Embracing self-love this Valentine’s Day.

Whether you’re single, in a relationship, newly engaged or happily married, I can’t express how important it is to indulge in a little self-love this Valentine’s Day, and at any time of the year in fact. Us “millennials” are always so busy. Working hard all week, taking on extra tasks in order to boost our career prospects, working out, spending time with friends on the weekend and constantly engrossed in social media. Sometimes you need to switch off, zone out and completely take time to think about yourself

The ways in which I do this are simple. I take time out by going for long walks in the countryside, with nothing but the pitter patter of my dogs’ feet and the squawking of a red kite overhead to accompany my thoughts. I enjoy going to the gym, music blasting through my headphones, pushing myself to the limit and ridding my mind of the stress of the working day. I love having a piping hot shower and taking the time to indulge in a little pamper session, giving myself a fresh pedi and applying a thick layer of sweet smelling body butter onto my freshly-washed skin. I also love sitting in bed with my candles burning, listening to the wind howling and the rain beating against the window panes as I’m all snuggled up. 

The time in which I make to do these things is often few and far between. While I always make time to work out, I usually find that I head straight home from the gym to have a quick shower and sit with my computer, working on job applications and blog posts late into the night, until I’m so tired that my eyes are watering and I can barely drag myself to bed. Or I’m sat at my computer desk all day, working through my lunch break, and am left feeling grouchy when all it would take would be a quick stroll in the sunshine to lift my mood. 

I’m determined that 2017 will be the year of change for me, and I’m taking any chance to indulge in a little self-love and to take really good care of myself. After pushing myself to absolute extremes last year, whilst studying for my Masters and interning and living away in London, I was left feeling deflated. Incredibly proud that I’d achieved so much in twelve short months and had learned so much about myself and the world in the process, of course; but also completely exhausted, very tired and in dire need of some time out. 

I’m sure many of you feel the exact same way too, so let’s make a pledge to take an hour or so each day to do something for ourselves. This could be something as simple as a kicking ass in a workout class, or popping to Tesco to pick up some gorgeous new blooms to brighten up your workspace. It could be cooking a deliciously wholesome meal to enjoy with your partner, or sitting on the couch with a book and  fluffy blanket, getting completely lost in the story. 

No matter how big or small, take a little time out to do something for you this Valentine’s Day. 

Lots of love. xoxo

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24 Comments

  1. Amanda
    February 14, 2017 / 12:12 pm

    This has definitely inspired me to be a bit nicer to myself today I fully plan on painting my nails for the first time in ages now tonight! xwww.rhymeandribbons.com

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 16, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      Aw thank you! πŸ™‚ I hope you had a lush evening. xx

  2. Parie Joshi
    February 14, 2017 / 12:32 pm

    Love love love this post!Parie xClass and Glitter

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 16, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      Thank you Parie! xx

  3. alittlekiran
    February 14, 2017 / 4:17 pm

    I love this post, I tend to stay up late worrying and overthinking everything and most of my blog stuff is done at 2am haha. Really good advice! Thank you for sharing and Happy Valentine's Day! XxALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 16, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      Thank you so much πŸ™‚ I always do this too haha! Trying to get to bed a little earlier. xx

  4. - Karen
    February 14, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    Yes to self-love! I feel like I'm finally getting there with a routine including me-time and down-time! Loving this post and hope all is well with you hun!Style Sunriseβ˜€:)x

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 16, 2017 / 9:29 pm

      Thank you lovely! I'm really good – I hope you are too? xx

  5. kerstinix
    February 15, 2017 / 1:13 pm

    Such a beautiful post! You're so right. I always catch myself preaching self love when I actually very often neglect myself. Will definitely hop into the bathtub tonight πŸ™‚ Love, Kerstin http://www.missgetaway.com/

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 16, 2017 / 9:29 pm

      Thank you lovely πŸ™‚ I hope you had a fab evening! xx

  6. Lubna
    February 15, 2017 / 1:17 pm

    It's definitely good to force yourself to have a break from the virtual world – easier said than done I know, especially on cold days when it's tempting to just have lunch at your desk. But you end up feeling so much more refreshed and recharged after. I guess it's hard juggling blogging with full time work and trying to have a social life. You can burnout easily though if you don't take a moment for yourself to just relax and chill, so I totally agree with this post. – Lubna | The Digital Review

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 16, 2017 / 9:30 pm

      Definitely easier said than done but I always feel so much better after it! Thanks for a lovely message πŸ™‚ xx

  7. Karis Brelsford
    February 15, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    Love this post!!

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 16, 2017 / 9:30 pm

      Thank you! xx

  8. Layla Sprinkles
    February 15, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    Such a lovely post – this is beautifully written!!! Hope you had a great day!!Layla xxhttp://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 16, 2017 / 9:31 pm

      Aw thank you – that means a lot πŸ™‚ xx

  9. Gemma Magpie
    February 16, 2017 / 4:11 am

    Such a great post and I totally agree! Self love is so important because if you don't, who will?! xx Gemma β™‘ Miss Makeup Magpie

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 16, 2017 / 9:31 pm

      Thanks Gem, you're so right! xx

  10. Georgia Weedon
    February 16, 2017 / 7:00 pm

    This is a really great post! I completely agree. It is so important to take time for ourselves xMapped Out | Beauty & Fashion Blog

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 16, 2017 / 9:30 pm

      Thank you so much lovely! xx

  11. Harriet Day
    February 17, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    I love this post, I agree with everything you said. It's important to show yourself some love we often forget. I wrote a similar post to this over on my blog.www.harrietday.com

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 20, 2017 / 10:43 pm

      Thanks so much Harriet πŸ™‚ I'll check out your post! xx

  12. Kirsty Leanne
    February 18, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    I know it's a little late as it's not Valentine's Day anymore, but I loved this post. I really need to learn to love myself more!Kirsty Leannehttp://www.kirstyleanne.com

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 20, 2017 / 10:43 pm

      Thank you lovely! It's got to be done everyday of the year in some way! xx

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