Whether it’s the latest cold doing the rounds or the hangover of a particularly bad night’s sleep, it’s hard to get a handle on anything at this time of year.
Yup, the Winter blues have hit and you may have found yourself saying “It’s been one of those days” far too regularly.
But when plastering on a smile and soldiering through doesn’t cut it, it’s time to admit you need a little break. To help get some well-deserved and much-needed ‘me time’, here’s five of my favourite treats guaranteed to turn your day around.
Get an early night
Is there anything better than climbing into a freshly made bed after an exhausting day? Spritz a relaxing lavender pillow spray, make a cup of calming camomile tea and settle in for an early night with a good book. You’ll wake up feeling reinvigorated and ready to take on the world.
Have some screen time
Grab some snacks, a glass of wine and a cosy blanket, cause you’re spending the evening binge-watching your favourite shows. You can’t beat girl-power noughties classics like Gilmore Girls or Buffy the Vampire Slayer for a feel-good hit, but so long as it makes you laugh and cry. Emotional breakdowns over fictional characters are good for the soul, I swear – it’ll do the trick.
Find a signature scent
Getting stuck in a fashion rut and wearing the same two outfits over and over is an instant mood-killer. Give yourself a cheap style shake-up by treating yourself to a new signature scent. Fragrance Direct has some of the best perfume offers around, so have a browse and experiment with a smell that’ll lift your spirits. Pick one with a decorative bottle, like Marc Jacobs Daisy, and you’ll also get a beautiful new addition to spice up your dressing table.
Write a gratitude journal
Get into the habit of filling out a gratitude journal every evening, even on bad days. Keeping track of all the good things that happen in your life – small and big – is a great long-term way of improving your happiness. You can even download an app that lets you note down all the things you’re thankful for whilst on the go.
Grab a sneaky takeaway
Yes, yes, I know – a new year is supposed to be all about healthy eating, but you don’t need to force down salads and kale for every single meal. After a hectic day, you deserve a good dinner. Chinese, pizza or a pasta splurge – whatever your poison of choice, indulge your cravings guilt-free for one night of the week.
How do you wind down after one of those days? Got any top tips for relaxing?