I have a confession to make… I am a perfectionist.
Your typical Virgo; a type-A personality that is over-organized and holds everyone around me to the highest of consistency and standards.
It’s definitely a blessing and a curse. While I can always be relied on to follow through on important responsibilities, this constant urge to dot every “i” and cross every “t” does not allow reprieve from my struggles with anxiety one bit.
Often times, I will go through periods of extreme dedication or productivity immediately followed by stretches of inactivity, mostly because I burned out from going 100% without blinking. And it’s in multiple aspects of my life – everything from work, to friendships, and even health and family.
New studies have shown that small indulgences are a key part to maintaining discipline towards any health plans, work tasks, or other attempts in self-improvement. This is why I’ve made significant efforts to maintain a better balance when dealing with living healthier, organizing work and family, and even managing friendships and other social interactions. For example, I always have a bit of a sweet tooth, but often will try to suppress it entirely. But often, that strategy only artificially increases my desire and causes distraction and destroys momentum.
Lately, I’ve been focusing on rewarding myself for tiny achievements. And it can be anything, from finishing up some long-procrastinated chores, finally completing a work project that has been on my to-do list for months, or sitting through a rough wait at the DMV.
My current favorite reward is to indulge on a pack of thinkThin Protein Cakes, especially after building up enough motivation to clean the house, bust out a writing marathon, or prepare a healthy dinner for the family. These tasty little packs of magic provide 12g of protein and come in three ridiculously good flavors – birthday cake, chocolate cake, and red velvet. But, the key is that I don’t feel bad for giving myself these little treats, as each serving contains 170 calories and 1g of sugar. Plus they’re gluten free and contain no GMOs.
So although everything in my being wants to stick to strict rules without exception, I have to admit it does feel a bit nice to bend my rules and appreciate the hard work I put in and reflect on some of my accomplishments from the last several years. These mini celebrations help to break up the rigidity of life, especially when they are birthday cake flavored.
Do you ever reward yourself? If so, how?