The holiday season can be challenging. Temptations to break your health goals are everywhere, and you may feel overwhelmed by the pressure to overindulge. The holidays don’t have to mean ditching all of your progress; there are many ways you can reward yourself without breaking your health goals. They will still feel like a reward and help you stay healthy.
Let’s look at some of the top ways to reward yourself without breaking your diet or lifestyle routines.
Treats with Benefits
A great way to reward yourself is to treat yourself with something that brings you joy and has health benefits. For example, if you worked hard to stick to a yoga routine for a month or two, purchase some new yoga clothes, or buy a yoga mat as your reward when you reach a goal. Not only will it bring you joy when wearing or using the item, but it will also give you an extra boost of motivation when doing yoga because it is something special and meaningful.
Another example could be treating yourself to something beneficial such as going on a nature walk or a bike ride after reaching a goal instead of having unhealthy snacks. Pick an activity you enjoy that you may not get to do often—skiing or rock climbing. Not only will this make you feel good physically by getting outside and being active, but it can also do wonders for your mental health due to getting away from screens and day-to-day stresses.
Incorporating Natural Highs
Another way to reward yourself is by incorporating natural highs into your life. Natural highs can be anything from dancing around your living room for five minutes after completing an assignment or writing down three things that make you thankful and happy each morning before starting your day. These simple activities can bring joy into your life in an instant while still helping you move towards bigger goals because they become part of the process instead of just rewards on the side.
Quality Time with Loved Ones
One of the best rewards is spending quality time with loved ones who are supportive and understanding of our goals. This could mean going out for dinner with friends after meeting a deadline or taking the weekend off work to spend quality time with family members who have been encouraging you along your journey. Quality time spent with close friends and family members not only makes us feel good about ourselves but can also provide emotional support in moments where we need it most—making these rewards even more valuable than treats with benefits or natural highs!
The reward should always come from positive reinforcement—rewarding ourselves for reaching goals helps create positive habits that lead us closer to our dreams! There are many healthy ways to reward ourselves without resorting to unhealthy habits such as binge eating snacks or retreating into technology screens for hours on end. Whether it’s treating ourselves with rewards that have benefits, incorporating natural highs into our lives, or spending quality time with loved ones, these rewards will help us stay motivated while still feeling rewarded!