How Healthy Is The 'Treat Yourself' Mentality?

October 08, 2018
Everyone knows that I am the biggest advocate for 'treating yourself' and I will always believe that at the end of the day, you've always got yourself in this world and so you should treat yourself right. However, I've been having a little think lately about the 'treat yourself' mentality and actually, to what extent is this healthy and when does it become a problem?

How Healthy Is The 'Treat Yourself' Mentality?

Treating yourself can come in all forms; whether it's a pamper evening after a long day at work or a shopping trip but in this post, I'm mainly going to be focusing on the type of treating yourself which leads to money being spent and potentially, the purchases of unnecessary items.

Before I started at University, I would only treat myself every couple of months but now, as I'm in my second year, I find myself buying things every couple of weeks, sometimes every week and this is where I think there's a problem. I'm buying things that I used to save for ages for, contemplate buying multiple times and ask everyone I know whether it would be worth it in a split second now, just because I can and I absolutely hate it. This is something that I'm really trying to change because while I appreciate everything that I buy, I don't want to shop just for the sake of it. In my Learning To Control My Finances post, I spoke about how I buy things when I'm bored and this just isn't healthy, in my opinion.

I have things to save up for like the wedding, moving in with Josh in third year and then there's the things that I want to save up for like a new camera. I can't do these things if I keep buying items just because they are on sale or because the discount has increased from 10% to 20% on UNiDAYS. It's not a sustainable way to live.

I think that it's so easy to get into a cycle of treating yourself loads in a matter of days but then being broke until your next pay comes in and really, when you write it down, it's not healthy at all. It's easy to get into the cycle but really hard to get out of it.

I'm not saying that we shouldn't be treating ourselves because like I said, I will always promote this idea but I think I need to moderate and basically, reduce the amount that I'm treating myself. I want something to show for the money that I've worked hard to earn, rather than just a couple of Primark t shirts and a new lipstick.

So to conclude, treating yourself in moderation can be one of the best things to do for yourself. Treating yourself often to things that you don't really need and you're only buying them because you can is not so healthy and is definitely something I am going to be trying to stop.

What is your opinion on the 'treat yourself' mentality? I'd love to hear your thoughts!


  1. I'm exactly with you. Treating yourself in moderation is a good thing. My problem is usually when I feel I don't have the cash and I treat myself, then I get that horrible feeling of guilt afterwards. It defeats the purpose doesn't it. Helen x

  2. I think treating yourself is good, but only to a point where you can afford it. If you have more important commitments, and would put yourself in debt just to treat yourself, then its a no for sure.

  3. Totally agree with this! I'm proactively trying to stop unnecessary spending xo

    Char |

  4. I definitely need to stop my 'treat' days as they are getting a little out of control x

  5. I'm terrible for the treat yourself mentality! If I have a bad day, or week or I have a big pay day at the end of the month I'm always treating myself as I just think, you only live once... But I definitely need to reign it in a bit more and think about the rainy days x

    Gemma Louise


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