Hopefully I’m not the only one who feels burned-out sometimes. You know, the weeks when it gets to Thursday and just the sight of your computer makes you want to hurl it across the room. Or when you husband asks you how your day was and you just roll your eyes at him.
Burnout to greater or lesser degrees happens to many of us. So what do you do? How do you relax, unwind, and unplug without spending five-thousand dollars on a trip to Tahiti? Yes, this is my standard go to when I’m feeling stressed: I’m moving to Tahiti, that’s somewhere in the Pacific right?
Even Suze Orman, personal financial guru, thinks it’s okay to treat ourselves every once in a while. She has some tricks for how to make it count without taking out a loan. (See Suze Orman’s article “The Tricks to Treating Yourself, from O, The Oprah Magazine, Oct. 2015, for the whole article)
1. Her first suggestion is to make sure the splurge is something you really want, something that you will treasure. This is probably not a t-shirt you’re going to where once and then have it sit in your drawer for five more years.
2. Second, she suggests making it special. Spend on an experience, make sure it’s something different, out of your normal routine (I’m guessing this doesn’t mean a fourth can of diet coke), or splurge on time creators. Pay the teenager across the street to rake your leaves and catch a movie with a friend.
3. Third, make sure what you’re spending money on is something you really want.
4. Fourth, if it’s something big, make a budget, don’t put yourself in debt to get a little R&R.
As for me a walk, grabbing a coffee or drink with a friend, or catching up on my favorite TV series can be enough to help me reset my week and save me $500 for a new laptop. Enjoy your fall!
All the best,