We all need some kind of time out. It varies from person to person as to what that means, but I was thinking about it recently and decided that it was all about finding my bliss.
Your bliss can be anything – empty beach, good book, great restaurant and really anything on any spectrum of anything you can enjoy. For me, as someone who struggles to relax, I feel like more space, regular massages and maybe a bath at home would really help. The thing about finding your bliss is that it can be bought (day spa) or created (DIY pamper).
Full confession – I have never been to a day spa or anything like that. The closest I’ve been is on a work retreat once where we got a massage (which was lovely but the lovely was short lived; I have rants about work retreats saved for another day).
I even won a treatment at a spa last year and was too scared to use it. Too unknown for someone who isn’t girly.
I love that we live in a time where we can get home spa ideas on Pinterest, but sometimes you don’t want an at home or DIY solution. The conundrum I have is that when something is entirely new to you, then how do you know if you’re getting value?
If I was to go to a day spa, I would have no clue what is value and what isn’t. Can you go in there and chill before and after a massage (for example) or do you have to go in just for your appointment time, then leave? That sounds awfully like a doctors surgery to me! One of the biggest problems when I had a massage on a work retreat was that there was no time to shower after, so everyone got uncomfortable sitting around in oils post-massage!
Other times DIY just won’t work because you need your own space to really find bliss, and not everyone has a situation that lets them lock themselves away in say a bedroom and bathroom for a few hours.
And that brings the next question – how long do you need to find your bliss? If this is a habit you do regularly, is an hour a week enough? As usual, I’ve raised more questions than I’ve answered, but it’s an area I’m still trying to find my feet in. The closest I’ve come is eucalyptus in the shower, and that’s mostly for clearing sinuses!
Do you have a bliss? How do you find it and maintain it?