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Finding Nonfood Ways to Reward Yourself

Getting Started

When you're working toward a health goal, it helps to reward yourself along the way. Try to think of non-food rewards that can help motivate you and add something to your life—but without the calories.

Here are some ideas.

  • Give yourself 15 to 30 minutes of "me time."

    Think of things that you don't normally do but are easy to do at home. For example, you might:

    • Read or write in a journal
    • Take a nap.
    • Watch a fun show or video.
    • Listen to a podcast or some favourite music.
    • Play a favourite game.
    • Call a friend.
  • Go on a mini-adventure.

    It doesn't have to cost a lot or be planned in advance. You could:

    • Take a walk in a new or favourite place.
    • Browse the library.
    • Attend a free event or class.
    • Wander through a thrift store.
    • Enjoy a cup of tea in a relaxing place.

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Current as of:
December 17, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine