Personally, I don’t think I’ve ever been as thankful for a trend than I have for self care. I’m going to put it out there and say that I do think it is a trend but that I definitely hope that it moulds its way into our lives. Relaxing has, fortunately for all of our sanities, become really popular and much more of a ‘thing’ that we all focus on. Brands are encouraging it, we’re buying more products that are helping us to indulge and we’re not feeling guilty about taking time off anymore.
Finally, actually chilling out and relaxing out max is becoming something that people are accepting and realising that they need. I think there was a time, perhaps late 90 mid 2010s when it was trendy to be a stressed, crazy business woman and unbelievably successful – no matter the cost. Health, family life, mental wellbeing – no-one really cared about losing these if you were running around with a French manicure and a flip phone being important AF. Obviously this was an awesome time for women in business when things were becoming more gender equal but at the cost of what? I think things are levelling out and we’re all getting a bit of work-life balance back, even if we have busy and incredible jobs. At the end of the day, for a lot of us, our jobs aren’t *that* important – I mean for me and my friends, as amazing as it is to deliver amazing results if you don’t, it’s actually OK – nobody dies.
Whether it’s taking time out for yourself to practice yoga, getting your girls together for spa experience days or simply having a bath with those fancy oils you’ve been saving for something special – we’re chilling out and appreciating that we work damn hard. This post has been in collaboration with Champneys Spa and these guys would definitely know out of everyone how to really relax and encourage wellbeing. Champneys core belief is that beauty and wellbeing are much more than skin deep and come from the nourishment of the mind, body, and soul. I definitely believe in the holistic way of looking at wellbeing, you should have it all. Why can’t we?
According to a survey that Champneys conducted that was featured in Metro, 43% percent of women have a spa break or girly weekend with their friends planned for the coming year which is amazing. We should all be taking more time to chill out with our friends. Obviously spa days cost money but if you can afford it or save up for it as a real treat, you’ll enjoy it so much.
Apparently, when it comes to exciting activities, women are keen to spend time with their friends rather than their other halves. What do you think? Would you rather have a spa day with bae or your besties? I really wouldn’t mind either way – I think it depends what the end goal is for you. If you want a full day of gossip and laughs then your besties are probably the one but if it’s having time away from the stress of everyday life with the person you love most in the world, that’s amazing too! Either way, it’s all about relaxing and generally letting yourself be happy and healthy. Basically this post is all about realising that it’s OK to stress but it’s also OK to give in to your stress and take time out when you need it. Drink that wine, have that bath and watch your crap TV if you want to. If that’s relaxing – that’s what you need!