Time Out

Over the past few years I have started to appreciate the benefits of taking some time out to do things on my own that are purely for me.  In the past I’ve always liked to have company when doing things, whether an afternoon shopping with the girls, lunch with a group of friends, a trip to the cinema or a weekend away.  I would feel self-conscious doing things on my own, particularly eating out or going to a bar on my own.

Now, although I obviously still love spending time with my friends, I also value time to myself.  I see it as time to reflect, relax and recharge.  It feels good to do things on my own (without my phone – see my previous post for more about this).

With this in mind, last Saturday I headed over the Causeway to Bahrain for a Spa day (using birthday money from my friends here in Saudi – thank you girls!).  My Spa of choice is always the Radisson Diplomat.  It’s a haven of tranquillity and the therapists are very good.

My morning started with a Balinese massage which was pure bliss.  I felt so relaxed and refreshed afterwards, like I had been pummelled back to life!  This was followed by my favourite Marine Facial which also includes a warm pack being placed under your back to help draw out any toxins.  This facial won’t win any prizes for ‘most pleasant aroma’ (the clue is in ‘marine’!) but for sensitive skin it is wonderful – my skin always feels like velvet afterwards.  My final treatment was reflexology.  I’m not too into having someone touch my feet but once I get over this and relax the treatment is lovely.  It really does revive you and leave you feeling like you are walking on air!

Once I was done I took a taxi to City Centre Mall for a little bit of retail therapy and a big bowl of French Onion soup for lunch.  This was followed by another treat – 2 glasses of champagne at the Westin Hotel before heading home.

If you are feeling frazzled, or just feeling the January blues, my suggestion would be to do something purely for yourself.  Don’t feel guilty, don’t feel selfish, simply enjoy the pleasure of spoiling yourself and doing something that makes you feel happy.  Go on, you know you want to, and you know you’re worth it!


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