The fall season is upon us. The leaves are changing colors. Before we know it, trick-or-treaters will be knocking on our doors, and soon after that will come Thanksgiving and Christmas. The holidays can be stressful, and our schedules get busier and busier. How can one stay relaxed during the holidays? One way is to be intentional with your time and incorporate self-care into your schedule, like going to the spa. Since the holidays are so busy, you may not always have time to get to the spa. So, why not bring the spa to you and relax in the comfort of your home? Below, I’ll share my easy-to-follow spa day at home checklist so you can stay relaxed during the holidays.
The Importance of Self-care
As the saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty cup. But how does one fill their cup? The answer is self-care. Self-care is vital for both your physical and emotional health. It can be incorporated in many different ways and looks different for everyone. Some people fill their cup by being outside in nature and others by putting on relaxing music and journaling. Making sure your cup is filled and practicing self-care is especially important during the holidays. There are so many things to do and places to go during this time of year that sometimes our self-care gets put on the back burner. And with so many places we are already scheduled to be, how would we ever schedule time to practice self-care, such as scheduling time to go to the spa? Well, how about bringing the spa to you?
A Spa Day at Home Checklist
Relax and unwind at home by bringing the spa to you. Below is my easy-to-follow spa day at home checklist.
1. Set the Stage
Today is your scheduled spa day at home. You have the house to yourself. It’s time to set the stage. Silence your phone notifications. Turn on some soothing music. Dim the lights. Diffuse essential oils like lavender or light a candle with a relaxing scent like this fantastic candle from Out of Darkness Candle Co.
2. Gather the Necessities
After you’ve set the stage, gather what you’ll need to pamper yourself.
- A cozy robe and some fuzzy slippers
- Shower Steamers
- Body Polish
- Body Butter
3. Steam it Up!
Now that you’ve set the stage and gathered the necessities, it’s time to unwind. Taking a hot shower is not just good for relaxing the mind but the body as well. Hot showers can help relax those tight neck and back muscles and clear your mind. Grab your shower steamer and place it where the water stream won’t directly hit it. The water and steam will activate the shower steamer by releasing the aroma of its infused essential oils. Your shower will become a peaceful oasis.
4. The Magical Experience of Exfoliation
Now that you are starting to feel relaxed from the hot shower and the blissful aromas from the shower steamer, it’s time to kick it up a notch. Grab your body polish and unleash its magic on your skin. Apply the body polish by scooping a small amount onto your fingertips and rubbing in circular motions until the polish has dissolved. Exfoliating your skin is good to get your skin soft and radiant, but it also helps with stress relief when you massage it into your skin. Learn more about this amazing tool for your spa day at home in my blog, Why Use Body Polish? The Magical Benefits of Exfoliation – Serendipity Bath & Body (serendipitybb.com).
5. Hydrate Your Skin
You’ve gotten out of the shower. Your mind and body feel more relaxed and calm. You’ve exfoliated your skin. Next, it’s time to help your skin stay hydrated and relaxed. Grab your body butter. Be sure to pat your skin dry, not rubbed dry after you get out of the shower. Scoop a small amount of body butter into your hands and massage it into your skin. Pay extra attention to dry or rough areas like elbows, knees, and feet.
6. Savor the Moment
You’ve almost checked everything off the list, but there’s just one more thing to do. Put on that cozy robe and slip your feet into those fuzzy slippers. Pour yourself a cup of hot tea, grab a good book, put on some light music, sit down, and relax. You’ve had an amazing and relaxed spa day at home. Don’t rush to your to-do list just yet. Stay in the moment of this peaceful day just a bit longer before the chaos of life draws you back in.
A Relaxation Routine
Don’t let this day of relaxation fade into the sunset, never to be done again. Create a relaxation routine and continue to schedule your self-care spa days at home. You’ve now seen how easy it is with my spa day at home checklist. Make sure to stay stocked up on the essentials like shower steamers, body polish, and body butter. By scheduling periodic spa days at home throughout the holiday season, you can help lessen the stress this time of year brings. It will help you reset and be refreshed to tackle whatever the holidays bring.