By Diana Breault
DHAC Weight Loss Motivator
Ever get through a tiresome workout and feel like you deserve a reward for all your hard work? Maybe you completed your final essay for the semester. Or wrapped up a big promotion that landed an important client. Why not go to the local bar with your pals for a few drinks to calm down those brain cells.
In a society where food is abundant, it is ironic how we can sometimes use food (or alcohol) as a reward. Sometimes, we even abuse it. It’s important to discover different ways we can reward ourselves without indulging in rich foods.
This is especially important for our kids. Rewarding a child with food (especially sweets) is never a good idea. Simple treats can soon become a battle between child, food, and parent. The child may feel as if they “earned” a treat for following through a specific request given by a parent of guardian.
Why not consider other reward options? How about buying that new bag you’ve been eyeing for so long. Or, if you’ve just completed an event like a half marathon, why not work towards a full marathon or even a triathlon? By working hard and remaining disciplined, you probably also saved some cash. Try booking a weekend getaway, instead of jumping into a pint of Ben and Jerry’s.
Rewards are a reflection of yourself. What do you really enjoy? Why do you deserve a reward in the first place? And can you really be satisfied with a slice of scrumptious strawberry cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory? If so, then go for it. After all, we all deserve to splurge every now and again. But, next time, think of a non-food reward. What you really want just may surprise you.
What are some of your non-food reward ideas?