I didn’t plan to make this a blog post but I had such a great experience I figure it would be selfish of me not to share.
If you are even a little ambitious, you are likely pretty busy. The tools that are meant to make our lives more efficient also manage to turn us into multitasking machines. When I list out all the things on my general to do list – I wonder myself how it “all” gets done.
- Be a good mom to a 7 month old and a 13 year old
- Be a present and loving wife
- Excel at work
- Lesson plans for my FIT class
- Give my coaching clients stellar guidance and career developing advice
- Design T-shirts and maintain teecherie.com
- Keep this mane from looking like a disaster
- Go to the gym (yeah.. about that)
- Stay in touch with friends
- Post witty things on social media
- Remain in the loop and informed on current news
- Invest for retirement
- Sleep enough???
You get the point – and the list goes on. I recently decided, I am not going to run on fumes because you can’t pour from an empty cup! Recharging to me means to unplug (ish), rest, get inspired, write and do what feels good to the body (stretch, sleep, dance, breathe). Basically doing whatever is necessary so you don’t lose it.
Recently, I took my mom for a belated mother’s day outing to SoJo Spa Club in New Jersey. And it was a treat for me as much as it was for her. I visited the spa for the first time with Yahve and let me tell you, this place is as close to heaven as I have ever gotten. Five floors of treatment rooms, saunas, baths, pools, steam rooms, lounge areas… do yourself a favor, go for 8 hours.
And you are probably thinking this place is expensive – well, it can be if you choose to get a lot of treatments but you could also spend the day napping on the roof, dipping in the 5 different pools they have and bouncing around the saunas – infrared to charcoal, this place has it all. It’s $75 bucks to enter if you aren’t getting a treatment. That’s a small price to pay for a little serenity.
My mom and I suana’d, had lunch, napped, got salt therapy (additional cost), took naps, dipped in every pool. We debated going down the water slide but we both chickened out at the last minute… because hair. I left my phone in a locker most of the time which helped me disconnect and zen tf out. By the time we were headed home, I was putty – feeling relaxed and recharged.
When I take the time take care of myself I find my tolerance for the intolerable is higher and I am in an overall better mood. So for me, self care is less of a nice to have and more of a necessity.
PS – Those who don’t drive, there is a shuttle. Oh and there’s a party room so could be a fun place for birthdays and bachelorettes.