If I can excuse treating myself by saying it’s self care, I am a very happy girl. Maybe this makes me sound impulsive and materialistic but hey, that’s ADHD for you!
Joking aside, I am a firm believer that treating yourself every now and again is a perfect example of self care. I recently had a psychiatrist appointment in Birmingham and decided that the night before, I was going to stay the night in a Hilton Hotel and really treat myself to a relaxing evening with a bottle of wine and absolutely no rush to get up early in the morning.
I live around an hour away from Birmingham by car but by public transport, it can take nearly 3 hours to get to my psychiatrist appointments. But when you have no other choice… I grumble but I actually enjoyed my adventures into the city but last time, I just couldn’t be bothered to wake up early.
Treating myself to a fancy hotel is probably something I couldn’t afford this month but it truly did make me so much more relaxed and gave me something to look forward to
So I checked around online and found a Hampton by Hilton in the Jewellery Quarter to be my best bet. I check out using my Hilton Honours account and smile at the perks that come with a Hilton Honours account. One of those being a full breakfast AND the ability to choose your own room.
The Friday rolls around and I catch the train after work up to Jewellery Quarter where I take my FIRST EVER (!!!!) tram ride to St Pauls and walk the mercifully short distance to the hotel. It’s lightly snowing, I have a beautiful view of Birmingham in all directions and I am fairly smug about my room choice before I even reach my room.
I check in and head to my room. Oh boy, what a view. I had a skyline view of Birmingham and it was beautiful – all lit up in different colour lights. I take some photos, Facetime my mum and try to figure out what I want for dinner.
It’s a toss up between Deliveroo, heading to Grand Central by tram or eating in the restaurant downstairs. I decide against Deliveroo due to the faff getting someone to deliver to the hotel and don’t fancy navigating Birmingham on my own in the dark so end up eating downstairs. The food is amazing and I eat with a large glass of white wine in this plush armchair. Nobody bothers me. It’s blissful. I finish dinner with a piece of cheesecake and take a rather large glass of rum to my room. It was meant to be a mojito but a 90:10 percent ratio of rum to mixer doesn’t really class as a cocktail.
I slate Birmingham quite a bit – call it rough etc – but actually, it can be a beautiful city and I love the industrial vibes. Having never been to the Jewellery Quarter, it was an adventure that made me consider ditching my appointment to take photos!
I get drunk. I watch The Last Leg in a huge bed and then watch the world go by outside my window. I have absolutely no care in the world. I can go to sleep at 2am and still get a good 7 hours sleep before I need to even start thinking about waking up.
That’s exactly what I do.
I wake up rather hungover but so well rested. I eat 3 different plates of food for breakfast, not needing to rush because my appointment is only 15 minutes travel away.
When I finally leave for my appointment, if you can ignore the hangover, I feel refreshed and happy. I feel so relaxed and all because I gave myself 12 hours to just do whatever and “live my best life” in a fancy hotel feeling somewhat fancy.
The moral of this story is that self care is important and can do wonders. It was amazing how relaxed I felt despite only being an hour from home on my own in a hotel room. I did something a bit different and treated myself to something a bit more fancy.
But treating yourself doesn’t have to be a fancy night out. It can be something as small as a coffee morning with a friend or 2 hour long bubble bath after a hard day at work. But as I mentioned in one of my previous posts, taking some time out of your day or week to look after yourself can be amazing for your mental health.
I’ll definitely be treating myself to a night out like this again and will almost certainly stay in the Hampton by Hilton in the Jewellery Quarter. It was an amazing hotel and it felt so luxurious despite the low cost. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Birmingham, I highly recommend it!