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Happy Valentine’s Day 2022. I know lots of people who always lament this day of all things love as they think it’s only about couples/relationships and is a tacky, commercial holiday. Fair enough, you could argue those points, but I also think it’s about putting yourself first too. A bit of ‘me time’ goes a long way, doesn’t it? If we can’t love ourselves, how could we expect anyone else to? Love aside, it could simply be a day of down time for yourself to recharge your batteries. More so in the midst of a pandemic that, despite what the lifting of restrictions would have you believe, continues to affect nearly everyone I know.

Me time for myself is a bit of quiet reflection. The last half a year has been tough for some isolated personal reasons, but I never let depression drag me down. Knowing when we aren’t in tip-top form is half the battle towards fixing the issue. Today will be a day spent having a nice takeway dinner with my hubby and little guy, and chilling out at home. Nothing better than that to de-stress.

This is also my first Valentine’s Day ever without chocolate. Since 25th January I’ve been back on keto as a way to manage my sugar addiction. I had been planning to make almond flour keto buns instead, but it’s better for me to lay off any substitutes for the confectionery that so badly controlled my life until these past few weeks. The battle continues, daily, and I’m weak. I’d rather stay strict until I’m in a better place with it all.

Whatever you are doing today, whether by yourself or with others, then have a lovely Valentine’s Day and make sure to give yourself some much-deserved tlc!

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

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