- Wednesday, 12 November 2014 -
Hello my lovelies! With evenings abruptly descending into darkness and the nip of the cold becoming ever more apparent, it's easy to become consumed by the doom and gloom that winter brings - chapped lips, freezing numb fingers and dare I mention the almighty struggle of leaving your snug bed in the morning? No wonder the animals head into hibernation! Usually around this time of year people are pushing themselves to the max, be it at work, at university or elsewhere, society isn't abuzz with Christmas cheer, it's abuzz with stress: the stress of getting home on time to make dinner, the stress of a mountain of deadlines that need to be met, the stress of the inevitable seasonal shopping spree.
During this hectic period, I make it my mission to find time for myself, whether it's escaping with a good book or allowing yourself an entire duvet day, don't let the idle worries and woes of life get to you, take a step back and take a breath. As clichéd as it sounds, there's nothing more satisfying than arriving home after a long and gruelling day and dipping your toes into that steaming bath surrounded by candles. If, like me you find yourself having an endless cascade of work to do when you come home, thusly ruling baths out, why not treat yourself to a well deserved cup of hot chocolate before bed, or even unwind with your favourite music - indulge in the little things.
It's amazing how even just taking the time to paint your nails or flicking through your favourite magazine can instantly improve your mood. On Monday, I spent an abhorrent 12 hours within the confines of my university, I felt drained and depressed coming home in the pitch black of night. However, that evening I was convinced in casting my work aside and allowing myself some 'me time' so I could recharge my batteries. I lit some scented candles, poured myself a glass (or two) of wine and relished in beauty of doing absolutely nothing, or as the Italians so perfectly put it: dolce far niente.
How do you pamper yourself after a long, hard day?