At times, it’s no secret that our lives get hectic and stressful. There are days, weeks, and even months where life comes at us hard and simply juggling the day-to-day tasks can leave us feeling overwhelmed and caught in a cycle that disconnects our body and mind. This makes it very tempting to drop everything and run off for a day of pampering at our favorite spa for some much needed self-care.
Unfortunately, sneaking off to the spa isn’t a feasible option for many of us. But, all is not lost. Thankfully, with some mindful choices and creative thinking we can bring the spa to us. This is great news, because studies show that setting aside time for self-care improves our overall health, quality of sleep, boosts our immune systems, and even reduces our levels of stress. Nurturing our minds and bodies is a good thing!
Give yourself permission to indulge in some much needed soul therapy and wash away stress with the following 10 home spa hacks:
Using common household ingredients like epsom salts, cornstarch, baking soda, and a little citric acid you can make your own fizzing bath bombs. For added goodness, add some of your favorite scents or essential oils.
Soak in the tub
One of the easiest ways to bring the spa home is by indulging with a hot and steamy bath. Gather the following items to make this time special and more relaxing: fragrant flower petals, epsom salts, essential oils, white candles, a relaxing playlist, your favorite bottle of wine, and throw in a bouquet or two of your favorite calming flowers. Shut the door and soak away all your stress, anxiety, and worries of the day.
While treating yourself to a home spa day, make sure to practice mini meditations by keeping it simple and sweet (KISS). Focus on your breathing while noticing all of your senses, such as: the warm water running over your fingers, sunlight on your skin, or the soothing soap scent.
Egg it up
Beat egg whites to develop a foamy skin treatment that is perfect for keeping oily skin under control and it can also be used as a skin toner on all parts of the body. Whip yolks with a dash of olive oil or mayo and a smidge of water to concoct a natural deep conditioning hair treatment.
Give yourself a pedi or mani
It’s important that we don’t forget your hands and feet during your home spa day. Soothe your hands or feet by soaking them for five minutes in a tub of warm water, followed by a slathering of your favorite lotion, and finish with an application of clear nail polish. Within less than 10 minutes you will have great looking hands and feet.
Turn up the heat
It’s the small luxuries that put the “aaaaa” in spa. At home, place your lotion in a large container filled with hot water and throw a towel in the dryer so they will be warmed and soothing. This is an easy way to add a little luxury to your spa day.
Wear a mask
Facials are wonderful, but many of the masks we love are loaded with chemicals and cost a pretty penny. Instead of relying on a store bought option, head to the kitchen and create your own mask using oatmeal, honey, avocado, or yogurt.
Remember your peepers
Soothe tired eyes with slices of cucumber, soaked green tea bags, or even thin slices of potatoes, Simply put them on your closed eyelids for a few minutes to take advantage of the naturally occurring antioxidants to reduce inflammation, puffiness, and constrict blood vessels.
Roll it out
Use tennis balls to roll out knots and tension in your back and shoulders. Put the balls underneath your back while using a pillow to prop your head up and then, roll back and forth to relieve sore muscles.
Self-care is vital to our well-being so make it a priority by writing it on your calendar and choosing times with limited distractions so you can solely focus on yourself. To make this a reality, wake up early, utilize a child’s nap time, or put the kids to bed early every now and then. Do what you need to do to get some alone time to care for yourself.
What home spa hacks can you recommend?
By: Freelance writer Ashley Smith