There’s nothing like a bit of personal space and spending time alone to clear your head. Once you’ve set the time aside, here’s how to use it wisely this Spring.
1. Read: How many times have you picked up your book and only managed to read one page or worse still, one sentence, before something or someone distracts you? The reason to treat yourself to a good novel is to lose yourself in it, but how can you if you don’t give yourself the gift of time too?
Make a point of escaping your world and entering someone else’s, even for just 30 minutes a day, by booking it into your schedule. We recently read ‘The Note’ by Zoe Folbigg (£5.59, Amazon). Based on Zoe’s real-life experience, this oh-so romantic, inspirational, feel-good story is about how Maya Flowers meets her ‘train man’ on the morning commute. Turn off your phone and enjoy.
2. De-Clutter: They say having a clear out helps to clear the mind too. But having a spring clean of the house is one thing (chore), detoxing your beauty stash is quite another (pure satisfaction).
Did you know that all makeup products have their shelf life written on the packaging? Meaning that if you devote time to having a makeup sort-out every so often, you’ll never have to deal with congealed foundation, flakey mascara or crumbly eyeshadows ever again. Give your makeup brushes a wash while you’re at it with StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer (£39.99). It cleans and spin dries even the most clogged-up tools in minutes.
3. Pamper: Need we say more? It does wonders for your wellbeing if you invest in some regular beauty time, especially before bed for a good night’s sleep.
Soak in a bath using Legology Exfo-Lite Stimulating Bath Salts (£42) to energise and lighten your legs and light a scented candle with the lights dimmed – we love JOGB Living MOJO Sensual Candle (£65).
4. Relax: With all the blue light warnings and advice on limiting screen time, who’d have thought your smart phone could contribute to soothing the soul?
Calm is a meditation and mindfulness app that has actually been recommended by psychologists and mental health experts.
The app has guided meditation techniques, breathing programs and relaxing music there’s even a product to go with it; Spray a bit of Calm Spritz Sleep Mist £19.99 onto your pillow and listen to one of Calm’s Sleep Stories as you inhale the good stuff for a session of sheer relaxation. Who said doing nothing was counterproductive?
5.Just for YOU: Food writer and owner of Rosie’s Cafe Rosie Lovell believes that preparing a delicious lunch is the best use of those sacred ‘me’ moments; “No one is asking me questions or pawing at me for cuddles,”
she says. “I simply put my fierce little daughter to bed and get cooking.”
Here’s Rosie’s recipe for the perfect alone time.
“These eggs are so simple and savoury. The method is fool-proof too: basically make any kind of saucy business, even a simple curry, crack in the eggs, place a lid on top and simmer until cooked to your taste. Essentially poached in a tasty bed of joy.”
- 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
- 1 shallot, finely sliced
- 1 clove of garlic, smashed with the side of a knife
- 3 plum tomatoes, roughly chopped
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- ½ tsp honey
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 fresh green chilli, finely sliced
- 2 medium free-range eggs
- 50g feta
- a handful of fresh dill, chopped
- pitta to serve
Warm the rapeseed oil in a pan – which has a fitting lid – on a gentle heat. Add the shallot and garlic and sauté gently. It doesn’t matter if it browns a little.
Now add the chopped tomatoes, turmeric and cumin, honey and salt. Simmer for 5 minutes on a gentle heat. Push down two beds with the back of a spoon and crack the eggs in each space.
Scatter over this the chilli (as much as you like), feta and dill. Place a lid on top so that the eggs steam to cook. When the whites are firm and the yolk is soft they are done, about 7 minutes.
Serve with pitta drizzled with good olive oil for maximum joy and savour each moment of silence.