This year has been unlike any other in recent history, namely because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Almost every family in the country felt the effects of the pandemic in one way or another. Most of the effects likely caused personal or financial stress, making 2020 a tough year for many people. With this unique year winding down, you may be looking for ways to reward yourself for making it through and release some of the year’s stress. Let’s take a look at a few ways you can treat yourself after a particularly stressful year and go into 2021 with a healthy mindset.
Change Up Your Environment
The COVID-19 pandemic closed down businesses of all kinds, forcing many families to stay at home while they worked, went to school, and relaxed. After so much time in the same place during this unusual time, you may now associate your home with stress. Try to shake the stress out of your home by changing it up.
There are many ways to revamp your environment. The interior design industry generates $10 billion in revenues every year, giving you plenty of options for making changes. You can get new decorations to hang on your walls or liven up your home with new pieces of furniture. If you don’t want to spend any money, try rearranging the rooms in your home. Simply moving around the objects you already own can make your home feel fresh and different.
If you’ve done everything you can to make your indoor environment feel different, look to the outdoors. Make an outdoor living area in your backyard so that you have a different space in which to spend time. If you don’t have much outdoor space, see what parks or lakes are open in your area. Spending just a little bit of time in a different environment can give you a totally new mindset.
Indulge in a Beauty Treatment
For many people, doing something nice for their body will make them feel more relaxed mentally. As long as COVID-19 regulations in your area allow it, try scheduling a beauty treatment of some kind. This could be getting a manicure and pedicure, going to your stylist for a haircut, or getting a facial, which most aestheticians agree that you should get once every month. These treatments can make you feel like you’re being pampered and taken care of, which can go a long way in making you feel less stressed. Just remember to respect any rules the facility has in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to tip the provider of the treatment well.
Buy Something That Makes You Feel Special
While material goods can’t bring you complete happiness, they can bring you a little bit of happiness. Getting yourself a little something can be the perfect way to treat yourself after a stressful year. The best part of this strategy is that there are no rules as to what that treat has to be. If you love footwear, buy yourself a new pair of shoes. If you have an affinity for baked goods, pick up your favorite cookies while you’re out. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it makes you feel special.
Another way to put this strategy in action is for you and your partner to get into a habit of getting special things for one another. Again, these presents don’t have to be extravagant. They just have to bring you joy. About 86% of people say that they feel special after receiving flowers. If your partner is one of these people, get them a nice bouquet every once in a while. If you know that your partner loves a certain type of wine, get a bottle of it for a special dinner together. These little acts of love can help you both destress while also putting a new spark in your relationship.