When most people think of New Orleans, one of the first things that come to mind is Bourbon Street. New Orleans is party central. It’s the go-to destination for Girl’s Trips, Bachelorette parties and of course, Mardi Gras. New Orleans, also known as The Big Easy, is a great place for self-care. The food, the culture and music soothe my soul. It wasn’t until last year that I realized how much of my healing and self-care would come from this place that I call my home.
“If you love New Orleans, she’ll love you back.” -Drew Brees
Self-care has become such a buzzword and is highly commercialized. Don’t get me wrong, I love my spa days and massages, but self-care is so much more than that. My definition of self-care is “whatever you need to do to feel like you again.”
Taking a walk through Longue Vue Gardens is self-care.
Having brunch on the balcony of Ralph’s on the Park is self-care.
Visiting an art exhibit at Ogden Museum of Southern Art is self-care.
Shopping on Magazine Street is self-care.
Having cocktails with your girls at Gris-Gris is self-care.
Taking a yoga class with Say Love Yoga is self-care.
Tea time at Le Salon at Windsor Court is self-care.
Two scoops of Amaretto Cheesecake ice cream from Creole Creamery is self-care.
A cheese board from St. James Cheese Company is self-care.
A Champagne flight at Effervesence is self-care.
Lighting a candle from Wicks NOLA is self-care.
Attending a private outdoor wine tasting at Ole Orleans is self-care.
“It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.” -Mandy Hale
So many women struggle with making time for themselves. In order to give others our best, we must be at our best.
The next time you need some self-care, think about New Orleans. You will fall in love.
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