Everyone needs to decompress and unwind every once in a while. Visiting a spa can be a great way to eliminate clutter of the mind and find a peaceful moment. However, sometimes trying to alleviate stress can actually lead to more. Between finding a facility that seems right for you and figuring out just how much that day of relaxation is going to hurt your wallet, sometimes taking a trip to the spa hardly seems worth the trouble.
Forget the hassle and save money by creating your very own wellness retreat. Below are some thought starters for creating a day spa that has everything you need to recharge your batteries from the comfort of your home.
Soothe a restless mind in a calming environment
The right ambiance can lead to serenity. Be mindful of your surroundings and minimize any distractions that may cause you to feel stressed or unable to find your little slice of zen. Obvious nuisances like electronics (smartphones, TVs, and computers) should be put away, although you may make an exception to play some soothing, ambient music through one of those devices.
Other ways to facilitate an ideal, stress-free environment can include:
● Altering the mood with dim lighting
● Creating a comfy cocoon with soft linens, blankets, or robes
● Designating an area for reading, contemplation, meditation, or whatever activity helps to center yourself
● Investing in some tension-relieving aromas like candles, incense, or even fragrant plants (but be careful if you have some curious pets)
Get your body right with light exercise
The benefits of staying active go without saying. Exercising can be a great way to alleviate stress or anxiety, which means it’s a great option to incorporate in your at-home spa. Think about starting your day of relaxation with some low-impact exercises like yoga, planks, and stretching to soothe your muscles; all of which can easily be done without the bells and whistles of a typical gym or wellness center. Explore some additional ideas for at-home exercises here. Remember to always consult your doctor before trying any new exercise program.
Indulge in some healthy refreshments
Your diet has a profound impact on your body and mind. Make healthy food and snack choices a priority when creating your ideal wellness center. Consider swapping out fatty, junk food options with a few healthy staples. Reach for foods like carrots, almonds, cashews, sweet potatoes, or whole grains that contain antioxidants, fiber, or protein. Remember, cucumbers aren’t just for your eyes at this spa! Infuse a pitcher of refreshing, ice water with cucumber, lemon, or watermelon to create an authentic spa experience.
A little creativity can go a long way when you’re trying to enjoy some much-deserved R&R. Hopefully you’ve found some inspiration to turn your home into your own safe haven from stress, and you’re ready to kick your feet up for a DIY spa day!