s a good plan to stock up. Sadly there’s no chocolate remedy for hay fever, so you’ll still need the tried and trusted hay fever treatments.
WHY YOU MUST HAVE A BED DAY (BUT MAKE IT FIRST)
Study after study (people actually get paid to do this sort of thing) has revealed what a certain American General has known all along – as soon as you get up in the morning, make your bed. It might seem like a small thing, but your brain’s reward system will pick up on it immediately and when you start your day with your brain rewarding you with those wonderful feel-good hormones, you instantly want to do more and achieve more. However, every once in a while (take note of that….once in a while), it could be very beneficial…to climb back in. Taking a bed day can help reset your mental clock and reenergize a body that’s been worn down with routine and the daily grind. The trick is to not overuse this one.
WHY YOU MUST TAKE “A PERSONAL DAY”
OK, so this kind of ties in with taking a bed day, but that’s only if you’re planning on using your personal day to spend the day in bed…in which case, it falls squarely into the “bed day” category. However, there are a few very good reasons to take a personal day when, after all, they’ve been designed to help you get back on track when you need to. We don’t suggest abusing the privilege but you could be due a personal day if you’ve been needing to see the doctor or you’re feeling really burned out. If there are outstanding “life issues” that need dealing with and can’t be handled on weekends or if you have not taken a break in a really long time, this is your open invitation to use those days off. If you are otherwise a top performer at work and your boss knows this, then discuss it with them and they’ll probably agree. One day without you won’t bring the walls down, but when the desire builds to do this more than not, time to relook where you’re at.
WHY YOU MUST GO SHOPPING
This is probably the most “indulgent” guilty pleasure – but it’s valid nevertheless. It speaks to the brains’ reward system and can also go some way to helping you realize a change you’ve been wanting to make or to celebrate achieving a goal. But the whole idea is not to use shopping as an escape from reality, but rather as a way to validate your reality. This means that if you land that new job, then you get to have a new work wardrobe.
As with all of the good things, moderation is key and balance should be applied with everything. Enjoy!
P.S. Check out my minimalist approach to meal planning.