Pamper Yourself and Relieve Stress
If you’re as busy and stressed as most of us, you may not take time out for self-care very often. However, personal pampering has many stress relieving benefits and should be incorporated as part of a low stress lifestyle. This may seem like a luxury that only those with a little too much time on their hands engage in, but it's actually the stressed and busy among us who can benefit the most from the stress-relieving qualities of the spa experience. Relaxing your body can lead to a relaxed mind, and both can help to reduce stress levels, which can bring a host of benefits.
If you don’t have the budget for a high-end spa, you can create a relaxing home spa experience for yourself. The following are some basic elements to include in creating a home spa experience that will melt away stress and leave you feeling pampered and relaxed.
7 Steps in a Relaxing Home Spa
Privacy! Perhaps the most important part of the home spa experience is being sure you have some uninterrupted time for just you.
If you have to hop out of the tub to circumvent a catastrophe with your toddler or answer a string of calls, you may end up feeling even more tense! Make arrangements for some uninterrupted solitude, let the phone go to voice mail, and prepare to indulge.
Music. If you can arrange to have music in your bathroom, you’ll be glad you did. The right soothing melodies can help melt away the stress and make you feel more removed from reality.
If you live with others, the music can drown out household sounds that may remind you of everything else going on. This would take your attention away from the here and now of your home spa experience.
Lighting. You’d be surprised at how the right light can create a stress-relieving mood. Lighting the room with candles can fill the area with a soothing scent and create a very relaxing atmosphere.
Bath Products. You can go a long way in creating a luxurious bath with a few helpful products.
- Lavender-scented bubble bath, for example, uses the power of aromatherapy to soothe you.
- Body scrubs are used in spas to exfoliate skin, and can be used at home as well.
- Skin-moisturizing oils can be added to your bath to nourish your skin and make the papered feeling last.
Beauty Treatments. While you're relaxing, you may as well get more beautiful! Putting a conditioning treatment in your hair and a purifying masque on your face can make your face scalp feel good and leave you looking more beautiful afterward.
Rubbing your dry skin with a loofah and scrubbing calloused feet with a pumice stone can be a little more work. You’ll love the results and it will only take a few minutes.
After Tub Care. You may want to follow up after you get out of the tub by applying a rich conditioning cream to your skin and a coat of nail polish to your toes.
Again, this will keep you feeling more pampered between spa treatments. You can look at your toes and be transported back to that soothing experience!
Massage. You may think a home spa treatment can’t include a massage, but it can! If you can’t enlist the soothing hands of a partner, you can use a self-massager to do the same job.
A massage can loosen up tight muscles, promote circulation and make you feel great. If you’re really in the mood to indulge, you can even hire a professional massage therapist to come to your house!
A Few Spa-tastic Tips for Stress Relief
1. Block off a specific amount of time for yourself. Sometimes busy people have a hard time just doing nothing because we can think of so many other things that need doing. If this break is scheduled to be a specific length, you may feel more entitled to simply enjoy it.
2. Try to do this on a regular schedule, like once a week or twice a month. With repetition, you may see your spa time making a significant impact on your overall stress level!
3. Don't feel guilt for taking some time for yourself--you deserve it!
Updated April 30, 2018