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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Feature: Is Social Media Doing Us More Harm Than Good?

Imagine. You wake up refreshed from a deep sleep, uninterrupted by the occasional buzz and vibration of social media notifications on your smartphone through the night. The first thing you do when you wake up in the morning isn’t scrolling through your Instagram feed to check whether you’ve missed anything important during the night, and subsequently getting a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out) – before you’ve even got out of bed. Your journey to work isn’t spent frantically attempting to get the very best Boomerang of the scenery on the way to share to your followers. You’re not surrounded by robotic commuters glued to their smartphone screens, aimlessly scrolling their lives away.

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The Instagram Generation: Is It Actually All a Bit Shit?

I’ve been meaning to write a blog post about this for a while, because I have pretty strong views on social media as a whole. I’ve written a couple of features about the correlation between social media use and mental health struggles, and I’ve based lots of my essays at University on social media in journalism. It’s a tricky one, this, because I’m an active user of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – the latter is primarily to promote my blog and actually get people to read it. But even so, I still feel like a hypocrite for saying how unhealthy I think social media use can be, when I’m an active participant in it.

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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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