If you haven’t noticed lately, it’s a little cold out (and that’s an understatement). And between my work schedule and being more ill than I have ever been before with this wretched winter bug, I need a serious break.
One way I like to relax and recharge is by spending some time at a spa. Even if I’m not there specifically for a treatment such as a massage or facial, I tend to round up one or two of my closest girlfriends or sisters and spend a day out just being pampered in the numerous facilities spas have to offer. I’m sure there are health benefits to spending a few hours alternating between menthol-scented steam rooms, saunas, solariums, freezing plunge pools and bubbling Jacuzzis – mineral spas were originally believed to have “healing waters” that helped people recover from short illnesses or other physical ailments. For me, I go for my mental well-being! There’s just something so nice about drifting off for a little nap with my favourite magazine in hand poolside to the sound of … nothing and/or quiet music.
Quietness is something we so rarely get these days – especially with my hectic schedule, I very rarely get any time to myself without having to communicate with someone about work in one way or another. I’m either always the one doing the talking or having someone talk at me, which is part of my job, but it can also be exhausting. One thing I love about spas is that it’s generally nearly always quiet and when people speak, it’s hardly ever above a whisper. There’s no chatter around me, so the chatter in my head stops too. It’s a fantastic way to clear my head and the stresses of daily life away.
Not to mention, spending time in heated rooms and ridding your body of toxins in a sauna or steam room is a terrific way to help you feel recharged when you step outside in the cold winter air again. Though I did feel relaxed at the end of my last two winter spa visits, I also felt more energized, awake, and recharged as well, which helped me view the mountain of work I needed to do with a much more positive slant.
It may sound like an indulgent splurge but nowadays, you can access world-class spas through deals on Living Social, Lastminute.com or Groupon, and many include manicures/pedicures, facials, or massage treatments. Another great way to enjoy a spa is as part of your hotel package. When booking a hotel for a holiday or even a short, weekend trip, I always see it as a plus if the accommodation includes a spa. Even a mini “spa”, with just a pool and sauna, can do the trick if you’re really desperate for some rest and relaxation.
So if you’re tired, feeling a bit down, or not sleeping very well this winter, take a tip out of my book and have a spa day – you’ll feel pampered and recharged, ready for the days ahead.
Until the next time, xoxoShow