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

How To Make Your January Amazing

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January can feel like such a long month and often a little flat. The evenings are dark and the hustle and bustle of Christmas is all over.

Over the last few years, I have learnt to really embrace January. It’s a fresh start, a clean slate. I like to think of it as a brand new book, 365 pages to create whatever you dream of! So this month, I thought I would share with you how you can make your January amazing.

Reflection…

The first thing I do is to take some time to reflect on the previous year. As humans, I think we can often be so quick to look forward to the next “thing”, the next goal we want to achieve. But how often do we look back to appreciate how far we have come? A lot can change in a year and whether that’s good or bad, there will always be experiences to learn from.

Dream Big…

I’ll also create my dream jar. This contains all my wishes and goals for the year. I write them all down on a piece of paper, fold them up and place them inside the jar. Each day I’ll pick one out and read it out loud. I then close my eyes and visualise that wish or goal coming true.

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Make It Happen…

Each year, I create a vision board for the year. This is kind of like a mood-board for all the things you want to bring into your life! If you are reading this thinking; “What on earth is a vision board?” I’ll explain. A vision board is a selection of pictures that you collect from magazines, Pinterest or wherever else you want to. The pictures resonate with something you’d like to do or something you’d like to feel. Maybe somewhere you would like to visit or something you would like to buy. One rule for your vision board though is dream big! If you’ve ever read the book “The Secret” you’ll know that Law of Attraction, (LoA) is a really powerful thing. Once my vision board is created, I hang it on my office wall so that I see it and connect with it everyday.

So my question to you is, what do you want to do in 2019? What do you want to experience? Why not create your own vision board or dream jar and see what dreams you can make come true… I would love to know your wishes for the year ahead, so why not share it with me in the comments section below.

Whatever this year may bring, I hope it’s full of our dreams coming true!

Love, Nina x

First Time Spray Tan? Here’s All You Need To Know…

We all know that feeling a tan gives us, somehow life just feels that little bit better. I’ve been spray tanning for over five years and truly believe that it’s so much more than just a coloured solution being applied to your skin. It’s a mindset game changer and not only improves the appearance of your skin, it makes you feel happier, more confident and slimmer! What’s not to love?

However if you are new to spray tanning,  I completely understand that the thought of getting semi naked  in front of a complete stranger, mastering the “moves” and getting to grips with sticky feet can feel like a daunting experience. But I promise you, the results will be so worth it and I’m here to guide you through everything you need to know…

It all starts with the preparation! This is key and will help you get the very best from your tan, by exfoliating regularly to remove all those dead skin cells prior to your tanning appointment, you will create the perfect base for your tan to be applied.

At your tanning appointment, be completely natural. Remove all jewellery, moisturiser, deodorant and perfume. We will go through a full consultation to ensure the right solution is picked for you and your skin tone. Also, don’t be afraid to tell me your story, is your tan for a special occasion? How well do you tan in the sun naturally? All of this information will help me create a beautiful, bespoke tan just for you.

When it comes to taking your clothes off, it’s completely normal to feel apprehensive, nervous and vulnerable. However, I will do all I can to put you at ease. I will ask you you to step on to self adhesive pads (known as sticky feet) to avoid any tan being transferred to the soles of your feet. I will then apply barrier cream to specific areas to avoid the tan being too heavily absorbed. I’ll take you through step by step each of the moves to ensure that you have a tan you’ll feel proud to wear.

Once your tan has been applied, we will discuss all of the aftercare and I’ll share some tanning tips with you to ensure that you get the very best from your tan for as long as possible.

All that remains for you to do whilst your tan is developing is absolutely nothing! To get the best results, wear loose fitting clothes, keep cool and relax!

If you would like any additional information about spray tanning or would like some tanning tips, feel free to pop a comment below or come and join me over on my Facebook page.

In the meantime, be the beautiful you!

Love,

Nina x