We all deserve some R and R every once in a while, especially after being cooped up in the house with the whole family. Stress from work, chores, and life in general takes a toll in more ways than one, which makes self care less of a luxury and more of a necessity. And while a trip to your neighborhood spa may not always be in the cards, there are plenty of ways to treat yourself to a day of wellness and relaxation in the comfort of your own home – no expensive reservations needed.
What’s a spa day without some masks, scrubs, and lotions? There are a multitude of DIY recipes for spa treatments that use ingredients you already have in your fridge or pantry. Kitchen staples such as honey, olive oil, eggs, and oats can be used to create masks and treatments that are just as effective and soothing as what you’d find in a professional spa. Here are some inspirational DIYs that will get you primped and pampered in no time:
- Exfoliating Peppermint Foot Scrub
Spa style self care isn’t just lazing about in a robe with a face mask on. Physical activities such as yoga help keep you active without exhausting yourself. While you may be used to laying down your mat in the living room, consider moving things outside for a yoga session amongst the trees. Not only will you get your needed dose of Vitamin D, you’ll also get the chance to connect with nature. Being stuck inside for extended periods of time alienates us from the natural world and raises stress levels. Decompress by practicing your stretches while the sun shines above and the birds chirp away. But getting some fresh air doesn’t have to be exclusive to a spa day. You can make it a part of your new self care routine for peace every day of the week. With your bird bath cover on hand, you’ll never have to worry about your feathered yoga friends losing their habitat.
It can be tempting to bust out the junk food under the guise of self care. After all, what’s more comforting than chowing down on your favorite fried or sugary treats, especially when a spa day is all about treating yourself? The fact of the matter is that junk food can make you feel less than rejuvenated, no matter how yummy it may be. Stick with light snacks that won’t weigh you down, such as nuts, fresh fruit medleys, and smoothies. Fruit infused water is a special pick me up that will cleanse out toxins and bring the spa vibes right into your home. This doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself; little delights like chocolate covered strawberries and frozen blueberries are sweet without being over indulgent.
Kids, spouses, and pets all contribute to a rather noisy household. The clamor and commotion can make channeling a zen spa experience difficult. Clear the air by making a playlist of relaxing, atmospheric music that you can put on to drown out any extraneous noise. If you’re not much of a DJ, there are a number premade spa playlists floating around on Youtube and Spotify that you can use. For the ultimate laid back experience, bring your portable speaker into the backyard for some outdoor zen. Laying in a hammock while a gentle soundscape surrounds you – what could be more relaxing? When your chill-out session comes to an end, just throw on a hammock cover to keep things safe until your next journey outside.
Baths and Bubbly
There’s no denying that a hot bubble bath is the ultimate at home indulgence. After you’ve applied your masks, done your yoga, and treated yourself to some yummy treats, a bath is the perfect way to conclude a spa day. Add some ambiance by lighting candles and dimming the bathroom lights, and bring along a book for entertainment. Pour yourself a glass of champagne or sparkling juice so you can enjoy some bubbly with your bubbles. And when you add a bath bomb or oil to the mix, you’ll be living in the lap of at home spa luxury.