This year has been a tough one mental health-wise and we have heard a lot more of a push to take time for ourselves and practice some more self care. It's something that is so, so important and one of the ways I, personally, choose to practice self care through the "Treat Yo' Self" method and here's your sign to join me!

What Is "Treat Yo' Self"

I mean, it really is exactly as it sounds. Basically you treat yourself to something just for you, big or small!

It could be a fancy coffee you otherwise wouldn't normally get, it could be a new notebook and pens or even just a whole day of some light (or heavy shopping). Basically it is just a way to do or get something for yourself that makes you feel good.

For me, that usually means an iced Matcha, a trip to Target or TJ Maxx or getting my nails done.

I first learned about this philosophy from watching "Parks and Recreation" when Donna and Tom would have "Treat Yo' Self" days and just spend one day out of the many doing things for themselves and it looked really fun.

"That Sounds So Selfish..."

You know what, it is, and there is nothing wrong with that.

There are so many of us out there who spend so much of our time, energy and even money trying to make others in our lives happy. Some even spend so much helping others, there is no reason you can't do something kind for yourself too.

Also, "Treat Yo' Self" is not just about doing or getting material things for yourself, it's just about dedicating a day to doing things that make YOU happy. Everyone's definition of a treat can be something different.

"I Just Don't Have The Time"

I promise you, you've got time. Even if you don't have an entire day to dedicate to treating yourself, the whole point is just to do a few kind things for yourself, big or small.

We are all on some sort of journey to love ourselves more each day and sometimes you just have to listen to your heart and find joy in the little things.

I know that sounds so corny but I fully believe it.

The last time I had a "Treat Yo' Self" day, a day where I was not thinking about what I need to do for work, what I need to buy someone else, or what 40 different people need or expect out of me. It was a day for me and I think everyone deserves that every once in a while. Honestly, after having a bad day or a bad week, spending some time or just putting in a little extra effort to make yourself happy can start to shift your mindset in some amazing ways.

With May being Mental Health month, I think it's important for us to share the ways we each cope when life gets to be a little too much to handle. What are some ways, nothing is too big or too small, that you treat yourself when you're down?

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