Enjoy a relaxing spa day in the comfort of your own home with these easy DIY spa ideas and recipes. With a few simple pantry ingredients and little DIY spirit, you can recreate your favorite spa day experience at home.
Nothing says “self-care” like spending a relaxing day at the spa. If you’re feeling tired and stressed, why not recreate the spa experience at home?
Even if you can’t leave the house, you can still experience all the fun of a spa day or spa night at home. All you need are some easy beauty recipes and a few simple pantry ingredients to create a home spa day.
In this article, I’ve put together a list of amazing relaxation ideas for an easy DIY spa day or spa night at home. You’ll find nourishing hair masks, moisturizing face masks, bath bombs, face sprays, and more. What’s more, this complete collection of DIY spa ideas uses items or products you may already have at home.
Plus, many of the spa recipes listed below would make wonderful DIY spa gifts. Try packaging one of the sugar scrubs in a cute glass jar, and gift it with a cozy robe or slippers!
With these “spa day at home” ideas, you’ll find it easy to unwind and de-stress in the comfort of your own home!
Create a Spa-Like Atmosphere at Home
First, set the stage for a day of relaxation. Start with a clean room so you won’t be distracted by work or clutter.
Light a couple of scented candles, or start an essential oil diffuser. Aromatherapy scents are a great way to add to the atmosphere and put you at ease.
Put on your coziest robe, and grab some soft towels and washcloths. Put on your favorite playlist to add to the relaxing ambiance.
Lastly, make a refreshing pitcher of fruit-infused water to sip.
Spa Aromatherapy Ideas
Fruit-infused Water Recipes
Make A DIY Hair Mask
Use one of these easy homemade hair masks to make your hair super soft and shiny.
For most masks, you’ll want to apply them to dry or damp hair. Use a wide-tooth comb to gently distribute the mask or oil evenly. For best results, plan to leave them on for about 20 minutes.
To contain the mess, try pinning your hair up, or wrapping it in a shower cap. A shower cap will also trap a bit of heat, which can help speed up the process.
Hair Mask Recipes
Try an At-Home Facial Steam
Many people love facial steam treatments because they can open your pores, increase circulation and skin hydration.
Use facial steam after you cleanse your face, but before you apply serums or other moisturizers.
Steam Facial Recipes
Use a Homemade Face Mask, Scrub, or Mist
Next up, whip up a homemade face mask as part of your skincare routine.
Whether you prefer a deep-cleansing clay mask or a hydrating overnight face mask, there’s a homemade recipe for you here:
Face Mask and Scrub Recipes
Face Mist Recipes
- Herbal DIY Face Mist
- DIY Rose and Geranium Face Mist
- “Mario Badescu” Inspired Facial Spray with Cucumber and Green Tea
Try a Jade Roller Face Massage
After you take off your face mask, try a relaxing face massage.
People love using facial massage to boost blood circulation, reduce under-eye swelling, increase lymphatic drainage, and help products absorb better into your skin.
You can use a jade roller or gua sha tool to do facial massages. And here’s a tip: Put the jade roller in the fridge a few minutes prior to rolling for an extra cooling effect.
Apply a Eye Mask
If your eyes are puffy, or you want to reduce any dark circles, try one of these homemade eye mask recipes:
Pamper your Hands and Nails
Consider treating yourself to a DIY manicure. You can massage hands and cuticles with a rich hand balm or cuticle cream.
Give Yourself an At-Home Pedicure
Relieve tired and achy feet with a luxurious foot spa. Next, use a natural pumice stone to exfoliate your feet and remove calluses. Follow that with a luxurious foot cream, like one of the recipes below:
- Exfoliating Peppermint Foot Scrub
- Nourishing Foot Balm with Essential Oils
- Pine Scented “Rocky Mountain” Foot Butter
Make a DIY Body Scrub Recipe
Before you hop in the tub, try one of these homemade body scrub recipes:
Homemade Bath Salts and Bath Bombs
Draw a hot bath, and pour in a relaxing bath salt or moisturizing bath bomb.
Bath Salts Recipes
DIY Bath Bombs
- Homemade Milk & Honey Bath Bombs
- Lavender Bath Bombs for Bedtime
- DIY Oatmeal Rose Bath Bombs
Shower and Moisturize
If you prefer a shower, here are some ideas to make it even more spa-like.
Shower Aromatherapy Ideas
Apply a body moisturizer while your skin is still damp to lock in the hydration.
For a special spa-like touch, you can even use heated lotion. You can use a special lotion warmer, but a few seconds in the microwave will give you the same effect.
DIY Lotion Recipes
I hope you will try some of these at-home spa day ideas out! It’s so important to take care of yourself – and with these spa day ideas, you can relax and recharge right at home.
Sarah Stearns is an artist, maker, and blogger at sarahmaker.com
Her work has been featured in Scientific American, Good Housekeeping, Vox, Apartment Therapy, and more.
Sarah lives and works in North Carolina with her husband and young kids.
Air-fare, lodging, meals, admission fees — yoga and wellness retreats can get expensive. As a certified yoga instructor who attends and hosts multiple retreats per year, I know this fact all too well. While I highly recommend saving for a getaway wellness retreat for all the soul-soothing joy and relaxation, there is another way. Get out your planner, schedule in your getaway retreat, and start saving. While you have your planner out, schedule your very own at-home retreat in the meantime.
An at-home retreat is both simple and affordable. It offers a welcomed reprieve from the daily hustle and bustle right in the comfort of your own home and neighborhood. It’s the wellness weekend you’ve been needing — relaxation, self-care, healthy meals, physical activity, and all your favorite wellness treatments.
Call the babysitter, turn off your phone, and follow these 7 simple steps to create an at-home wellness retreat.
1. Reserve an entire weekend.
Schedule a Friday evening through a Sunday afternoon for your at-home wellness retreat. Mark it on your calendar. Tell your friends and family that you will be busy that weekend. Treat this retreat just as you would any other retreat.
2. Create an agenda.
Just like at a sleepaway retreat, give yourself an agenda. Schedule your activities, meals, and downtime. Type them up, print them out, and carry them with you throughout the weekend.
3. Plan your meals.
Plan ahead. Create a menu. Shop for groceries and prep as much as you can ahead of time, minimizing dishes and added work during mealtimes. Added bonus – By planning ahead, you will be able to treat yourself to healthy meals throughout the weekend just as you would have if you were away at a retreat center.
4. Schedule both energizing and relaxing activities.
Activities can take place at home or at your favorite local yoga studio, spa, gym, dance studio, etc. For online yoga classes, Yoga Glo is a fantastic resource. Browse Wellness Mama for great DIY home and beauty recipes.
A sample day might look something like this – morning meditation and journaling, mid-morning yoga flow class, afternoon massage, evening restorative yoga, bedtime meditation and journaling
Turn off your phone. No emails, no social media, and ignore the TV – your favorite shows will be there on Monday. Everything is going to be fine.
6. Pack a bag.
Set aside clothes, a yoga mat, your journal, and other items you would bring on retreat. Have them ready to go. No need to think about what to wear. No need to search for your journal, pens, or yoga props. They’re all set aside and ready to go, just as they would be when you arrive at a retreat center.
7. Schedule down-time.
Make room for “Do-Nothing-Time.” This is the time to soak in all your blissful wellness activities, to reflect, and to cherish this experience. Too often on retreat we try to cram in as many activities as we can and before we know it that early morning meditation is more stressful than blissful.
Seven simple steps is all you need to have a blissful, relaxing weekend. Go ahead and enjoy your soul-soothing at-home wellness retreat!
HuffPost’s GPS for the Soul app is based on two truths about human beings. First: We all have a centered place of wisdom, harmony and balance within us. Second: We’re all going to veer away from that place, again and again and again. What we need is a great course-correcting mechanism — a GPS for the Soul — to help us find our way back to that centered place, from which everything is possible.
You do not always need to go to a spa to have a relaxing day. Recreate an amazing spa experience at home with these 8 DIY tips for a relaxing evening at home.
Treating yourself doesn’t have to mean leaving your house. In fact, you can get one of the best spa experiences in the privacy of your own bathroom. How great does that sound? With just the right beauty products and a few DIY tips, you can transform your evening in, into a 5-star experience. After a long week of work, school or whatever else has been filling your schedule, you deserve the best-of-the-best and who better to treat you like the queen you are than yourself? Get your perfect at-home spa night started with these eight easy steps for a relaxing night in.
1. SET THE MOOD
When it comes to creating a spa-like experience, it’s all about the ambiance. Set the mood for your spa day by turning on your favorite calming playlist, grabbing yourself a tasty beverage (champagne is always recommended) and lighting a few of your favorite seasonal candles. By creating the perfect space, you can help yourself dive deeper into relaxation and set the scene for your personal day of beauty.
2. WARM UP YOUR TOWELS
Have you noticed that spas never have chilly towels? Turn your bathroom into a luxury hotel by warming up your towels before you hit the showers. Don’t have a towel warmer on hand? No worries! Throw a couple towels into your dryer for a few minutes and let them warm. After about five minutes, pull them out and they’re good to go.
Pro tip: Throw a few hand towels into the dryer as well. If used damp, these tiny towels are perfect for steaming open your pores before a facemask or softening your cuticles before a mani/pedi.
3. START WITH CALMING BEAUTY PRODUCTS
Never underestimate the power of good aromatherapy. To start your spa day, hit the showers and reach for beauty products that come in calming scents. For instance, Hydrate Sheer Shampoo and Conditioner features a signature blend of ylang-ylang, bergamot, and patchouli that help to calm your sense and leave your hair feeling moisturized.
4. REACH FOR A HAIR MASQUE
Once you’ve cleansed your hair, take your conditioning treatment even further by using a hair masque throughout your strands. Not only are they super moisturizing for the hair, but they can also help to soften and repair dry strands as well as maximize color retention for color-treated strands. Talk about a win-win in a bottle! Once you apply, allow it to soak in for two to five minutes before rinsing clean.
5. EXFOLIATE FROM HEAD TO TOE
While your hair masque is working, reach for either an exfoliating mitt or body brush to help gently exfoliate your skin from head to toe. To get the most out of this, start at your feet and work your way upward in circular motions toward the heart. This easy method helps to stimulate blood flow while shedding dead skin cells. The combination of the two helps to leave your skin glowing and radiant. Just be sure to apply a thick moisturizer after your shower to help restore your skin’s natural moisture barrier.
6. CLEANSE YOUR PORES
Once your hair has been rinsed and your skin exfoliated, it’s time to get out of the shower and apply your favorite facemask. It’s important to do this step as soon as you’re out of the shower since the steam from the hot water opened your pores. Open pores mean a greater chance of the nutrients in your mask penetrating to the deepest layers of your skin.
Don’t know what type of facemask to use? If you’re looking to battle a breakout, reach for a purifying clay mask. The rich clay will help to draw out impurities and leave the skin feeling cleansed. Need a bit more moisture? Try using a face mask formulated with vitamin B3 for an instant boost of hydration. Whichever mask you choose, be sure to read the instructions carefully and time the mask accordingly.
7. POLISH, POLISH, POLISH
Now, it’s time for the perfect pedicure. Start by using a pumice stone on the rough patches of your feet to help buff away any dead skin. Next, apply a thick cream to help restore the skin’s natural moisture. If you want, you can wrap warm hand towels around your feet to help the lotion sink in even further.
After a few minutes, remove the towels and get polish. To ensure long-lasting color, be sure to use a base and topcoat to seal in your shade. Voila – perfectly pedicured toes!
Once your toes are polished, your body is scrubbed and your hair is moisturized, it’s time to hit the hay. One of the most important aspects of any beauty routine is quality sleep. Since you’ve been decompressing, now is a perfect time catch some shut eye. Sweet dreams!
Have you ever had those days or weeks when you felt stressed, worried, and just plain tired? When I used to work in a company and had regular hours, I used to experience that kind of thing all the time. There were times when I just wanted to hang out with friends to relieve the stress. But most of the time, I craved a quiet night at home where I could just relax. If you ever feel like you need to take a break from the world, then read on. Here are some ideas for a cozy and relaxing night at home.
Table of contents:
1 Take a Shower or Have a Bath
To start off your evening, take a shower or have a bath. Imagine all the stress, worries, and troubles go down the drain along with the physical impurities. There is no need to rush. Take as much time as you want to wash your hair, to soap your body, and to rinse off all traces of the day or week that has passed.
2 Wear Your Most Comfortable Clothes
After drying yourself off, select clothes that you can comfortably lounge in. It could be an oversized shirt, your well-loved pajamas, sweat shirt and pants, or even just your underwear.
3 Pick Your Spot
Decide where in your house you want to do your relaxing. You can be in your living room, lounging on your couch. Or you can also be snuggled up in bed.
4 Prepare Food
Sometimes, there is no comfort like the kind you get from food. There are so many food choices you can make for your relaxing night. You should still try to keep your intake moderate and on the healthy side. But of course, that is not to say that you canвЂ™t have your cake and ice cream. Just make sure that you donвЂ™t binge or overeat.
5 Drink Something Warm and Soothing
On nights when I just want to relax, I find that it helps to drink something warm and soothing. I enjoy hot chocolate or caffeine-free tea best. You can also opt to drink warm milk. I donвЂ™t recommend that you drink coffee because you might have a hard time falling asleep. Some people still have trouble sleeping even when they drink decaf coffee. Just know what works for you.
6 Make Use of Warm Lighting
Giving your home a warm ambiance is easy if you make use of lighting. If you have a dimmer, take advantage of it. You can also light candles but make sure that you blow them out at the end of the night. Lamps are also easy ways to create warm lighting in your home.
7 Listen to Music
Music can greatly affect our mood and energy levels. Some people feel relaxed by the sound of nature. Others like slow rock, rhythm and blues, or jazz. Other people like classical or baroque music. There are some people who prefer something different like punk, trip hop, grunge, or alternative. The music you pick really depends on your taste.
8 Have a Movie Marathon
Like music, your pick of movies depends on the genre you enjoy. Your movie marathon can have a theme or you can just watch whatever you find interesting.
9 Catch up on Your Reading
If movies arenвЂ™t your thing, then you can always catch up on your reading. You can use this time to finally finish a book you started to read. Your cozy and relaxing night can also be the perfect time to start reading a new book.
10 Spend Time with Your Loved One
You should use this night to bond and become intimate with him. In this busy world, we have to take advantage of every chance we get to strengthen our ties with those we love. You can play video games or board games with him, have dinner, watch a movie, or just have a conversation; you can do anything you want with him.
A cozy and relaxing night spent at home is something that everyone should experience once in a while. Even those who enjoy partying can use a quiet night in the comfort of their own homes. Life is too short to deny ourselves these simple pleasures. Why not indulge once in a while?
Summer is the season for rest and relaxation, but let’s get real: if you’re on a budget, balancing student loans, or living paycheck to paycheck, saving money for the Kardashian-level vacation of your dreams might not be exactly in reach. Luckily, you don’t need to spend your entire savings on a jet-setting adventure to enjoy everything summer has to offer: a staycation can be just as (or even more) relaxing, compared to a full-blown vacation. Think about it another way: those PTO days aren’t going to use themselves right? These staycation ideas for adults can help you chill out in style, right in the comfort of your own home.
If you aren’t headed to a tropical paradise or lakeside getaway for summer vacation, taking a staycation doesn’t mean all you have to do is Netflix and chill in bed (unless, of course, that’s exactly what you want to do). You can make your staycation feel extravagant even in your own apartment вЂ” especially thanks to all the extra money you’ll be saving by nixing the costs of flights. If you are all about the glitz and glamour of vacation, here are 11 ways to make your staycation feel ultra luxurious when you’re kicking it at home.
Schedule An In-Home Massage
Sure, you can always go to the spa, but what’s more luxurious than hiring a massage therapist to actually come into your home? The last thing most people want to do on any kind of vacation is run around and sit in traffic, so bring the massage therapist to you. There are tons of apps that help connect you with massage therapists in your area; Zeel and Soothe are two top-rated ones.
With an ever-increasing busy schedule, most people spend more time in their offices or on the road than they do in their homes. The hustle and bustle of daily life is so stressful, one needs to find a sanctuary devoid of anything that could amount to stress. The home should be the ideal option.
Your home should nurture you, not leave you exhausted. A disorganized home, full of chaos and clutter cannot be relaxing. Keeping your home organized would make it a peaceful and relaxing space, and this would definitely add to your productivity at work. It is therefore important to take the following steps to make your home more relaxing:
Flowers are incredibly soothing both visually and aromatically. They add nature to your home, which helps to clean and oxygenate the indoor air. You should therefore add a touch of green to your living area.
2. Get rid of cluster regularly
Cluster has a way of creeping upon you. It is distracting and instills a sense of chaos and disorderliness. Remove unused or unwanted items and replace them with fancy pictures or potted plants. Tackle the cluster and get rid of the tension and chaos it creates.
Color is key to making to making your home more relaxing. The paint colors you choose can have profound effects on your mood. For a quiet and relaxing atmosphere, you can go with blue, green and grey go well. White and beiges too. Try to stick with natural tones, study and learn more about colors and their moods before making your decision. Bright colors might energize you, but since you are after relaxation, stick to it.
4. Positive feeling
Add memories that excite you or bring smiles to your face around your home. You could add items from fun excursions that remind you of good times and people. These items will give you a boost and feelings of satisfaction as you move through your home.
5. Technology zone
Design your home in such a way that there are designated areas for various activities. Having a designated space for playing video games like FIFA 2017, Mortal Kombat Cash royale gemmes and Car race, or any other kind of tech gadgets will help you move unconsciously from one activity to the other with ease and grace. This will subconsciously cue you for various activities and help you maintain balance and harmony.
6. Decorate your bedroom with real furniture
A chair or even a small stool can make your bedroom feel homier. A recliner or sofa should help you unwind easily and make bath time feel more interesting and intimate. However, watch it, so that bedroom furniture does not create cluster. An easy way to avoid clusters is to use a mounting devise to hold some of your household items. For example, a TV wall mount will save you a great deal of space, likewise a mounted shelf to tore your books and shoes.
7. Pay attention to your kitchen
It’s easy to neglect your kitchen while paying attention to other rooms in the house. Try to maintain one color for all kitchen wares. This would make the space feel more compact and can visually help you to stop being bogged down when in your kitchen. There are many kitchen designs out there that could help optimize your productivity at home.
8. Invest in bedsheets with high thread content
They don’t have to be expensive. Just know that the higher the thread content, the softer the sheets. Also, try to have your bedsheet colors in white, neutral or soft pastels. Replace old pillows with supportive ones and add more pillows to your bed to give it a luxurious feel. Most of all, if your mattress is well worn, consider purchasing a new one.
9. Have a mini living room in your bedroom?
If you have the space, create a sitting area with an oversized chair or couch where you can read or watch television without having to sit on your bed. Have a lamp handy to ensure proper lightening when the sun goes down.
10. Change or rearrange your furniture
Place your furniture at a most relaxing focal point. Keep them together in a comfortable and intimate setting. Consider natural colors or white as bright colors and loud fabrics could be jarring and energizing. The texture should be soft to touch as well as visually.
11. All rooms are important
Pay attention to all rooms in your home, ALL. Even the uninhabited rooms. For instance, it might be the time to start considering walk in shower ideas to optimize your bathroom experience or time to install a platform in a storage or guest room for hiding away your stuff. You will have a more relaxed home by attending to every room and making every space count. Also, try to make each space in your room inspired.
12. Start now
It is easy to be overwhelmed with all these tips. Adding items or redecorating your home can look cumbersome. However, take a moment and reflect on what you would like your home and life to look like, then begin taking small steps daily to create a more calm and relaxing home. No matter how small, take steps to this end.
Creating an at-home spa will give you access to a personal oasis without breaking the bank.
Prioritizing your own health and wellness can be nothing if not overwhelming, and self-care is often packaged and sold to women as expensive investments. But in reality, self-care is simply making a conscious decision to spend time on yourself: breaking the bank is not required. There are ways to create an at-home spa — or fancy dinner or movie theater experience — that’ll cost you less than $15 (or, if you’re really creative, nothing). In fact, more often than not you can use common household items to create spa-like self-care moments that will rejuvenate you, revitalize you, and help you get back to neutral.
If you’re dealing with a particularly stressful situation, or you’re looking for a way to unwind from daily life on a routine basis, creating a spa day at home can be one of the easiest and most effective ways to find some peace and quiet. And whether you only only do this once a month or once a year, it’s always worth spending some extra TLC on yourself.
First thing’s first: You’re going to want to get a fancy, comfy AF robe. Even if you already have a well-worn robe at home, consider treating yourself to a new, organic cotton option, like these from Eileen West to make this at-home spa day feel as realistic as possible. Having a fresh, crisp robe to slip into to start your day will really get you into the R&R mood.
Before you start any other skin care treatments, put on some soothing anti-puff eye masks (cucumbers work too, but aren’t quite as fun) to sooth any tired skin around your eyes. Pacifica’s Leave Pretty Anti-Puff Eye Patches are rich in antioxidants and help soothe and lock in moisture. (Plus, they’re only $5.)
Now that you’re in your robe and soothing eye mask, make yourself a hot, soothing cup of tea. Aim for a flavor without caffeine, like Celestial Seasoning’s Tension Tamer tea, which is made of “eleuthero, an ancient herb believed to impart a sense of calm,” as well as peppermint, ginger, and lemongrass “to create an uplifting and balanced tea.”
Next up, set the mood for the spa day by lighting a candle. No matter what you do for your “treatments” throughout the day, the most important thing to know is that it’s all about setting the mood, as Dylan Maustapich, Face Haus NYC Lead Esthetician, tells Woman’s Day.
“Dim the lights, light those candles, put a few drops of essential oil in the tub, load up some Sade on Spotify and next thing you know you are completely transported to your favorite spa,” Maustapich says. If you’re looking for just the right candle, aim for scents that promote relaxation, like this “Unwind” candle with notes of black amber, vanilla, and sandalwood.
If you’re not the candle type, try a soothing spray to set the mood, like Leaf People’s French Lavender Room & Pillow Spray, which is supposed to have a “soothing essence.”
If you shave your legs, an at-home spa day is a good time to make that beauty “chore” more relaxing (and fun!) than usual. Invest in some high quality shaving cream, like Athena Club’s Cloud Shave Foam (infused with oats and aloe) and take time shaving and moisturizing your legs while listening to a podcast, watching a favorite show, or jamming to some music. If you’re not even shaving, try a Nair Leg Mask which is aimed for uses in between hair removal to smooth and hydrate legs.
As a beauty treatment, consider a full-body mud mask. The Dead Sea Body Mud Mask from Ahava is less than $20 and is said to “replenish nutrients and minerals while detoxifying the skin.” It’s a little more indulgent than your daily face mask, which is exactly why it’s perfect for an at-home spay day.
Another simple and affordable (but often overlooked) skin care treatment is a face scrub. So whether you just add an extra step into your daily skin care routine, or you make it part of your full-on at-home facial, take some time to do a face scrub. Cetaphil’s Extra Gentle Daily Scrub is an affordable, gentle option for those who aren’t used to exfoliation or have sensitive skin.
An at-home spa day is a great opportunity to make time for a start-to-finish facial.
“Start with a gentle cleanser, like Cleansing Serum, to thoroughly cleanse the skin without stripping it. Second step is to exfoliate,” Shani Darden, celebrity esthetician and skin expert, tells Woman’s Day. Darden suggests a liquid exfoliant instead of a scrub, especially if you want an even gentler option. “After exfoliating, use a mask like iS Clinical’s Hydra-Intensive Cooling Masque, which is deeply hydrating and anti-inflammatory,” she says. “Follow up with a hyaluronic acid serum, like iS Clinical’s Hydra-Cool, to soothe and plump up the skin with hydration. Apply an eye cream, like iS Clinical’s Youth Eye Complex, to brighten the under-eye and minimize the appearance of fine lines. Finish with a great moisturizer for your skin type. Weightless Oil-Free Moisturizer is a great option for those with normal to oily skin, and iS Clinical’s Reparative Moisture Emulsion is great for those with dry skin.”
If skin isn’t your thing, a hair mask can be just as soothing and relaxing as any face mask or scrub. Phillip Kingsley, of Philip Kingsley Hair Care and Clinics, offers a quick recipe for a DIY mask for color treated hair: “Whisk together two eggs, one tbsp of thick conditioner, one ounce castor oil, one ripe avocado, one ounce of full-fat milk, and refrigerate overnight. Apply to your hair in sections.”
Cucumber water is a spa staple, so make some for a refreshing treat toward the end of your spa day. And if you want to make things a little more fun, try an alcoholic version, like Cutwater’s Cucumber Vodka Soda.
August 26, 2019
No matter what’s going on in your life, you deserve to focus on your self-care. It’s important to bring self-care into your life every day, even in small and quick ways. But occasionally giving yourself a full day to focus on your self-care can be so helpful for your mental health, wellness, and quality of life.
It’s often essential to have a day to yourself; a day for you to take a break, with no distractions or commitments, so you can enjoy yourself and destress. We all need these self-care days to relax, recharge, and reset. Having a self-care day every now and then will help you approach the responsibilities and realities of daily life with a refreshed mind and rejuvenated soul.
Taking a self-care day allows you to slow things down and indulge in self-care practices that you wouldn’t normally have time for on a daily basis. If you’re looking for some fresh ideas for a self-care day, try out these 15 ideas on your next relaxing self-care day!
1. Explore somewhere new.
Ignite your sense of adventure and wonder by exploring a new place for the day. This is a great way to take a break from your normal daily routine and nourish your soul.
2. Take a long bath.
It’s cliché, but it’s true: taking a bath is a great way to practice self-care. You might not always have time for a long bath, so bring this practice into your self-care day and soak it all in.
3. Catch up on Netflix.
This isn’t the most intellectually stimulating thing you can do on your self-care day, but catching up on shows or movies you’ve wanted to watch is a great way to take a break and relax.
4. Take yourself out on a date.
Who said you need a partner to go on a date? A self-care day is a great excuse to treat yourself and indulge in all the benefits of a really fun date.
5. Go for a long walk.
Spend time outdoors and just wander. This is a great way to relax while also bringing some exercise into your self-care day.
6. Cook your favourite meal.
Cooking for yourself, just for the fun of it, can be so rewarding. Whip up your favourite meal and savour it all to yourself!
7. Declutter your space.
This might seem like a chore, but with some mindset shifts, decluttering can be a great addition to your self-care day. Tidying up the spaces you use the most, like your bedroom, might just help you declutter your mind as well.
8. Read, read, and read some more.
If you’re like me, you always have a stack of books that you say you’ll get around to reading but never seem to find the time to. During your self-care day, take advantage of your free time and catch up on your reading list.
9. Try a new activity.
Maybe you found a cool DIY project you want to try, or there’s a class you’ve wanted to attend for a while, or you came across an enticing recipe you’ve been wanting to make. Use your self-care day to escape the mundane of daily life and try out some new activities.
10. Have a spa day.
Whether you do it at home or treat yourself at an actual spa, pamper yourself on your self-care day. It’s a great way to relax your body and rejuvenate your mind.
11. Sleep in.
When you have a lot of responsibilities, sleeping in seems to become a luxury. On your self-care day, get some extra shut-eye and don’t get out of bed until you’re fully ready to wake up.
12. Disconnect from technology.
During your self-care day, take a break from your phone and social media, even if just for a few hours. Disconnecting for a little while will allow you to really focus on engaging with your self-care.
13. Go see a movie by yourself.
Going to the movies is probably something you usually do with other people, but going by yourself can actually be pretty fun. If there’s a movie you’ve wanted to watch but can’t seem to find anyone who also wants to see it, head to the theatre on your self-care day and enjoy it all by yourself.
14. Plan a trip or getaway.
Whether it’s a solo trip or a getaway with people you love, planning a trip will give yourself something to look forward to, which makes it a great activity to do on your self-care day.
On your self-care day, write out whatever comes to your mind and heart. Release your thoughts and emotions, reflect on your life, and set some goals for the future. Journaling is always an effective way to connect with yourself, and can be a really relaxing self-care practice.
These are just some of the practices and activities you can bring into your self-care day. Having a self-care day is all about doing whatever is the most relaxing, joyful, and rejuvenating for you so you can greet the rest of your days with a clear, fresh mindset. Decide what you want to include in your day, and try to have self-care days more often! When you do, your mental health, wellness, and overall view of life will greatly improve.
What activities are part of your perfect relaxing self-care day? Let me know in the comments below!
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