Sometimes I get home from work and I feel lethargic. I want to put on stretchy pants and an over-sized t-shit, and plop on the couch to watch bad TV.
But taking the time to do something special for myself keeps me energized and happy. It could be as simple as taking a hot shower on a cold night. Lighting candles or incense and listening to my favorite playlist. Stretching on a yoga mat in the middle of my living room. Picking up flowers and placing them in small vases all over the apartment. Or taking the time to make a delicious recipe.
This week, after a long few days of work, I fought my tendency to throw a chicken breast in the oven, and retreat the the couch. Instead I decided I was going to take the time to carefully chop vegetables, make a delicious sauce, and complete the steps to actually bread and stir fry the chicken.
The result was the best sweet and sour chicken I have ever had. The chicken was moist and rich and the vegetables were perfectly crisp.
Sometimes we forget to take the extra time to give ourselves something special each day. We skip steps to get things done more quickly, trading self indulgence for efficiency. Remind yourself that you are worth the extra effort.