My calendar may be jam packed with social activities, work meetings and run dates, but I also schedule plenty of time for self-care. I seriously think it’s essential and I’ve gotten really good at making it as much of a priority as everything else.
I usually try to block out at least one half day each week for me. Just me. I either take a walk on the beach, meditate, read and take a nap, write, get my favorite latte from Zumbar, get a massage or take a restorative yoga class. The point is, I block out a good chunk of time that doesn’t involve plans with anyone else, work of any kind, or being social in any way. I think I would quickly perish without this sacred solo time. Seriously.
This past Saturday was the ultimate self-care day and something I would love to do every few months. I spent the day at Aquavie Fitness + Wellness Club downtown, all by myself. I first discovered this place (which is located atop the Westgate Hotel) when I went to a FitBit event on the rooftop. It seems to be some kind of hidden gem in the middle of the city.
I started my day with a 60 minute vinyasa class. It was supposed to be on the rooftop with mimosas afterwards, but it was pretty chilly so the instructor moved it indoors. I plan to go back and do this with a group of girlfriends when the weather is warmer. The class was great – awesome instructor and a full studio with great energy.
Afterwards, I decided to get a few miles in on the treadmill because the gym is just way too nice to not take advantage. I ran 3.5 miles while watching the Kardashians (don’t judge me) and then hit up the rooftop pool. It was still pretty chilly but nice enough to enjoy a book and just kick back. I ordered some brunch to be delivered poolside once I realized I was actually kind of starving.
I had some time to kill before my massage so I moved it indoors to the spa, lounged on the spa couch, cuddled up in a blanket with a cup of coffee in one hand and my book in the other. If you know me, you know this is my idea of BLISS.
My massage just took the bliss level up like a thousand notches. If you go to Aquavie, you must ask for Jeannie because she is seriously gifted. I get A LOT of massages (it’s kind of my thing) and let me tell you, never has anyone worked on me the way Jeannie did. She is incredible. Considering typical spa prices, Aquavie is WAY more reasonable for the same amenities and gorgeous space you’d find at other fancy spas. I will be back…again and again.
I enjoyed a long, hot shower. Got ready in the pristine locker rooms. Did my hair and make-up and hit the road. I was so incredibly rested and rejuvenated and that is one of the best feelings ever. Especially after a long, busy week of several late nights. It was just what the doctor ordered.
**Side note: If you’re thinking about planning a day, they have some really good Valentine’s Day spa specials at the moment!
I had a photo shoot that afternoon and then Brittany and I had pizza with some friends. I woke up Sunday to run 10 miles with my friend Katie up and down the 101 and then did a short little meditation on the beach afterwards. I find meditating on the beach to be SO much easier than when I do it at home. I will write a whole other post on meditation because it’s kind of transforming my life. I have so many thoughts to share. I think I am starting to need it as much as I need running. Crazy, right?
As women, as millennials, as moms, as social butterflies, as young professionals or entrepreneurs, we tend to run ourselves ragged. We’re often over scheduled and under rested and it’s a recipe for disaster. I know that I am a better wife, coach, employee, friend, fill-in-the-blank, when I take care of myself. I am a better human when I get enough sleep and take time to just breathe and be alone.
I’m here to serve as your reminder to schedule that afternoon to yourself. Draw a bath. Take a walk. Take a nap. Whatever feels good. Take care of YOU.
how do you practice self-care?
tell me all the things!