Skip to content
#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal
Image: Shutterstock/nd3000

Here's how to treat yourself every day - with just a few simple changes

Spoil yourself. You deserve it.
Jun 23rd 2017, 2:55 PM 19,021 8

MOST PEOPLE TEND link the word ‘treat’ or ‘reward’ to things that take hours of planning to put in place or cost well beyond their budget.

With that mindset in place, it can be tough to treat yourself on a regular basis, if at all. But if you’re willing to make a few attitude adjustments or think outside the box, you’ll find it’s fairly simple to spoil yourself a little every single day.

Maybe ‘spoiling yourself’ means snapping up some discounted tickets to your favourite show, or swapping out instant coffee for a fancy house roast one morning a week. Or maybe it’s something as simple as going for a long walk on your lunch break rather than hiding out in the office canteen.

Putting yourself first every once in a while can turn a dull day around. Here’s our guide to changing things up when you feel in need of a reward…

Make yourself a proper breakfast

jennifer-pallian-146555 Source: Unsplash

At least one day this week, be it a lazy Sunday morning or a mid-week day when you get up a bit earlier than usual, set aside some time to prepare something you really enjoy for breakfast. Make some granola the night before or get eggs, coffee and fresh bread in and go for full-on brunch. It’s a mindful – and tasty – way to start the day off.

Re-visit a favourite album or book

shutterstock_279658988 Source: Shutterstock/Mladen Mitrinovic

There’s something incredibly comforting about settling into a book you already know you’ll love, or putting on an album you haven’t listened to in years. So take a deep dive into your bookshelf or long-forgotten CD rack and pick out an old classic.

Put clean sheets on the bed and change into freshly washed pyjamas

annie-spratt-89768 Source: Unsplash

Even if you don’t get as much sleep as you might like, there is truly no greater bedtime pleasure than lying back on cool, detergent-scented sheets. Make yourself a cup of (caffeine-free) tea, grab a book or magazine, put clean pyjamas on and embrace the joy of a good night’s shut-eye.

Talk to someone who puts you in a good mood

shutterstock_624799850 Source: Shutterstock/MAStock

If you’re lucky, you’ll already talk to people who put you in top form every day. But if not, take a few minutes and seek out someone you know will put you at ease – and bonus points if it’s someone who makes you laugh, too. Send a WhatsApp message to arrange a coffee, or set out some time for a phone call.

Plan a duvet day

shutterstock_244055425 Source: Shutterstock/viki2win

Sometimes the joy of living lies in doing absolutely nothing. Mark out your Sunday as a dedicated duvet day, or clear your diary on a mid-week evening, and plonk yourself on the couch with some good food and bad TV. It’s what Netflix and on-demand telly were made for.

Grab a coffee and go people-watching

shutterstock_645876799 Source: Shutterstock/Agnes Kantaruk

Café windows, perfectly positioned benches, and bustling city parks: Ireland is full of prime people-watching spots. Pick up a coffee, take a seat and watch the world go by. It’s surprisingly calming seeing strangers rushing past while you smugly sit back with nowhere to be.

Give yourself the gift of five minutes


If you had just a few minutes to yourself, what would you do? Go for a walk? Watch a ridiculous viral video of a dancing gorilla? Make a really good cup of tea? Allow yourself five minutes. You can spare it. Do the thing. You’ll feel all the better for it.

Want even more regular rewards? You don’t have to look far. Sign up to the Bord Gais Energy Rewards Club and you’ll enjoy exclusive deals from Tesco, the GAA and the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. So far, Bord Gáis Energy has helped its members save €3m on their energy bills and grocery shopping. Find out more here.


    Back to top