What comes to mind when you see this word? Personally, its a Lindor chocolate truffle commercial or a perfume commercial. But really, when you indulge yourself, you are satisying a craving for something; and this can be anything. It doesn't have to be food, although that is what the word is implies.
Anyway, I have found that a little indulgence goes a long way.
Today I went to an art studio and fused glass to make a shallow dish (for the first time!) and it was the most relaxing and fun thing I had done in a few weeks. It was so peaceful and fun that I was a little sad when it was over. But after that, I had the world's best frozen yogurt in the world. Sfter having typed that sentence, it seems a little redundant because clearly if it's the best frozen yogurt in the world than it's the world's best. Oh well.
I see people all the time - my friends, my family, random strangers - who seem unhappy, stressed, tired, overwhelmed, and in a hurry. They are always doing a bunch of different things, rushing from point A to point B, and not slowing down to do one enjoyable thing.
But if you make a point to stop, every so often, perhaps once a day or once a week, and indulge yourself in something that you love, you will feel more rejuvenated and excited to do the things that you have to do.
It's a simple sort of philosophy, almost like a balance. If doing your duties - to your family, friends, and work - outweighs your "me time" to a large extent, you will be so consumed that you won't be able to give anything to yourself. And in reverse, if you deny your duties and indulge yourself too much, you will no longer feel purpose.
So indulgence is not something to shy away from. Every so often, indulge yourself. It really pays off.