If you don’t prioritize your own self-care, no one else will. This is why it’s so important to instill systems and schedules around your self-care regimen. One of the best ways to encourage your own self-care is by implementing an at-home spa day. You can opt to do this spa day once a month or once every two weeks. It’s really up to you. However, as you prepare for your at-home spa days, consider the following tips.
1. Prioritize Scents
If you’ve ever walked into a spa, you know how beautiful it smells. The spa smells are typically subtle, therapeutic, and calming. They’re usually not overpowering. Visit your local grocery store, and pick out a bouquet of eucalyptus leaves. Hang the eucalyptus from your showerhead. It can typically last between a week to two weeks. Once the steam of the shower activates the eucalyptus leaves, the natural scents will dance through the air. Furthermore, essential oils, placed in an essential oil diffuser, can provide delights to the senses as well. Essential oils like lemon, lavender, and peppermint are great options to consider.
2. Use Plush, Comfortable Fabrics
A nice, comfortable robe and a great pair of plush slippers are perfect for an at-home spa day. Use the best linens and towels you have. If you have a towel warmer, now is the time to utilize it. Touch is one of the most important senses when you’re creating an at-home spa experience.
3. Invest in the Right Facial Tools and Products
Give yourself an at-home microcurrent facial by investing in the facial machine. If you love to do your own extractions, purchase a facial steamer to open up your pores. This makes it much easier for the impurities to come out. Look for high-quality body scrubs, exfoliating treatments, and more. Use a dry brush to get the detoxification process going. A mud mask is one of the most beloved treatments at many local spas. Give yourself a full-body mask in order to rid the skin of sebum and more. Sheet masks provide a nice, cooling sensation after you’ve used a steamer to open up the pores, clean the skin and moisturize it thoroughly. When you’re giving yourself a pedicure, allow your feet to soak in a portable foot spa that generates heat and bubbles. Pour in some Epsom salt to make the process even more sensational.
4. Set Aside Time
An at-home spa day usually involves a facial, a mani/Pedi treatment, and other luxurious body scrubs. These experiences aren’t meant to be rushed. Don’t try to squeeze your spa day into two hours. If you’re giving yourself a pedicure, this process can take a while on its own. You want to give yourself time to show love to every corner of your body. Instead, set aside the full day or the afternoon. Eliminate anything else from the calendar for the day. It’s much easier to fully unwind and relax when you know you don’t have any looming tasks to take care of within a matter of hours.
5. Prepare Other Tasks in Advance
After you’ve enjoyed a lovely at-home spa facial, the chances are high that you’ll want to really put your feet up, relax and take a nap. You probably don’t want to do more chores, cook dinner, and take care of anyone else. This is why it’s best to plan ahead. If you know you plan on giving yourself a nice spa day in the comfort of your home, make sure everyone knows that they’re not allowed to disturb you. If that’s almost impossible, ask a family member or friend if they can take the kids for the weekend or the day. Cook the meal in advance so all you’ll need to do is reheat it. You can also opt to order delicious takeout and avoid the kitchen altogether. By planning these simple steps in advance, you increase your chances of fully absorbing and enjoying well-deserved relaxing moments.
For many people, the concept of self-care seems too self-indulgent. Unfortunately, there are too many people who suffer from burnout and other issues because they don’t take the time to prioritize themselves. By doing an at-home spa day, you get the opportunity to connect with yourself, unwind and reaffirm the fact that you matter. Even if others don’t understand your rituals, don’t worry about that. Become unapologetic in your resolve to develop a lifestyle that helps you to thrive and not merely survive. By implementing an at-home spa day on a regular basis, you’ll be well on your way to a lifestyle where you thrive.