After a long day or week at work, you can probably feel the toll it has taken on you… And knowing that soon you will have to go to work again, planning a self care session in suddenly becomes a must.
Particularly, having a SPA session at home is a perfect, inexpensive and pleasant self care idea that relieves stress from your body and leaves you ready for a new week of goals and deadlines. Here are my best tips to relax, pamper yourself and create the best at-home SPA experience!
How To Have a Fab SPA Day At Home
The most important step for a relaxing at home SPA is removing anything that might distract you. You want to fully melt and disconnect:
- If you live with a roommate, you might want to get some time alone. Do your SPA session when your roommate is away to fully benefit from the wonders of relaxation.
- Declutter your bathroom a little so it feels clean and tidy.
- Set your phone on a silent mode.
- Make place around your tub & light up some candles (this will allow you to turn off bathroom headlights and promote a sense of intimacy).
- Then, create a calming setting by focusing on peace and tranquillity. Get fresh and fluffy towels, turn on some soft, gentle music (preferably something with nature sounds), and turn on an aroma diffuser, if you have one. If you don’t, get a bowl of boiling water and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender works wonders for relaxation!).
Bonus tip before you start preppin’: If you can, buy a few beauty products to make you feel pampered like a goddess, or get something good from your kitchen!
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- Get comfortable
If you are home alone, get your clothes off and slide into a fluffy bath robe. Make a cup of relaxing tea such as chamomile or valerian root. Be slow and don’t rush yourself. This is YOUR time.
- Boost your circulation
Doing a few sweeps of dry body brushing helps to detoxify, remove dead cell skins and improve your energy levels. You can do dry body brushing with a natural bristle brush or, if you don’t have one – a small, slightly hardened towel can work as a substitute. Start with your feet and work in a circular motion up towards your heart.
- Give special attention to your face
Start by washing your face. Then, place your head over a bowl of steaming hot water and drape a towel over your head to create a mini sauna for your face. I personally love adding dried thyme leaves to this bowl for a soothing, refreshing inhalation. After steaming for a few minutes, gently dry your face with a towel and apply a face mask (here are some natural ideas for this: 100% Natural Remedies For Dry or Irritated Skin).
- Take a long bath
A long shower or a bath is the core of a good at-home SPA, so drop in some essential oils, Epsom salts, or bath bubbles and indulge in it as long as you want!
- Apply a natural body oil
After taking a bath, your skin will be ready to absorb any oil at a cellular level. I love using natural oils with a few drops of essential oil for an almost-therapeutic self-massage. Raw coconut, sweet almond, and jojoba oils are perfect for this. Try to massage your muscles a little while applying your oil for an extra relaxing finish.
- Eat a nutritious, light meal
After taking care of your exterior, focus on your inner health as well. Eat something light, packed with vegetables, leafy greens and fruits that won’t leave you feeling heavy. A Greek salad or a nice bowl of fruits can do the job. It’s also a perfect time to drink a big glass of water to keep body detoxification going and flush out all those nasty toxins out of your body.
- Don’t forget your mind
In order to reach proper relaxation, strive to calm your mind too. Do a few gentle stretches or yoga poses, and meditate by focusing on your breath. You don’t have to be an expert to do this – just close your eyes and try to focus on your breath instead of jumping from thought to thought. If your mind wanders away, simply notice it and gently bring your attention back to your breath. Think about the way it feels, the way air flows through your nostrils, the way your chest or belly rises when you inhale… Imagine stress leaving your body every exhale.
- Rest a little more
While baths, masks, and self-pampering are relaxing, they still take some energy to do. After doing all these steps, go and rest a little more and take a nap! I mean… Why not? Isn’t it the perfect way to end your SPA session?
Bonus tip: I recommend not watching TV on your SPA day, but instead – read a book, draw, write in a journal or do something relaxing outside.
And that’s it! Having an at-home SPA session is easy when you take a few preparation steps and allow yourself to relax and disconnect. And even though the word SPA sounds like a luxury, self care should not be considered a luxury, but rather a necessity. Your wellness should always come before your work or goals… But well, since it’s rarely possible in our daily world, I guess we have to rely on our SPA days to stay healthy and glowing.
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