Why You Should ‘Treat Yo’ Self’ On The Reg

Here are three words for you: Treat Yo’ Self.

While these three little words may not seem significant, they have the possibility to change the way we live our lives.

First we have to understand where this phrase comes from. Back in 2011, Parks and Recreation coined the term in the episode “Pawnee Rangers.” In this episode, Donna Meagle and Tom Haverford spend an entire day treating themselves to expensive clothing, lavish spa treatments and other extravagant commodities.

And the world was changed for the better.

What does it mean to Treat Yo’ Self? Overall, the concept is pretty simple. Suppose one day you’re window-shopping and you stumble upon the most flame pair of shoes you have ever seen. You know you would look hot in those kicks, and in this moment they are the only thing you want in this world. What do you do? Treat. Yo’. Self.

Treating yourself can be a hard concept to grasp, especially considering the fact that we live in a world where compulsive spending is frowned upon. I know that I personally have a hard time coaxing myself into splurging, even if it’s on something I really want. My guilty conscious is always there to remind me that I should save my money instead of dropping $50 on a new outfit, a few books or a couple of vinyl records.

We have to learn that it is completely okay to spend money on ourselves. Sometimes a little self-love costs money! If you want to get a fresh haircut to feel good about yourself or book a massage appointment because you’ve been feeling a little stressed, by all means do it. If you don’t do it now, you may not ever do it.

Yes, the $300 plane ticket you just bought so you can see your best friend may take some money out from this month’s budget – but will you ever be any less busy than you are right now? Some good things are worth acting upon, and we can’t delay everything enjoyable to wait for a financially stable future that may or may not happen.

Now, I am not saying that you should excessively spend money to try and hide your insecurities or unhappiness in life. If you can’t afford to spend $1,000 on an over-the-top spa weekend, don’t. However, if your budget allows it, don’t be afraid to spend a little dinero on something you’ve been craving.

Obsessively saving every penny “just in case” means that your spending habits are controlled by fear and can create negative energy in your life. By treating yourself, you trust your life, and you know everything will be all right. After all, life is meant to be spent, not saved.

We all have a limited time on this planet, so why would we not treat ourselves when we have the chance? We should celebrate your lives instead of worrying about the “what-if” scenarios that could potentially wipe out your entire savings account.

In the mood to have an ice cream sundae topped with fudge, brownies, and every other chocolaty substance found on earth? Treat yo’ self.   Itching to own the same pair of shoes Drake wore in his “Hotline Bling” music video? Treat yo’ self. Dying to see that movie that comes out on Friday? Treat yo’ self. Okay, I’ll stop, but only if you promise to treat yo’ self, today.

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Allison Underhill

Editorial Contributor, Indiana University Major: Journalism and Spanish Her heart belongs to: pineapple pizza, her cat, The Office, mint Oreo milkshakes, music, Harry Styles' man bun and being the world's greatest dad Take her away to: anywhere with a good book and an endless supply of chips and salsa

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