National Spa Week 2020
It feels like National Spa Week (who knew that was a thing?) has come along at exactly the right time! We’ve just entered our second lockdown of the year here in England and we could definitely all do with some specifically allocated relaxation time. Checking in for a day of pampering at your local spa or beauty parlour obviously isn’t a feasible option right now, but recreating the spa experience in the safety and comfort of your own home is an ideal way to give yourself the time and space for self-care and stress relief amidst the mayhem. Having a spa day – or night – at home means putting aside a couple of hours to focus solely on you, and let everything else melt away for a little while.
In this blog post, I thought I’d set out a couple of ideas about how you can go about crafting your own relaxing spa experience at home and ways that you can direct your energy and attention towards giving yourself much needed and well deserved care. Creating the right environment can really help to facilitate more positive, less catastrophic or chaotic thinking, allowing the mind and body to release stress and tension that feeds into a cycle of negative thoughts and emotions. While in itself it provides a valuable temporary respite, commitment to self-care activities like this are key in broader processes of transforming emotional wellbeing.
So, I’ve sorted my ideas into three main categories:
- Setting up your space:
- To create the perfect Spa ambience, start by dimming the lights
- Light some scented candles of your favourite scents or burn incense for extra relaxing vibes
- Pop a Soundcloud or Spotify spa playlist on in the background to set the tone
- Make sure you have somewhere comfortable to sit and relax, grab some extra cushions or blankets if you need to
- Grab yourself a drink of your choice – it could be a herbal tea with lemon, a glass of wine, or just some water to hydrate
- Take five or ten minutes to focus on your breathing and center yourself and find your Zen so you’re in a state of calm and ready to relax, not overthinking or overstimulated
- Have yourself a candle-lit bubble bath – use salts, oils or bath bombs to make it extra special
- Put on some comfy clothes – favourite lounge wear, soft pyjamas or a fluffy dressing gown and cosy slippers
- Try and avoid screens if you can, to help you physically and mentally prepare for the ultimate good nights rest afterwards
- Pick out a good book to read while you soak in the bath or enjoy your spa treatments
- Use a hydrating hair mask
- Give yourself a facial using a cleanser, toner and moisturiser
- Spend some time indulging in skin care, using all of your favourite products to deeply massage your face and body
- Why not try making your on DIY mask by mixing simple ingredients, like a coconut oil, honey and lemon juice combo for your skin
- Treat yourself to a foot spa! Soak your feet in warm water and epsom salt
- Give yourself a manicure and/or a pedicure, applying your favourite nail polish
As I mentioned, self-care commitments are important to our overall emotional wellbeing but they’re not the be all and end all. If you’re in a position where you are struggling and feel like you would benefit from some extra help and support to work through your difficulties in a safe, non-judgemental space then feel free to reach out to me or book in a discovery call with me here and we can talk it through! I offer 121 consultations and I would be more than happy to discuss things further and help you on your journey to reaching a more positive and empowered state of emotional wellbeing.
I hope you found this helpful and if you do have a go at putting together your own spa day at home, that it brings you utmost peace and comfort during these stressful times!
Stay safe and stay tuned