We put up with a lot during the Autumn months. The drop in the temperature, the bitter winds and driving rain, the dreadful weather we have to drag our kids to school in, getting out of bed in what feels like the dead of night to get ready for work…the list goes on. So when the darker nights finally land, why not treat yourself to a little self-love and pampering? Sure you can cheer yourself up with a top designer handbag, but your bank balance might not thank you if you do that every time it rains…So, what other options do you have?
Well, if you’re looking for a little inspiration then read on for your guide to self-pampering.
Switch up your hair colour
In honour of the changing seasons, why not switch up your hair colour? Whether you’ve got a tried and trusted box dye, or you have a particular hairdresser that can work wonders, it’s now time to ditch those summer highlights for richer, subtler tones. You’ll feel instantly refreshed and ready to take on whatever Autumn can throw at you. Not to mention all the compliments at the school gates – who doesn’t love a confidence boost?
Read – outside.
Yes. On those rare drier days of Autumn where we can really see and appreciate the beauty of the season, you can take advantage of the still winds and crisp air by wrapping up in a thick blanket or two and settling down outside to read a few chapters of your favourite book. Bring a cup of hot chocolate to enjoy under the golden leaves in your snuggly jumper and you’ll probably finish the whole book.
Treat your skin
Harsh winds, heating turned up to high and cold air that literally bites and your hands and face… Autumn and winter can be harsh on your skin, so don’t neglect it. Add a bit of indulgence to your skincare routine, so after you’ve cleansed and toned, massage some thick, indulgent moisturiser into your skin, one that’s full of hydration boosters and a gorgeous scent. And Treat yourself to a facemask or two so your skin will glow no matter what the weather is doing.
Get some quality time
A weekend away with the person you love or just time with good friends and a good movie is great for boosting your mental health. Head to your favourite city or weekend retreat with your other half and try some new restaurants or visit your favourite haunts, enjoy the memories and make new ones while you’re there.
Smart phones and social media is part of our ever day lives, but actually having a digital detox is a really good way to treat your mental health to some much needed TLC. Try a week away from negative comments and staged photographs, political arguments, unrealistic body goals and stop comparing your life to those of old school friends that you never see or speak to in the real world. Your self confidence will thank you for it.
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