Monday, July 6, 2009

Cookie Jars Aren't For Cookies!

Cookie jars aren't just for cookies!

Is the cookie jar the first place you go when you are looking for a treat or comfort? Many people are programmed to think that food is a reward or a way to find comfort, or even as a distraction when you're bored. There are lots of ways to reward yourself and lift your spirits that don't involve food. It's time to give your cookie jar a makeover.

First get some small slips of paper and write down ideas for things you like to do in your spare time - that don't involve food. Write down activities that take just a few minutes, and a few that take longer. Write down things that are fun and relaxing. Here are a few ideas:

  • Have a cup of herbal tea.

  • Reading a book.

  • Calling a friend (put that person's number on the paper).

  • Put together a photo album or a scrapbook, perhaps that before & after "I got healthy".

  • Listen to relaxing music or a book on CD.

  • Take a long relaxing bath.

  • Go for a walk.

  • Draw or paint a picture, or paint that room that has been waiting for so long.

  • Hit a few golf balls, dance, or swim.

  • Do a crossword puzzle or Sudoku puzzle, helps keep the mind sharp.

  • Spend time on a hobby, if you don't have one - now is the perfect time to get one.

If you fill your cookie jar with different ways to relax and find comfort you won't even miss the cookies. Just remember that when you reach for the cookie jar and pull out that slip of paper, do what it says!

Blessings for a Glorious Day!


  1. Hi Susie!

    This is an Awesome idea! I don't have a cookie jar in the kitchen, but your post inspires me to pick one up at the store!

    It's so important to find "ME" time and this is a wonderful way to make it fun! This would also be a great activity for the kiddos to do, too.

    Thanks for another great post!

    Many Blessings....

    Roxanne and Hugo
    Believe Achieve

  2. Hi Roxanne,

    I'm glad you like the idea, I just thought of another take on the cookie jar,inspired by you mentioning your kiddos. Have you ever seen the cookie jars that come in sections? I've seen some that are 3 parts that come together to form a whole, animals are some that I've seen. The head is one, the middle is one, and the tail is one, and when you put them together it makes a whole animal. One section could be for you, one for the kiddos, and the middle could be for the family to do together. I think I'm going to get mine back out and try that with my family.

    Have a great weekend, thanks for your positive input,