Whether you’re a workaholic running a business or a busy mom running a household, it’s time to treat yourself to some much-needed R&R.
ALIGN YOUR MIND, BODY, & SPIRIT
For the healthiest, most healing DIY spa experience, consider thinking outside the box. Research suggests spirituality, mindfulness, and positivity influence our health, wellness, and even longevity, so integrating these practices into your spa routine may have a synergistic effect.
Elements to incorporate may include prayer, meditation, visualization, and positive affirmations. While restfully relaxing, pray and ask for what you need, especially in regards to health and healing.
More than just a body detox, focus on clearing your mind of any clutter or distracting thoughts. Feel inner gratitude for this opportunity, love yourself unconditionally, and accept and make peace with yourself. Instead of seeing yourself as flawed, silence those critical and negative voices. Replace negative with positives. It may take a steady shift of perspective, but the sooner and more deeply and completely you can accept yourself just the way you are inside and out, the better off you will be.
RELAX, RESTORE, REJUVENATE, & REFRESH
We all need some R&R, and a spa experience isn’t just a luxurious escape for the senses, but an ideal way to recharge. And, with multiple health and beauty benefits, consider a regular spa as a much-needed self-care routine.
- Alleviate anxiety as you soothe your senses
- Detox from chemicals and toxins
- Relieve headaches, aches and pains
- Support weight loss and maintenance
- Improve blood flow and circulation
- Reduce muscle tension
- Boost your immune system
- Prevent varicose veins
- Promote glowing and radiant skin
- Delay onset of wrinkles with anti-aging benefits
- Boost level of happiness with release of serotonin
Planning out your DIY spa experience can help you make the most of it, whether solo or with loved ones.
AMBIANCE AND ATMOSPHERE
Light your space with tea lights or scented candles. Replace glaring overhead lighting with fairy lights, Christmas lights, or lanterns.
Add fresh plants or flowers to benefit breathability and add to the aesthetics of the room.
Want the room to smell good? Keep the air chemical-free and mist with essential oils diluted with distilled water.
Make the most of music that embraces your ears as well as the serenity of silence. Create a spa-ready playlist with soothing soundscapes and nature sounds like ocean waves, running water, bird song, and chirping crickets.
No need for boredom during downtime as the masks and spa treatments to your face, hair, and skin dry. Get readables ready, like magazines and books, to dive in.
Mix together your DIY spa products and set out tools ahead of time. Don’t forget a brush for skin, a comb for hair, and massagers for the body. Keep your spa routine simple and focus on detoxing, exfoliating, cleansing, and moisturizing, followed by massage.
To detox, soak in a bath with Epsom salts, baking soda, and/or essential oils. There’s no need to hire a professional masseuse. Instead, save money with a DIY massage. Mix a plant-based carrier oil with essential oils, nab some basic massage techniques, and say, “Ahhh!” Don’t forget to include your hands, feet, and ears and consider trying reflexology.
Avoid chemicals and toxins in beauty and household products and opt for the more organic and natural whenever possible. For cleansing, try pure liquid castile or bar soap. For exfoliating, mix recycled coffee grounds or tea leaves, rolled oats, sea salt, or sugar with a plant-based oil such as coconut, apricot kernel, or avocado oil. For toning, add cooled green or herbal tea, rosewater, and/or witch hazel to a spray bottle. For hydrating, try shea butter, cocoa butter, kukui nut butter, vitamin E, aloe vera, and/or other plant-based oils. And, the next time you eat an avocado, wash and dry the pit to use as a massage tool.
Good news. There’s no need to overspend on money or time to enjoy a spa getaway in the comfort of your own home. Recharging your metaphoric batteries with a regular DIY routine can offer a new lease on life and contribute to your health and healing.