Indulge yourself...

Winter can be hard on both mind and body and it's important to keep your spirits up during the colder months. So making time to indulge yourself amongst the stresses and strains of day-to-day life can really make a difference.

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Book a spa day – High on many a woman's list would be a day at the spa – manicure, pedicure, massage or facial – make it a date and come out feeling refreshed and ready to go.

Soak it up – It's amazing what a hot bath can do. Just light the candles, crack open a bottle of Shiraz, put on your favourite music and relax (cucumber slices and mud pack optional!).

Breakfast in bed – Eating in bed always feels remarkably decadent. If you can persuade your partner to do all the hard work, you'll get a wonderfully lazy hour to catch up on the day's news and enjoy a cuppa under the covers.

Peace and quiet – It's rare these days for any of us to enjoy doing nothing. But if you get five minutes to yourself, switch off the TV, close your eyes and forget the shopping list. Nothing can be surprisingly restorative.

Lunch with pals – If you're more likely to grab a sandwich and eat at work then a long lunch with pals is a simple way to indulge. Forget the time (when able) and put the world to rights – you'll be smiling in no time.

'Me time' – All too often, we're so busy dealing with the day-to-day chores that we forget the things we used to love. Revive an old interest, take time for something you miss or even take up a new hobby.

Spoil yourself – Splash out on an outfit or gadget that you've been after for a while. You don't have to go mad to enjoy a spot of retail therapy.

Dinner and a show – The perfect way to indulge yourself as a couple. Take a trip to the bright lights of the big city and treat yourself to a slap-up meal before taking in a show or a movie. For extra indulgence, book a hotel room for the night.

Go Nigella – Ditch the diet (just for a moment) and whip up something truly indulgent to eat. Cream, chocolate, wine... take a leaf out of Nigella Lawson's book and make food fun again.

Siesta – The Spanish have it down to a fine art, but we Brits rarely take an afternoon nap. Catch up on your sleep and you might just wake up feeling like a new person.

What are your tips for a little self indulgence?