Whether it is due to work, school, relationships, or other stressful circumstances beyond your control, you will have that occasional genuinely hard day. When these days inevitably come around, it is vital to treat and reward yourself in a way that makes you feel good and more relaxed.

While it may not make the hard day completely go away, rewarding yourself is vital to ensure that you don’t get burnt out.

The method you choose to employ will significantly depend on your interests and what kind of hard day you have endured. But to get you started, here are six ideas on how to reward yourself after a hard day.

1. Indulge in entertainment

Whether you are a TV person, a movie person or an avid reader, one of the best ways to reward yourself after a hard day is to curl up on the sofa (or in your bed) with your entertainment of choice. Make popcorn, buy ice-cream or have a warm cup of tea – whatever makes you feel good!

Everyone can be so busy that you often don’t have the time to indulge this way. As such, don’t feel bad if you end up binge watching a dozen episodes of a new TV show, the first trilogy of your favorite movie series, or reading hundreds of pages of the book you just bought.

2. Move and meditate

After a long, hard day at the office, there is nothing more relaxing that moving your body. For some people that might mean an after-work yoga class, a run around the local park, or a kickboxing class with friends.

Whatever activity you opt for, just make sure it is something that makes your body feel good. This is particularly necessary if you spend the whole day sitting at a desk.

Additionally, meditation is the best way to calm yourself down and re-ground yourself. Have a stress-free mantra that you repeat while concentrating on your breathing and burning your artisanal calming candles.

3. Eat something delicious

When you have been pushing yourself, there is no better way to reward yourself than with something delicious. Maybe that means cooking your favorite meal or perhaps it involves you heading out to that new restaurant you’ve been dying to try. Ideally, eat something that is nutritious.

However, you don’t have to feel as though you have to avoid unhealthy but delicious foods. You can still indulge in your fatty or sweet guilty pleasures but remember to eat them in moderation.

4. Treat yourself to some candles and blooms

Who doesn’t love to have a space that is filled with flowers and luxury scented candles?

For a more blissful experience, choose hand-poured artisanal candles with premium fragrance blends such as:

  • White musk, fresh orange and spicy saffron
  • Ginger, caramel and hazelnut
  • Raspberry, rose and patchouli
  • Apple, cardamom and oud wood (said to be one of the rarest and most expensive ingredients a perfumer can use)

For many women, this is the ultimate in treating yourself at home. Flowers look beautiful, luxury candles smell amazing, and sitting and enjoying these simple pleasures is a surefire way to forget about the troubles of the day.

5. Communicate with your loved ones

After a hard day, there is nothing greater than communicating with your friends and family. Send your best friend a text, call your grandparents, email an old pal and tell them that you love them and are interested in their lives! (You also can vent if it was that sort of bad day!)

Not only will it assist in keeping your relationships strong, but it will also cheer you up and remind you of the important things in life.

6. Practice gratitude

The most successful people in the world practice gratitude every day as it is a way to program your brain to focus on the great things in life. You too should try to begin and end your day by making a list of everything you are grateful for. Especially on rough days, this will help you remember the good days, the fantastic moments, and the bigger picture of your life.

In this fast-paced world, it is essential to carve out the time to look after your mental and physical well-being especially if you have had a rough day.  Try to do this every day to stay healthy physically, mentally and emotionally.

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