Self-Care Challenge (Day 348): Relaxing at the Spa

Christmas Tree at The Salish Lodge in 2016

On day 348 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I relaxed at the spa.

Yesterday morning I spent a couple hours at the Salish Spa, which is just a short drive from my home. I’ve visited many spas over the years, some while vacationing and some in the various cities that I’ve lived, but only a few of them really stand out. This is one of them.

What makes them distinct is the overall feeling you get when you arrive: the decor, the location, the energy of the people who work there.

Let’s face it, the holidays can be stressful.

So after a much-needed moisturizing facial, I headed over to the saltwater hot bath to soak and relax for a bit. As I sat there surrounded by steam, I peered out the windows at the snow-covered trees blowing in the distance. And I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude.

I could feel my tension dissipate, floating away with the circulating water. With no distractions left to steal my attention, I had to face the truth that most of my worries are self-created.

Sometimes we find the most clarity and perspective in moments of stillness.

And surprisingly, my little excursion wasn’t as expensive as you might think. Early morning appointments during the week are much cheaper than evenings and weekends (which also means it isn’t as busy).

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