Back on track thanks to self-care time

I feel like a new woman after some self-care time and new hair!

The last couple of weeks have been testing to say the very least – thankfully I feel like I’m coming out the other side.

I’ve had a lovely break over Easter taking two days off work as holiday; as well as having Friday and Monday off as Bank Holiday’s and of course the weekend too.

I actually spent Wednesday and Thursday on my own as Steve was at work. It was actually just what I needed – some time for self-care.

Do you ever just need some time for yourself?

As many of you know, I was away at the beginning of March.

I had a disaster return journey with a delayed flight, an unexpected night in a hotel and returned home a day late.

I missed Mother’s Day and celebrating our anniversary.


Then I came down with an awful bout of food poisoning which left me feeling extremely fatigued for weeks.

On the plus side, I think I’ve lost some weight and Steve spent Mother’s Day with my Mam!

And thankfully I’m on the mend now.

So having last Wednesday and Thursday off was a real blessing and couldn’t come soon enough!

Wednesday I spent working on my blog giving it a spring clean with a fresh bright look and I got four blog posts drafted too.

Thursday was finally haircut day!

I’d had to cancel my appointment twice due to being snowed in and then being too ill to attend.

If you read my 30 things I’d like to do before I’m 30 post you’ll know I was torn between going darker or lighter.

After a chat with my new hairdresser we’ve got a plan and on Tuesday I had some subtle caramel highlights to just lift my hair.

As I’m growing out my hair Kirstie assures me will mix it up to stop me from getting bored and chopping it all off again!

I’m quite excited and I trust her judgement.

I spent Thursday as a bit of an indulgent pamper and a real self-care day.

I had an hour long bubble bath with my favourite beauty treats – in the middle of the day! I had a long soak relaxing with my Kindle and then I had some of my favourite music playing with a candle to add to the ambiance.

I enjoyed a face mask and body scrub too. I felt so much more relaxed.

On Friday Steve and I were on a mission to the Metro Centre with baking goodies on the shopping list.

I decided Saturday was the day I would bake my very first cake and I actually did it!

With the help of Steve, I baked a milk chocolate ganache cake with white chocolate shards and mini eggs on top.

I don’t think it looks too shabby – what do you think?

I’ll share the recipe and how I made it in Sunday’s blog post.

I had a really lovely long weekend, spent with Steve, family and friends.

If you read my Easter family traditions post you’ll know that we had a Christening to attend followed by a family roast on Sunday and it was a special day.

We brush up ok don’t we?!

And finally I was able to have chocolate on Sunday and it was sooooo good to have it back in and around my face! You’re never too old to get chocolate goodies on Easter from your mam and dad!

My mam’s Easter roast did not disappoint.

I enjoyed turkey and roast beef with all the trimmings with a slice of my milk chocolate genache cake for dessert.

Steve also bought me these gorgeous earrings too. I was thoroughly spoilt.

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I think it’s really important to take some time out every now and again to look after yourself.

Do you have any self-care tips? Let me know in the comments below.

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23 thoughts on “Back on track thanks to self-care time

  1. Andrea says:

    I have the exact same problem with my hair color!
    I was born with dark hair, but I quite like going lighter. Especially now that Spring is coming!

    Self pampering is the best and that can best be done when the hubby/boyfriend is away 😉

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  2. Fiona Maclean says:

    Me time is really important, isn’t it! Even though a lot of the time I am doing lovely things, I actually like just curling up by the fire in front of the telly or with a good book. Your haircut looks really swish – and yes you do both brush up well!

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  3. Gary says:

    Self care is an absolute must for mental well being IMO.If that drops away then everything slips with it, even how people perceived you. A few hours to oneself can help structure thoughts too. My former therapist once said my life was out of balance. Not enough things relating just to me against the number of things I did for everyone else. That and ensuring fun things to look forward to countered work and chores.

    Self care days are a must. Wish I’d found that out ages ago though lol.

    Good post Rachael.

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