Top Ten: How to love and pamper yourself

It won’t be long until Cupid draws his bow once more. Yet Valentine’s Day isn’t just for smitten couples. The occasion offers the perfect excuse to pamper yourself too. Keep reading for 10 great ideas to treat yourself this February (and the rest of the year).

Candles in a spa

Spend time at the spa

It may seem obvious, but relaxing and unwinding with spa treatments can do the world of good for your body and mind. Pamper sessions can help to reduce stress and tension.

You'll find lots of oils, scrubs and body wash at www.boots.com or www.superdrug.com Or if you want to have the full pampering experience at a spa day, without breaking the bank, many deals pop up on www.groupon.com at this time of year.

Get away from it all

Though the weather can be unpredictable in February, exploring the great outdoors is not only a way to get fit or burn off any indulgence, but it can be good for your brain too. Interacting with nature can improve concentration and boost memory.

If you like being active, go for a bike ride. The National Cycle Network has hundreds of routes for all abilities. Find them at www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/national-cycle-network

Or if you'd prefer to take it easy, simply slip into your trainers and enjoy a walk in the countryside.

Watch a performance

Is your favourite band coming to town or a must-see show in your local theatre? Enjoy an exciting night out by treating yourself to some hot tickets. Attending a live show can be good for you – from raising your spirits to discovering something new.

You'll find a range of concert tickets at www.ticketmaster.co.uk or head to www.atgtickets.com for theatre tickets.

Shut off

Today, many of us are at the beck and call of technology. We must answer every beep or buzz from our mobile phones, computers and other smart tech. Disconnecting from it all and engaging with the world around you will help you recharge.

What's more, enjoying a little peace and quiet costs very little! Read the book that's been sitting on your shelf or listen to music your friend recommended.

Plan a holiday

You've escaped the January blues, so what better way to treat yourself than by booking a holiday. Whether you want to take a staycation in Britain's picture-perfect countryside or head to the sun, planning your next trip will give you something to look forward to.

Catch up with friends

Experiencing the new restaurant in town is a great excuse to get out of the house and get the gang together. Spending quality time with friends, is an instant mood-booster.

For purse friendly discounts on dining out, head to www.wowcher.co.uk

Try retail therapy

How are your New Year resolutions coming along? If you're struggling to stick to them, rewarding yourself with a trip to the shops can be a small incentive when you reach a goal – whether it's a new gadget that everyone is talking about or the latest styles you've seen in a fashion magazine.

Have a culinary makeover

If your weekly meals are feeling stale, why not give your recipe bank a refresh with some new dishes? Tucking into the same meals each week can get a bit dull, yet by exploring different ingredients you can add some excitement to each day and give your taste buds a real treat.

Want some inspiration so you can expand your culinary horizons? Check these recipes out: www.healthyfood.co.uk/52-healthy-dinner-recipes-for-2018

Learn a new skill

Learning doesn't have to stop when you leave the classroom. Gaining a new skill can give you a sense of achievement and improve your confidence. If you're passionate about sport, pop down to your local sport centre and sign up to a new activity for beginners. Or if you love music why not try learning to play a musical instrument? You'll find tips on learning instruments at www.bbc.co.uk/music/playitagain/learning

Enjoy a pick-me-up

Treating yourself to a Starbucks for a Grande Vanilla Latte, instead of sipping on your regular hot drink in the office, could give you a quick increase in motivation for the rest of your day. Or satisfy your sweet tooth by adding some chocolate into your weekly snacks?

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