Self-care tips for valentine’s day

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

I’m spending valentines alone,

What about you?

Spending Valentine’s day alone is nothing to be embarrassed about. This day, heavily commodified not to mention cheesy, in no way needs to be celebrated with a significant other. It’s a day used to celebrate love in all of its forms.

So what a better day to spend loving yourself. Below are some self-care/love tips for valentine’s day (& pretty much every other day)

Self-care tips

  • Light a candle

There’s something about candles that really lift the mood. In 2009, a study by Keville & Green reported that scented candles and oils can help to improve depression and anxiety, amongst other psychological imbalances. So if you’re feeling down, lighting a candle is the start of a great little pick me up.

  • Read a book

With the steep the rise in the usage of technology and social media, taking breaks from our electronic devices is extremely important. Picking up a tangible book (if you like reading) is a great way to filter out all the noise from the outside world. Only 6 minutes of reading a day can reduce stress by up to 68%.

  • Treat yourself

Valentine’s day has been marketed as the day of giving gifts to those you love. However, this rarely includes ourselves. Well, today we are changing the narrative and treating US!! Stuck for ideas? Saabirah has an amazing self-gift guide where I’m sure you’ll be able to find something you love.

  • Write down some affirmations

Affirmations are basically your way of talking to yourself as you would talk to your best friend. It is the core (in my opinion) of self-love, empowerment & positivity. Take the day to write down some positive affirmations on post-it notes & stick them up where you can see them. This can then become somewhat of a daily routine

Valentines day playlist

In the cheesy spirit of valentines day, I’ve put together a few of my favourite tracks that feature love (or the lack of) as the main theme

  1. Honesty x Pink Sweat$
  2. Lost in London x Asiahn
  3. More than words x Isabella
  4. Mile High x James Blake (Ft. Travis Scott)
  5. Riot x Summer Walker
  6. Won’t get lonely x Notifi
  7. Woman’s intuition x Hudson East
  8. Nights like this x Kehlani (Ft. Ty Dolla $ign)
  9. Could’ve been x H.E.R (Ft. Bryson Tiller)
  10. Pretty little fears x 6LACK (Ft. J. Cole)
  11. Ain’t love strange x Eli Sostre
  12. Small conversations at parties x Derek Pope
  13. Sweet ride x Rini (Ft. Nasty Mars)

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/playlist//pl.u-MDAWvM3uRYD3Ny

Things to do in: Grenada

Grenada, also known as the isle of spice is a small island in the Caribbean situated between Venezuela and St Lucia.

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve visited the island. However, this is the first time that I’ve been able to explore the island and soak in the amazing history. There are so many things to do in Grenada, Some of which I will share with you in this post.

1. A trip to the chocolate factory

The Diamond Chocolate factory is one of the 2 chocolate factories on the island. Located in the parish of St Marks, the locally owned chocolate factory should definitely be on your list of places to visit. Not only do you get to tour the factory, you also get to taste all of their amazing flavours. The 60% Nutmeg is by far one of my favourites.

Did I mention that all of their products are vegan-friendly?

2. A relaxing beach day

BBC beach (Morne Rouge), is one of the smaller, quieter beaches in Grenada, perfect if you’re in need of a relaxing beach day. Grand Anse beach, on the other hand, is much more populated. Being the closest beach to the tourist ships, there is is an abundance of things to do here. From water excursions to restaurant hopping along the beach stretch, there’s bound to be something suited to all.

3. A dip in the sulfur springs

The sulfur springs are yet another way to relax on this beautiful island. I can’t remember the exact science behind how the sulfur mud & waters were formed (something to do with volcanos). But don’t let my lack of scientific knowledge put you off. This naturally occurring sulphur mud supposedly does wonders for the skin. You can apply and rinse off in the hot springs, or if you’re not up for it, you can always buy a bag of sulphur to take home & use as a face mask (like I did).

4. Take in the history at Fort Fedrick

Fort Fedrick was erected in 1779 by the French and still maintains a lot of the original features. Aside from all the history that awaits to be learnt, the fort also offers some amazing views of St Georges. An amazing place to catch the sunset too.

Anyway, that’s my list of 4 things to do in Grenada. Honestly, Grenada is such a beautiful country, and no I’m not just saying that because I’m from there (bias alert).

I’ll be adding more pictures to my photography page, feel free to check it out.

Thanks for reading 🙂