Let’s talk about Sundays. Not exactly what they are cracked up to be in my humble opinion. In fact, whomever designated Sunday as a day of rest seems to me to have severely overlooked that Sundays run on Monday coat-tails.
Sure, sleeping in is great, but after that first cup of Joe, the tension for the week ahead starts building. Tick tick tick – like a ride up Disneyland’s Splash Mountain, just before you come crashing downhill headfirst at 40 mph to get soaked, and then step off utterly discombobulated.
As a little girl, I was completely in heaven listening to my Dad read the tales of Br’er Rabbit and Br’er Bear, set free from the worries of a day. If only I had realized how precious those kid moments were, I would have bottled them up in to some kind of forever! Today, I seek to avoid the Splash Mountain ride in all it’s forms – the Disney version and the one that waits for me at home on Sunday. Enter the “Sanity Saving Sunday Night Spa Facial and Mini Meditation” ritual.
It begins as many great nights do, “Once upon a time…with a trip to Target for “groceries.” Yeah, we all know that’s a joke. They do carry groceries, but truth be told Target is Mom-heaven, and a woman with the best of intentions can get lost for hours there. Take for example, the Wall of Facial Spa Masks. Who knew? There are about 50 varieties of alluring, inexpensive face masks on the Target wall, promising everything from reducing wrinkles to plumping up skin that looks “a bit hungover.” Wine anyone?
Truthfully, I am not sure how I ended up with FIVE masks, but suffice to say, self-medication through spa treatments is even better when enjoyed with a girlfriend. I enlisted our daughter to try and rate her favorite. Hint… “in the world according to Tori” the Que Bella Charcoal Mud Mask stings, and the Hydrate! from Spa Miss makes you look like Jason from Friday the 13th, but is completely refreshing.
I myself was smitten with the bold, cheerful packaging of SpaLife’s Nectarine facial mask, but was disappointed when it turned out to be the size of a pizza. A little too messy for my taste, though if you have a large round pie face you should definitely give it a go.
Try enough facial masks and the cream is bound to rise to the top. I am proud to announce that this extensive research project did result in two clear Windlasse winners. While MIZON Vital-Up Time Lift Up Mask was my ultimate favorite, they each contained collagen. I am fairly certain now sailor friends that collagen is the key ingredient to a phenomenal facial experience. Both masks were a good fit, and in less than 20 minutes made my skin feel like silk and the manic Mondays disappear.
If you’re not already headed to Target for a MIZON Vital-Up Time Facial Mask by now, what in the heck are you waiting for? The world is literally falling apart all around us. Time to batten down the hatches, tighten up those pores and gain some much needed perspective.
To that end, I decided to try adding a Mini Meditation to my Sanity Saving Sunday Night Spa Facial routine. Nope, never tried it before now. However, there is this darling woman I work with that mediates regularly. She meets with a local group and has also made the pilgrimage to India. Paula is the real deal. Although she doesn’t push her passion for sitting still on others, it’s quite obvious from the outside looking in, that making time for doing nothing is adding something to her life. It’s a kind of something I would kind of like to have swing through my headspace.
Speaking of Headspace, it’s the leading meditation app on the market geared towards men and women for curing all kinds of mindgames, including Splash Mountain Sundays and meddling Mondays. The first 10 meditations are free, and a subscription unlocks a longer path to mental health. The voice of reason is a relaxing male with a handsome accent. It just may get you hooked on meditation. If that’s not good enough and you seek more variety, I downloaded Insight Timer – an app with literally thousands of free meditations from a wide range of teachers. If you google “Insight Timer playlists” you will find lots of inspiration on which ones to try. My favorite so far is “Nothing Here But You” by Mooji. It’s 20 minutes long, which just happens to coincide with my collagen treatment, but also is the best time spent getting centered I have discovered in awhile.
For example, I am so relaxed right now I don’t even know how to end this blog post… ZZZzzzzz