Are You Being Kind To Yourself?

August Blog Post

I meet women every single day, who before stepping into my tanning tent, say sorry! “Sorry I’ve gained a few extra pounds since I last saw you, sorry about my big boobs, sorry about my stretch marks and my cellulite” 

I completely understand that getting semi naked in front of someone, let alone if it’s the first time we have met, a complete stranger. It can feel like a daunting and vulnerable experience. I remember my first ever spray tan, feeling exactly like many of you do. I was nervous, embarrassed and felt completely out of my comfort zone. I’m sure many of you reading this can resonate with this.

But let me ask you a question, the things you say to yourself about your body, would you say that to your best friend? Would you look your best friend in the eye and mention her big boobs, would you mention her stretch marks or cellulite? For the point of this blog post and because you can’t physically answer me as I type this, I’m going to assume the answer to that question is no. Of course you wouldn’t! We live in a world where we build women up, right? So if the answer is no, why do you feel it’s ok to talk to yourself like that?

Why don’t we build ourselves up? Instead of looking in the mirror thinking about all “the bits” we don’t like, why don’t we think about all the bits we do like? Is it because we are British and can’t take compliments well? Who knows, but hand on heart ladies, all I see when I tan you, is where I can create my magic! For me, there is no better feeling than seeing someone step out of my tent, looking down at their tan line and say wow, that’s amazing! I feel amazing! I love giving you that confidence to wear your new skirt, or helping you feel beach ready!

You are not being judged in any way, you will be made to feel at ease and as comfortable as possible. But most of all I want you to feel the most beautiful version of yourself and own it!

Maybe the next time you aren’t being kind to yourself, replace it with something, no matter how small that you like or even love about yourself!

Until next time, throw kindness around like it’s confetti, but start with yourself first!

Love,

Nina x

Why Self Care Is So Important

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Self care is something that us women often neglect. We can end up putting everything, including others before ourselves. Life is busy, with many of us juggling home, work and family life, so this month I wanted to share with you why self care is so important…

Before I begin, I hold my hands up, my self care routine isn’t that great, however this is something that I am going to work really hard on changing. A lot of it is to do with mindset, we can often feel guilty about taking time out, however to avoid overwhelm and to maintain our health, it really is vital.

Last year, we were doing some building work at home so had made the decision to not go away on holiday, but as a result, I took no real time off. I had become a slave to my business without even realising. We then went away for the first two weeks of January and it was only then, I realised how much I needed a break.

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This kind of ‘lifestyle’ isn’t sustainable and eventually would of turned into complete burnout. So, my question to you is, and I want you to be really honest with yourself; When was the last time, you did something just for you?

We often think that self care needs to cost us money, but it really doesn’t. It doesn’t always have to be a spa day or a weekend away. Sometimes it can just be going for a walk and getting back in touch with nature or having a bath with your favourite candle and glass of Prosecco.

With Valentine’s Day later this month, I think there is no better time to show yourself some love! Why not take yourself on a date. Go to your favourite cafe, have lunch or treat yourself to a shopping day. Even if you don’t buy anything, your body and mind will thank you for giving it a day of just wandering!

So what will you commit to this month, how can you give yourself the gift of some self care? I’d love you to share with me one thing you’ll do this month in a comment below.

Until next time, show yourself lots of love!

Love,

Nina x

Are You Getting Enough Time For You?

As women, we are often spinning many plates on a daily basis. We juggle work, family life, running a home, planning time with family and friends, as well as ensuring the children’s social calendar is all running like clock work too!

At the moment, I don’t have to worry about the child aspect, however I completely get the rest of it and so I want to ask you a question today; do you ever take time out for yourself? I’m guessing there will be a the odd few of you that are nodding and saying yes but I would imagine the majority of you reading this are saying no, and perhaps even thinking, “time out for me”, what even is that?

Well firstly, if it makes you feel any better, you are not alone! I am just as guilty of this as perhaps you are and have to confess, I find it extremely difficult to take time out away from my business. My job is my passion, and I can honestly say, I truly love what I do, hence why I often find it hard to take a step back and do something just for me.

Is this a good place to be? One could argue, no it’s not! Don’t get me wrong I count myself so lucky to have the amazing clients I do and a job that makes my heart sing, however I also need to be realistic, excessive pressure and stress over time can lead to poor health, mental burnout and exhaustion.

This is why “me time” is so important and why I’ve decided to ditch the guilt! I need to change and actually use my day off as a day off, rather than using that time to work on my business. I’m going to spend more days at the place pictured above. I think us women give ourselves such a hard time on occasions. “Pampering” ourselves is often viewed as a luxury, but I now know, more than ever it’s not, it’s actually a necessity! We are no good to ourselves or anyone around us if we are mentally exhausted!

It doesn’t need to take a lot of time or cost a lot of money, just simple things often work well and are easier to stick to, like taking a warm bath full of bubbles, lighting your favourite candle or reading a good book, whatever it is that will help you unwind your mind and body after a busy day, you owe it to yourself!

So here’s to claiming back some well deserved “me-time” ladies because as the famous beauty company always says, “Because you’re worth it!”

Love, Nina x

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