Just closed a big sale? Completed a huge project? Lost the last 10 pounds you worked so hard to shed? Whenever you achieve something, big or small, you deserve a little pat on the back in the form of treats. The truth is we all need little rewards in our lives to keep us motivated.

Start by having a “gift-to-myself dream board”. This can be your typical corkboard or something more digital, like Pinterest. Whichever you prefer, create one and put all the items you want to have and things you want to do. Have a copy of this dream board at your workstation, by your bedside, or bookmarked on your device. Before a busy week, look at it, and motivate yourself that you’re due for these perks after a hectic week in the office or at home.

Here are five ideas on how to treat yourself:

1. Spend “me” time


Carving out a little alone time can make a world of difference. Take an hour or two for a soothing massage. Get yourself a mini-makeover—maybe a new hair color and cut, neatly shaped eyebrows, or a rejuvenating facial. Or pamper yourself with a foot spa and pedi. Try any of these and feel the stress leave your body. Simple treats make you instantly feel better and ready to take on brand new challenges for the coming week.

2. Travel

By taking a break from your daily grind, unplugging from your devices, and exploring new places, you allow yourself to rest and get refreshed. ASEAN countries don’t need visas so take a flight to Bangkok and explore their many shopping destinations or marvel at ancient temples in Angkor Wat. Or how about going on a scenic tour to Europe or finally taking that dream vacation in the United States? Or maybe stay in your own country and discover more of the beauty the Philippines holds?

Wherever you decide to go, make the most of it. Take photographs of your trips and document your memories. But never forget to live in the moment and take in what’s going on around you. This experience can be life-changing and healing to your weary body and soul.

3. Have a food trip

We know that you watch what you eat. It’s great to be healthy, but remember that you can take a break once in a while and have a “cheat” day. Savor that cupcake. Indulge in a slice of pizza with all your favorite toppings. Have a bottle of your favorite flavored beer. Since eating is a social activity, have friends join you when you go on a food crawl. We suggest places like Kapitolyo or Maginhawa Street in Quezon City where you have a number of restaurants all in one place.


4. Go shopping

Remember your dream board? Most definitely, you’ve pinned must-have items there, too. Have you been wanting to buy that little black dress that makes you look super fab, or that pretty bag that will go with so many of your outfits, or that pair of sexy stilettos that make your legs look slimmer? Why not indulge and buy it, finally? Consider it a gift to yourself. They call it “retail therapy” for good reason.

Another idea is to buy a special piece of jewelry – be it a pair of earrings, a bracelet, necklace, or ring. Every time you wear it, you’ll be reminded of your accomplishment and it’ll motivate you to keep going, even when times get tough.

5. Finally try something you’ve been wanting to do

If you’ve been staying up late too many nights for work, maybe it’s time to schedule something that will make you leave the office early, something you’ve really been wanting to do. It could be a crafting class, a workout sesh at the gym, or salsa dancing. Whatever it is, give yourself the gift of time to do something that makes you feel good and fulfilled.

Already decided on your choice treat? Here’s a tip on how to get it: use your BDO Credit Card! BDO's Delights Promo lets its Credit and Debit Cardholders or American Express Credit Cardmembers experience Good Meals, Good Deals. From food trips and salon visits to shopping and staycations, you can avail of instant discounts and instant freebies*. Click here to know more.


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Treating yourself from time to time is a must. After all, what’s all that hard work for if you don’t get to enjoy it,right?

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