Blue Monday is nearly upon us, what is apparently the most depressing day of the year. As someone who suffers from clinical depression I can't really comment on the truth in this and some say it's a PR stunt, but even if so we can use it for good if we take it as an opportunity to properly address our stress levels, workload, social life and more and hopefully recognise and acknowledge that we all need a break every now and again. I'd be lying if I said I didn't get annoyed by the chirping of duvet days and self care days being the cure for depression because that just isn't true, but I can't deny that when I'm feeling run down and 'sad' a day or evening where I can push work completely out of my mind is a great tonic.

I've put together a little list of some of the things that I consider to be my cosy time treats, the kind of goodies that either I don't have very often or that just seem special and fill me with a feeling of warmth and joy. Granted mine may be very different to yours, so why not make a list of the things that you would include in your perfect cosy day at home?


After meeting some of the Aromatize team at a conference last year they've become my favourite place to grab candles, wax melts and essential oils to burn at home. I'm a very scent oriented person (my perfume collection testifies to this) and so making my home smell comfy and luxurious is really important when I want to relax. Here are three of my current favourites:


I'm definitely a shower girl most of the time, but I do believe that reading in the bath by candlelight is one of life's pleasures. Whether you'll be enjoying a glass of vino or a hot chocolate while in the tub, a lovely smelling soak that makes your skin super soft is a must and these are some of my faves:


Is there anything more world transporting and relaxing than reading a good book? My fictional tastes are pretty much entirely for stories set pre-1960, in particular anything that is wonderfully descriptive about the fashions, foods and differing cultural norms of those times. The odd biography will also grace my bookshelf but I confess that my largest collection is of cookbooks which I love to snuggle in with and read like most people would a story - Nigella Lawson and Nigel Slater's books are fabulous for this as they talk so nostalgically about food and how it is more than just fuel. Three of my top picks are as follows:


Obviously from this little selection you can tell that I am very in tune with my sweet tooth, but honestly another of my favourite homebody meals is a big selection platter of delicious nibbles. Cured meats, pickled veggies, cheeses, breads, fruit - a real mix to be picked at while watching a film or flicking through a favourite magazine. If you too like a bit of the sweet stuff though, you can't go wrong with these beauties:

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