Our expert says:
I know the situation you describe rather well. When we grow up poor, we grow used to being very careful about money ; and even when in later life we may be able to afford some small extravagances we really enjoy, we easily feel guilty about spending anything on ourselves. It's important to respect yourself enough to recognize that you deserve occasional treats and enjoyment, and that, in moderation these are good for your physical and mental health, and will enable you to continue being as valuable to other people as you usually are.
When you start to have thoughts that doubt whether your chosen treats are justifiable, just remind yourself firmly that it is your money, which you earned, and that you are already more generous towards others than mos people are. Them swat away further thoughts of that kind, as though they were annoying flies buzzing around you, and refuse to take them more seriously than that.
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