Getting wrapped up in never-ending to-do lists and non-stop commitments can seem inevitable, but everyone needs a break from time to time. Yet we often treat relaxation as a luxury, never designating space in our schedule for “me time.”
As it turns out, this time is essential for optimizing overall health and wellbeing, as it allows us to maintain a clear sense of self. Without it, we can become cranky, resentful, and anxious, as our bodies suffer the toll of ongoing stress.
If you’re craving relaxation but can’t find the time to get out of the house, we’re here to help with some ways to transform your bathroom into a spa. We hope to elevate your mind, body, and soul into the state of relaxation you’ve been longing for, with a little something to delight each of your senses:
An essential part of gaining at-home spa ambiance is softening the light. Light can stimulate wakefulness and increase stress, so a softly lit room will lower your cortisol levels and accordingly, help your body get into relaxation mode. You can capture the spa atmosphere with a few lighting upgrades:
- Install dimmers on the light switches in your bathroom
- Hanging up string lights
- Blocking sunlight, closing the bathroom door, and lighting some candles (scented if you like them).
You can enhance your zen lighting with calming sounds. We recommend finding or making a playlist that relaxes you and playing it on Bluetooth speakers for an immersive, hands-free experience.
There are abundant Spotify relaxation playlists such as Relax and Unwind , Relaxing Classical, and Relax. You can also listen to nature soundtracks if you prefer an earthier ambiance, or try “the most relaxing tune ever”.
Stop and smell the roses! No seriously, rose essential oil is great for relaxation. You can add 5 drops to your bath mixed with a carrier oil and even some rose petals if you want to get fancy. Scent preference varies from person to person but some common relaxing essential oils include lavender, roman chamomile, and vetiver. Like rose oil, you can mix 5 drops of an essential oil with a carrier oil and add to your bath. The steam from the bath will especially heighten the aroma, allowing it to fill the room. And studies show that aromatherapy might have real health benefits including relief from anxiety & depression and improved quality of life.
Oily Skin: Blend one quarter of a papaya in a food processor and mix with two tablespoons of oatmeal (uncooked), one and a half tablespoons of Manuka honey, and two tablespoons of lemon juice
Dry Skin: Mix one tablespoon of Manuka honey, one tablespoon of epsom salt, and one teaspoon of coconut oil
Combination skin: Mash one half of a ripe banana and add one tablespoon of uncooked oatmeal (focus on rubbing the oatmeal into your oily areas) and one tablespoon of Manuka honey
The above DIY masks should be left on for around 30 minutes, and rinsed with warm water.
If you want to take the luxurious sensations a few steps further, towel-warming drawers are the crowning jewel of an at home spa experience. The moment we step out of a bath feels like we’re stepping back into reality. But warm towels make that step delightfully toasty!
You can complete your sensory experience by indulging in a drink that soothes your soul. Some teas have calming effects, others boost your mood. This list of options may give you some new teas to try on your spa day. Or if you feel up for a cleanse, try this delightful Golden Glow Water. With turmeric, ginger, lemon, and a bit of sparkle, this delightful drink will leave you feeling refreshed.
Give yourself some time to relax and recharge! Whether it’s a few hours or a full day, you’ll thank yourself later. If finding uninterrupted time alone is a significant challenge, try removing any potential distractions: leave your phone in the other room or on silent, put “do not disturb” signs on the bathroom (or enlist your kids to make them, so they feel protective of your spa experience), and get in there and have yourself a wonderful time.