Over the last year, I’ve spent a whole lot of time on myself. I’ve done more self-work, spent more time alone and learnt more about myself than I think I ever have in my life. I’m not going to lie, it’s been pretty hard work. Sometimes it’s been lonely, sometimes it’s been tough, but what I’ve got out of it has been so worth it.
I didn’t realise how lost I was until I started coming back, and now it’s like I’ve found myself again, but a way more authentic version of myself, and one that I am at last learning to really like.
But, it turns out that this whole being yourself thing is a lifetime of work.
I don’t think I will ever stop learning. There’s always more to scratch away at when it comes to uncovering my true self, my purpose. There’s always more that I could do to love and accept myself for whoever that girl is that I keep uncovering.
And when it comes to self-care, it’s definitely way more of a project than you’d think! Whenever things get busy, it’s always the first thing to go out the window, to get pushed down to the bottom of my to-do list. The way we’ve been taught to think basically makes us feel guilty for doing things that are just for ourselves, or for our wellbeing rather than for a more “productive” purpose. It’s really hard to break out of. Honestly this time last year I really really struggled to just do nothing and look after myself. I found it really difficult to stay in when I needed to chill instead of always feeling like I had to go out and do something exciting, or see people and be exciting. It might sound sad but it actually makes me so happy to just stay in and do nothing on my own now, and I’m so happy that I can finally appreciate it! Turns out being happy doing nothing really is an art…
I feel like January is the perfect time to indulge in some self-care and practice the art of doing nothing. When we need to, of course. I love Christmas – it’s one of my favourite times of year – but it’s only afterwards that I realise just how tiring it is! Even though it’s so much fun it’s definitely a lot more stressful than I realise. I think everyone in my house felt like they needed a bit of a time-out this year after the mad festive rush was over.
It’s easy to get caught up in the “new year, new me” hype in January, start making resolutions and goals, getting excited about the fresh-start possibilities of a new year and starting a new fitness regime/healthy eating kick/new job hunt! But actually I found this year that instead of rushing full-speed ahead into the next year, I needed some time to just look after myself after the end of the last one. And I’m sure I’m not the only one! For me, it’s always easier to make more plans, come up with new ideas or start another exciting project than it is to just stop and be.
Instead of making resolutions, I decide on a word or phrase for the year ahead. This year it’s letting go.
So with that in mind, I’m spending my January being good to myself instead of just getting caught in that “shape up for the new year / work even harder / set unrealistic goals for yourself only to let yourself down and feel guilty within two weeks” kind of January vibe.
As much as we all feel a bit broke, over-indulged and tired in January, I do actually think it’s an important time of year to treat yourself. The January blues are real, people! And we need to do whatever we can to overcome them. I always feel low in January, I always seem to have this idea in my head that after the excitement of Christmas is over, then it’s basically the end of the winter too! When in reality it’s just beginning and the long, cold, grey slog of January and February really is the worst.
So what better time to treat yourself to something just for you and your wellbeing to make you feel good and brighten up the grey months? Cue – a spa day!
Going to a spa has always been the ultimate treat for me – who would have thought that just taking one day off to treat yourself could make such a difference to how you feel?
It might sound like an unrealistic luxury to take a spa trip in January if the state of your bank balance is anything like mine, but it’s actually a great time to go because it’s the best time of year to nab a spa deal!
My absolute favourite place for a January spa break has got to be Champneys. I’m super lucky that their most beautiful location in Henlow Grange is just a short drive for me too – it’s really the most gorgeous luxury venue for a spa escape ever! If you haven’t tried it, I’d definitely recommend having a look at their site here. Of course all their treatments are absolutely gorgeous but to be honest even just going in for a day at the spa to use the facilities and classes is enough of a treat in itself! The hotel and its surroundings are just beautiful, the pool and sauna/steam room is really lush and the restaurant is to die for!
At the moment you can get day access with 50% off – money well spent for a day of ultimate relaxation if you ask me – you’ll feel like you’ve had a holiday even though it’s just a day trip!
I definitely need the tlc at the moment – it might sound silly after just having so much time off and so many treats at Christmas-time, but January really makes for a low mood, low energy kind of month for me: I need to look after my body, get rest and exercise, eat lots of nutrients, relax and look after my skin. I’ll take any excuse to have a spa day and when it’s this beautiful? Well it would be rude not to!
If you need more Spa inspo or want to find one near you then Champneys have venues all over….find your nearest one here or check out my review of one of my other favourite spas here. I’m also trying out a new one in Cambridge next week so watch this space – it’ll be on my instagram next week!
Who else is treating themselves to a bit of tlc this January? Do you have any other spas you love – please send recommendations my way!
This post was sponsored by Champneys but as always, all words and opinions are my own. To find out more about their Spa locations, treatments and prices visit their website here.