These are a few of my favourite things – Girlie time and day spas
It’s taken me a long time to get into the habit of taking time out for me. I’ve always been a restless person, always on the go, juggling fifty bijillion things all at once in both my work life and personal life. It wasn’t until I became really unwell a few of years ago, that I realised I needed to schedule in time to unwind. At the time, I was working full time and travelling interstate A LOT for work. I was also studying part time, trying to finish off my Business degree. I really did not have any ‘down’ time whatsoever, and my health suffered significantly. In the end, I was advised by my Doctor that I had to slow down and take better care of myself. It was hard for me to concede that I was not Wonder Woman (although I would happily dress up as her) and that I couldn’t do everything all at once all the time. So, I made a vow to myself that I would make a concerted effort to schedule in time to not do anything related to work or study, and everything related to relaxation and ‘me time’. This was when my dear friend Cass and I decided to start our regular pamper sessions at Endota Day Spa. Every six months or so, generally around End of Financial Year (we both work in the Financial Services industry), and our birthdays (between September and December to mutually celebrate getting older), we would schedule ourselves in to have an hour long treatment mid-morning, then head off to brunch at Nano which is located in the laneway behind the day spa. This is what we had the last time we had our ‘date’….
Our treatment, called the Mind treatment, would consist of the following:
- billabong footbath and organic foot scrub
- back massage
- foot massage
- arm massage
- scalp massage
- body brushing and moisturising
We would book a ‘double’ room where we could have the treatment in the same room together, so we could chat whilst being pampered. On this particular day, my therapist was Alex (really lovely guy) who happened to be Cass’s therapist the last time we had a treatment!
I’m not really a ‘girlie’ girl when it comes to this stuff (I’ve never had a facial, manicure or pedicure), but I really love my day spa sessions, and I love being able to share it with one of best friends. How am I feeling now? A lot better since making more of an effort at maintaining a better work/lifestyle balance. I’ve also taken up meditation, which has helped me tremendously. So, what is the moral of the story? Don’t underestimate how important it is to take some regular time out for yourself. Don’t wait until you burn out, like I did. Prevention is always better than cure.