When was the last day you stopped to take care of yourself? Or better yet, to really spoil yourself? Amidst the craziness that is life – taking care of your families, running our homes and for many of us operating as businesswomen as well, we often let ourselves move to the very bottom of the list.
But the truth is, when we aren’t good to ourselves, we can’t be everything we want to be in all of the other facets of our lives. But making the time and spending the money often holds us back. How about creating an oasis for yourself right where you live?
Here are a few ways to create a ‘spa day’ right in the comfort of your own home. Begin by ‘unplugging’. That’s right, you can do it. Close the laptop, turn your phone off and put all of your devices away. If you have small people in your home, ask your significant other to take them out for a bit – or plan to do this after everyone has gone to bed for the night.
Head to the bathroom, turn on some soft music – nothing that will have you singing along, but rather some tunes that will put you in a peaceful state of mind. Light a candle to fill the room with your favorite scent. For me, that is lavender. I find it to be both relaxing and have a calming effect – especially at the end of the day. Draw a warm bath and add essential oils to the water – further scenting the space. I often reach for lavender here as well.
In the water, use a favorite body scrub to exfoliate your skin and consider applying a face mask to add an extra glow to your skin. In the past, I have created a homemade one of honey (about half a cup) and lemon juice (squeezed from one-fourth of the fruit). Leave that on for about 10 minutes.
One of my favorite spa treatments – which I first experienced on vacation in Mexico, was sliced cucumbers placed on my eyes. Have them close by for when you rinse your face mask. The cool feeling on your eyes is amazing.
Taking this time just for you will allow you to reset and feel rejuvenated. You aren’t spending a fortune on special treatments, and the time doesn’t require you to take hours from your family or carve special time in your day, so it will leave you planning for it again and again.