My Favourite Pick-Me-Ups to Treat Yourself this Valentine’s Day

For the majority of single folk, any mention of the words ‘Valentine’s’ and ‘Day’ in the same sentence can bring about an eye-rolling sense of dread. I’ve certainly been guilty of this in the past, but my mindset seems to have changed somewhat in 2019. Being a massive lover of self-care (I mean, who isn’t?) I think there’s no better time than V Day to show yourself some serious love and appreciation.

Whether you have a bit of cash to splash, or if you’d rather stick within a budget, there are loads of bits and bobs on the market that are just perfect for little self care pick-me-ups. Here are my personal faves.

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My Experience Using CBD Oil & Why I Would Absolutely Recommend It

Well, it’s safe to say that the new year has gone off to a pretty good start. I’ve been aiming to eat healthy (dropping a couple of pounds in the process – go me), I’ve been going to the gym again, and I’m putting my all into my day job and my uni work. I’ve also been lucky enough to land a collaboration with Salve Herbal, a company which specialises in providing high-quality CBD products. As a sufferer of anxiety, I’d heard how effective these oils can be in relieving pain and giving a general calming effect – without the psychoactive effects of, well, weed – so I was more than eager to try it for myself and see how it affected me personally.

The company, based in Covent Garden, provides a range of products, ranging from 5% to 20% hemp oil drops. I’ve been using the 5% drops, which you can buy here – with a cheeky little 5% discount.

I thought the best way to give an insight into how these drops work, and ultimately, how they actually make you feel, would be to make a good old-fashioned bullet point list of a few things to know before incorporating CBD oil into your life.

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3 Crucial Life Lessons I’ve Learnt This Year

I can’t quite believe that we’re now in December. Like, how is this a thing? It only feels like yesterday that I was singing Take That on karaoke in a Grimsby pub last New Year’s Eve. Two words: easily pleased. Anyway, I’d be lying if I said that the last few weeks have been good. In fact, they’ve been bloody shit. Without going into too much detail, one of the closest people to me in my family is poorly in hospital, I finally understand why people say the third year of uni is soul-destroying, and I think it’ll be a long time before I learn to trust again. The last few weeks have been like something out of a bad dream, without the waking up part. But we all have our bad times, don’t we? I know that I will come out of this a stronger person, because I always do, and I know that these feelings won’t last forever. Because they never do.

Here’s some valuable life lessons that I’ve learnt in 2018.

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How my Tweet About My Scar & Body Empowerment Turned Into a BBC Article

So, it’s pretty fair to say that last week was a bloody good week. It all started when I woke up at 8am on Friday to watch Princess Eugenie’s wedding. Yes, I did do that – and no, I don’t care. She may be one of the lesser-known royals, but she is still royal, and that’s a good enough excuse for me to get my royalist hat on and cry without shame at how beautiful she looked.

She wore a classic, elegant backless number that showed her scar from a spinal operation she had aged 12, simply because she’s not ashamed of it – she’s empowered by it.

This struck a chord for me, because I have a 6-inch scar on my stomach from an emergency operation I had aged 18.

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24 Things You Learn by the Age of 24

Twenty bloody four. Sorry, but how is that even possible? It only feels like yesterday that I was chugging a bottle of Frosty Jack’s on a Grimsby field with Basshunter on repeat.

(This isn’t a recent thing. I was 15 – although I am a bit partial to Basshunter every now and then.)

I actually turned 24 at the end of July, but I’ve been so busy trotting across the globe that it hasn’t really sunk in until now. Being jet-lagged and drinking countless cocktails doesn’t really gel well, which is why I don’t have a very clear memory of this year’s birthday. That probably has something to do with it too.

But the reality would sink in eventually, just like it always does. The reality being that I am approaching my mid-twenties, which is just downright terrifying.

Here’s 24 things you learn by the age of 24.

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