Pamper Yourself this Valentine’s Day and Beyond

 Love thyself should be your mantra starting now!

As we get caught up in the busyness of life and all its trappings, Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to escape and indulge in much-needed “me time.”
Whatever your relationship status is, pamper yourself with some self-care rituals. Although these are essential throughout the year, they are all the more important on a day dedicated to love. Don’t know where to start? Here are a few ideas to get you started. 
Whether you love the outdoors or prefer the comforts of home, these seven activities will help you create little moments throughout the day to pause and enjoy your own company.
Get out in the open

Enjoying scenic views is just one reason to hop on a bicycle.

See some of the best sights in Singapore by getting in on the cycling craze that has hit the island. Join one of many bicycle tours available or navigate through this incredible, archipelagic city-state via Park Connector Network routes that offer car-free trails in and around parks, green spaces and coastlines.
Whether you’re breezing down manicured cycle paths or tackling rugged trails, cycling brings a host of health benefits including improved mental well-being, a strengthened immune system, reduced stress levels and more! Cycling is also great for your heart — although not just because you love riding so much! According to an article by the Singapore Heart Foundation, you’re 1.5 times less likely to develop heart disease by staying active. 
If you see yourself cycling mostly on pavements and as exercise, a road bike or fitness bike is a good choice. For those who are looking to cycle on road and gravel paths, a hybrid bike like the Riverside 100 from Decathlon is a wise pick. A versatile folding bike is probably the right fit for practical cycling on a daily basis. Finally, if you’re considering riding entirely off-road, a sturdy mountain bike is king.
Discover the Riverside 100 hybrid bike as well as a range of mountain, folding, road bikes, and more at the Decathlon experience store located at The Centrepoint. Approach any of its friendly sports advisors for the best advice based on what you need. There are also Decathlon Click & Collect stores located at Tiong Bahru Plaza and Waterway Point
Listen to the sound of music 

Whether on the go or relaxing at home, enjoy an exceptional combination of versatility and superior sound.

Isn’t it interesting how hearing a particular song can bring back a special memory or make you feel happy, calm or pumped up?
Studies have shown that music can improve mood and facilitate opportunities for emotional expression. So, when you’re having a bad day, there’s nothing better than playing an uplifting and joyous song as loud as you can. The bright musical tones and lyrics will change or elevate your mood and empower you for the day ahead. If you’re looking to wash away stress, search for playlists that contain a lot of ambient and quiet music. 
Immerse yourself deeper into every detail of sound by investing in a good pair of headphones. Your music will sound clearer and crisper, with bass that doesn't sound muddy, and highs that aren't quite so harsh. You're also likely to get a better soundstage, which is the sensation you get when you close your eyes and ‘feel’ like you're listening to a live performance. 
Step up to great wireless sound with the new HD 450BT from Sennheiser. Delivering active noise cancellation, high-quality wireless codec support (AAC, aptX™ Low Latency), and Bluetooth® 5.0, this headset gives you superior sound with deep dynamic bass.
Shop Sennheiser and other notable brands including Bose, JBL, Sony, and more available from Challenger located at Bedok Point, Changi City Point, Causeway Point, Eastpoint Mall, Hougang Mall, Northpoint City, Tampines 1, and Tiong Bahru Plaza.
Drink to your health

More than a mouthful of goodness, nourish the body and revitalise the skin with bird’s nest.

A sip of this premium healing food brings about a sense of calm. The purpose of high-quality bird’s nest is to restore the balance in your body, the yin and yang, as well as improve general well-being. 
Said to have anti-ageing properties, promote cell regeneration, and boost immunity, bird’s nest drinks have become increasingly popular, especially among those who are looking to reward themselves with a refreshingly textured treat.  
A slew of bird’s nest concoctions by brands like Eu Yan Sang has reinvented this traditional tonic much to the delight of a new generation of health-conscious consumers. There is a comprehensive range of options to cater to a wider range of taste preferences including no sugar, reduced sugar, rock sugar as well as pearl powder and collagen. Each bottled goodness is free from artificial colouring, artificial flavouring, preservatives, stabilisers and is certified halal.
Do wonders for your health by indulging in Eu Yan Sang’s superior bird’s nest, located at Causeway Point, Hougang Mall, Northpoint City, The Centrepoint, Tiong Bahru Plaza, White Sands, and Waterway Point.
Appeal to your sense of smell

As interest in self-care flourishes, scented candles have become indispensable.

We love scented candles because they can be used to create an idyllic atmosphere. Because a candle throws a light on a relatively small area, it creates a sense of cosiness among those basking in its glow. 
Scented candles also boast aromatherapy properties. Shed the day’s stresses with the healing effects of lavender and vanilla. You can also journey to a place of silent reflection with special blends of eucalyptus and spearmint that help you relax and refocus. Alternatively, awaken your senses with the refreshing blend of sage and mandarin.
With so many options out there, we can pretty much guarantee that there’s a candle just for you. Scent is a powerful thing, so using a scented candle can go a long way in creating whatever vibe you’re going for.
Stay calm, cool and collected with this soothing and herbaceous St. Germain Lavender scented candle by Votivo from Purely located at Tiong Bahru Plaza. It features a soy blend wax and a combination of a paper and cotton wick. It is also free from parabens, phthalates and formaldehyde. 
Treat your hair like royalty 

Be in the ‘hair’ and now when styling your locks.

One of the best feelings in the world is leaving the hair salon with a fresh hair-do. The good news is you can achieve the same result in the comforts of home with the right tools, the right hair products, and a little bit of patience.
Carve out time from your busy schedule to create your own styling station at home. Consider playing some soothing music, lighting up scented candles, and hanging a Do Not Disturb sign on the door knob. 
A well-styled mane is a great way to increase your self-esteem and build confidence, because as we all know, when you look good, you feel good! If you love to straighten your hair, or are looking for ways to achieve curls or waves with less heat damage, the Dyson Corrale™  is absolutely worth the investment. 
Unlike conventional straighteners that use solid plates, the Dyson Corrale™ is the only straightener with flexing plates that shape to gather hair, enabling enhanced styling with less reliance on heat. It also delivers up to 30 minutes cordless styling with the thermal performance of a corded hair straightener. With the cord-free versatility, you can style anywhere, anytime. Around your house or in the car for a touch-up — the choice is yours.

Like every Dyson haircare product, the Corrale™ straightener is expertly engineered with ground-breaking technology to care for your hair. Get yours today at Dyson located at Waterway Point. Now available in limited edition Red/Nickel colourway.
Be comforted with a daily massage companion

Soothe the stress of the daily grind with a portable massager. 

For those of you who are hard at work this Valentine’s Day, take comfort in modern-day inventions that have the power to instantly lift your mood.
One great example is the portable massager. This nifty gadget can be easily carried while commuting, takes up minimal space and is a cost-effective option to get a personal masseuse on-demand. 
Whether you’re using it as a support while you’re on your laptop, getting snug on your favourite couch, or catching a catnap to re-energise, the cuddly OSIM uCozy Heart Neck & Shoulder Massager is your trusty companion.
The ergonomically designed massage nodes of the OSIM uCozy Heart ease tense and aching muscles with its dual-directional kneading action, while its soothing warmth function further enhances circulation. It is also usable for up to 60 minutes with every full charge.
Relax overused and tired muscles anytime, anywhere with the Disney x OSIM uCozy Heart Neck & Shoulder Massager from OSIM located at Causeway Point, Northpoint City, Tiong Bahru Plaza, and Waterway Point.
Read a good book

Reading can invite you to think in new ways, expand your imagination, and escape reality.

It can be difficult to recognise when we’re most stressed out. But carving out regular reading time with a well-chosen relaxing book can help you rebalance and get back on track. 
In fact, a 2009 study by the University Of Sussex found that reading reduced stress by 68 per cent. There's even a name for this phenomenon — bibliotherapy. The concept is pretty much as it sounds: using books as a remedy for all sorts of ills, from heartache to anxiety.
Whether it’s non-fiction or fiction, there’s a plethora of award-winning and best-selling books that can help transport us to new worlds, open our eyes to new things, and escape the hustle and bustle.
With more than thirty-five full-colour illustrations, Love for Imperfect Things by Haemin Sunim will appeal to both your eyes and your heart, and help you learn to love yourself. Dive into The Stranger in the Lifeboat by Mitch Albom — a fast-paced, compelling novel that makes you ponder your deepest beliefs. Or discover the enchanting world of one the most celebrated poets in modern history with The Gift of Everything by Lang Leav — an anthology that includes 35 new poems as well as original and arresting illustrations by the author.
Fuel your mind as you flip through the pages of these titles and more from POPULAR Bookstore located at Causeway Point, Eastpoint Mall, and Northpoint City.
Choose any one of these activities or incorporate a few of them into your self-care routine this V-Day for added satisfaction, because you owe yourself the love that you so freely give others.