In the words of Mr Justin Bieber, “you should go and love yourself”. Valentine’s Day for some can be depressing. Instagram posts of loved-up couples canoodling over candlelit dinners, pictures of bright red roses and the infamous “boy done good” hashtag, but whether you’re in a relationship or not I think it’s really important to embrace the day of love and treat yourself in the process.
Nowadays everyone is always so busy, myself included. My days are spent in university lectures and workshops, staring at a computer screen and frantically ringing sources for journalism projects. I then rush to the gym, rush home, quickly eat and shower, only to sit down and work on my assignments late into the night. I feel like sometimes I have very limited time to myself so I’m making sure this semester that I try to find that work-life balance.
It’s so important to love yourself and to let your mind and body rest. So, as it’s Valentine’s Day I thought today would be the perfect opportunity to share with you the ways I do just that.
1. Have a hot bubble bath.
Fill up the bath tub, throw in a load of bath bombs, light some candles, hop in and relax. There’s nothing better than lying in the tub until your fingertips go all wrinkly and letting your mind drift off into a distant land. I love using the Comforter Bubble Bar from Lush, as it smells absolutely delicious with its berry fragrance and calming cypress oils, and afterwards leaves your skin feeling silky smooth. Then pop on a pair of fresh pjs and sink into your freshly made bed. Now that’s what I call heaven.
2. Netflix and (actually) chill.
As much as I love to get up and go, sometimes there’s nothing nicer than taking a day out with a fluffy blanket, some snacks and a Netflix series or some trashy TV that you’ve secretly saved on your Sky planner for a rainy day (ahem, Teen Mom 2 is my favourite). I’m currently loving Pretty Little Liars and am on a mission to catch up with the current series as seeing these random tweets and pictures are getting my all kinds of confused!
3. Work out.
For me working out isn’t just about looking good, it’s about feeling good too. As soon as I’m in the gym, whether I’m slogging away on the treadmill or lifting weights in a fitness class, I feel myself relax, my stress lift and my worries drift away. It’s so strange how I can go into the gym feeling seriously stressed out or worried about an assignment, and on leaving I have a much more positive outlook and am feeling ready to tackle the task ahead. After working out I love to have a lovely warm shower and a plate of dinner piled with veggies. There’s nothing like looking after the body to help the soul.
4. Get out into nature.
Living in a city means that life is often consumed by the sounds of sirens and car horns beeping, but getting out into nature is absolutely key to enlightening the mind and soul. For Valentine’s Day today Dan and myself headed to the seaside and it’s amazing how much better I feel after breathing in that sea air. I miss being in the countryside so much when I’m studying in Cardiff so any opportunity I get to be out in nature is grabbed with both hands.
5. Read a good book.
This is something I really wish I had more time to do, but with so much university work to do I’ve had to let this one go a little. When I start reading a good book I literally cannot put it down, so I try to save any possible good reads for when I have a little more down time. Nevertheless, reading a book or magazine is a great way to unwind, especially before bed. I always feel like I sleep better after doing a little reading.
6. Pamper night.
Definitely my favourite kind of night! Whip out a face mask, give your nails a fresh coat of paint, slather yourself in some sweet-smelling body butter (I love the Coconut Body Butter from The Body Shop) and give your brows a good plucking. Let’s be honest, we can all let ourselves go a little when times get crazily busy, so giving yourself a little TLC can leave you feeling all shiny and new. There’s really no better feeling!
7. Get off social media.
Easier said than done, I know, but while social media can be a friend, it can also be your worst enemy. Think of the time and energy we all waste scrolling aimlessly through our boring news feeds and getting caught up in the latest social media gossip and scandal. Turn your phone off and have an early night – recharge your batteries and refresh your mind. You’ll be amazed how much better you’ll sleep when you haven’t been staring at a bright screen for hours!
What’s your favourite way to relax?
Lots of love,