Valentine’s Day tends to be very focused on couples, romantic gestures and a whole lot of red roses!
My wish is for there to be a day each year that focuses on the importance of loving ourselves.
You don’t need a lover to feel the love.
I have said it for years; the relationship you have with yourself is the most important relationship and the foundation of a healthy life. So, it is very important to make that relationship a positive one.
This Valentine’s Day, I want to encourage my JSHealth girls to do something special for yourselves.
Could you prioritise doing just one thing for yourself or scheduling in some self-care time?
You will be amazed at how these small acts of kindness can help you to build a better relationship with yourself and your body.
My suggestion is to schedule in 30 minutes of nourishing yourself on V day and any day!
These are some of the things I genuinely do for myself each week:
- Make yourself a bubble bath after work/school, enjoy a cup of tea and listen to some calming music.
- If you are near the beach – schedule in an ocean swim and reading time. 20 minutes is all you need!
- Book in a Thai massage for the day or in the coming weeks – they are the cheapest option too.
- Treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure (or both!) and some time away from your phone.
- Enjoy a healthy baking session with yourself or some girlfriends. Make our Chocolate Dipped Fruit – recipe below!
- Call a friend you love and tell her what she means to you – this immediately makes you feel good and fuzzy inside!
- Hop into bed with a JSHealth dinner, Netflix and chill. There is nothing wrong with some alone time to relax. Don’t judge it.
- A movie with some gals and vino is always a good option.
- Take some time off social media and enjoy some time in nature instead.
- Head to a park or beach and relax with a podcast and a JSHealth snack!
As you can see, there are lots of ways you can nourish yourself this V Day.
You are amazing and you deserve to feel the love.
Always, J xx
Chocolate Dipped Fruit
- Fruit of choice (we used strawberries, kiwi fruit, star fruit and figs)
- Dark chocolate (we used 85% Lindt)
- Finally chopped nuts or choice (we used pistachios)
- Break the chocolate into pieces and place in a heatproof bowl. Bring 2 inches of water to a gentle simmer in a small saucepan and place the heatproof bowl in the top of the saucepan. To ensure your chocolate doesn’t burn, make sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl. Stir the chocolate while it melts. When only a few small unmelted chocolate chunks are left, remove the bowl from the heat, the residual heat will melt the rest.
- Line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Dip your fruit into the dark chocolate, followed by the nuts of choice, if using. Place the chocolate dipped fruit on the lined baking tray.
- Repeat this process with the remaining fruit.
- Place the tray in the fridge to set the chocolate.