After a long week at work, you can probably feel the toll it has taken on you. And knowing that soon you will go to work again, planning a spa day at home becomes a must.
Particularly, having a self-care-oriented SPA day at home is a perfect, inexpensive, and pleasant wellness idea that relieves stress and makes you ready for a new week of goals (or deadlines).
Here are our best tips to relax, pamper yourself, and create the best SPA day at home experience.
How To Have a SPA Day At Home To Feel FABULOUS
1. How To Prepare For a SPA Day At Home
The most important step for a relaxing SPA day at home 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 day 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 silent mode.
- Make some space around your tub & light some candles. This will allow you to turn off bathroom headlights and promote a sense of intimacy.
- Create a calming setting that focuses on peace and tranquillity. Get fresh and fluffy towels, turn on some soft, gentle music (fancy 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 prepping: If you can, buy a few self-care products to make you feel pampered. An alternative would be to use something good from your kitchen. For example, milk makes a wonderful bath infusion that moisturizes, nourishes, and lightens your skin thanks to the lactic acid in milk.
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2. Slow down
If you are home alone, it’s time to get comfortable. Get your clothes off and slide into a fluffy bathrobe. Make a cup of relaxing tea such as chamomile or valerian root. Be slow and don’t rush yourself. This is YOUR time.
3. Boost Your Circulation
Dry brushing is wonderful for massaging, improving circulation, and tightening the skin. Touching your body with slightly hard bristles can be helpful if you want to prevent the loose skin that happens after weight loss too. It’s also a wonderful thing to do on a SPA day at home.
Doing a few sweeps of dry body brushing helps to detoxify, remove old skin cells, and improve your energy levels. You can do dry body brushing with a natural bristle brush or, if you don’t have one – use a small, slightly hardened towel as a substitute. Start with your feet and work in a circular motion up toward your heart.
4. Give Special Attention To Your Face
Once you have done some dry brushing, it’s time to extend your spa day at home by taking care of your face.
Start by slowly 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. Try 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).
5. Take a Long Bath
A long shower or a bath is the core of a good SPA day at home, so drop in some essential oils, Epsom salts, or bath oils and indulge in them as long as you want. Want to take it a step further? Try a detox bath.
The right mindset can also help you to feel good. Use your time in the bath to be mindful, notice the way your body feels, notice the paths that your mind takes to wander to, and simply look at them. Don’t judge, just be with your body and soul.
6. Self-Massage With a Natural Body Oil
After taking a bath, your skin will be ready to absorb any oil at a cellular level. Using natural oils with a few drops of essential oil can feel like a therapeutic self-massage on a SPA day at home. Raw coconut, sweet almond, and jojoba oils are perfect for this (since they have a pleasant, not too powerful smell). You can also you a simple, inexpensive baby oil.
Try to massage your muscles a little while applying your oil (for an extra relaxing finish).
7. Eat a Nutritious, Light Meal
After taking care of your exterior, your spa day at home can focus on your inner health as well.
Eat something light, packed with vegetables, leafy greens, protein, and fruits that won’t leave you feeling heavy. A Greek salad or a nice bowl of apples with peanut butter can do the job. It’s also a perfect time to drink a big glass of water to keep the body detoxification going and flush the toxins out of your body.
8. Don’t Forget The Mind/Body Connection
Once you are warm, satiated, and fuzzy, it’s a perfect time to boost your mind and body connection. To do that, strive to calm your mind and nervous system using your body.
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 with every exhale.
9. Rest a Little More
While baths, masks, and self-pampering are relaxing, they still take some energy to do. After doing all these steps, extend your spa day at home a little more. Rest and lay on the bed, and even take a nap if you want! Isn’t it the perfect way to end your SPA day at home?
Bonus tip: Watching TV on your SPA day at home might be relaxing to some, but if you are not a fan, you can do creative activities instead. Read a book, draw, write in a journal or do something relaxing outside.
A SPA day at home allows you to relax and disconnect.
And even though the word SPA sounds like a luxury, self care should not be considered a luxury. Self care is a necessity. Your wellness, health, and inner peace should always come before your work or goals.
But well, since it’s rarely possible in our daily world, we have to rely on our SPA day at home (or a SPA center) to stay healthy and get glowing.
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