Wasn't it just a few months ago when you couldn't even carve out some personal relaxing space right at home because of all the responsibilities that are waiting outside? Now that it's not so easy to go out, it's a perfect time to do some activities you couldn't even dream of doing before--like having a spa day right at home!
Now leave all your worries away with some simple do-it-yourself activities that can instantly turn your home into a relaxing space for some needed me-time!
Setting the mood
Before starting any self-care ritual, it would be great to set up the mood of your house first. Turn off your lights and light up a few candles. Choose candles that are created from beeswax or bayberry wax because these are both natural and have a fresh, sweet aroma. You can add in scents like lavender, eucalyptus or cinnamon. Next, put on some relaxing music to help keep you focused on your mind, body and soul.
Tea is a must while you're at it. It helps your mind unwind and keeps the anxieties away. Try calming flavours such as lavender and chamomile for relaxation, green tea with honey for good health and ginseng-flavoured tea for energy.
A sweet-smelling bath experience
Anything that smells good can instantly boost your mood. Pamper yourself with a soothing scented bath soap that not only cleanses your body but also invigorates your mind.
You can also choose a relaxing essential oil such as lavender or an uplifting oil such as neroli and add a few drops to a damp flannel or sponge. Place this on the floor in front of you as you shower to allow the steam to release the scents.
Hand soak relaxation
Too much hand washing (although that's extremely important, girls!) can leave your hands feeling dry. To keep your hands from looking like it has aged 50 years in the past month, it's important to exfoliate--and you can do this with a little bit of a relaxing ritual. Soak your hands in a bowl of warm water, close your eyes and focus on relaxing. After 10 minutes or so, take your hands out, wash and dry them. Then cover your hands with a rich moisturizer.
Relax your feet
More often than not, the feet can be overlooked during your normal rush days. Now that you have more time in your hands, it's time to give it some special treatment. For a quick and easy concoction, choose ready-made foot soak products that are made with beneficial natural ingredients like salt, oats, aloe vera and essential oils. Soak your feet for a couple of minutes while you do other things (perhaps while marathoning a series or reading a gripping book?). You can also massage your feet with essential oils, leave it on for a few minutes, then wash off. The end result? Moisturized, uncracked heels!
DIY Hair Conditioning and Treatment
Good hair days will always put you in a good mood, whether you're outdoors or in. Sadly, it's not so easy to run to your favorite hairstylist nowadays, and it's likely that you haven't had the good old hair treatment in a while. Guess what? You can treat your hair to some deep conditioning treatment right at home! It's important to first determine what your locks are lusting after, be it hydration, vitamins, or a color boost. With that knowledge, it's easy to get your hands on the right remedy, if you know where to look.
Rejuvenating facial wash and steam
Even if you're not going out of the house these days, your face can still be exposed to dirt buildup, so don't ever skip a good old facial wash. Steaming is also a great way to open up your pores and achieve clearer, more glowing skin. It used to be a luxury when you were always rushing out of the house, but--silver lining--you can do this now! Fill a bowl with boiled water and leave to cool slightly so that it is not hot enough to burn your skin. Add a couple of drops of essential oils, such as tea tree oil for acne-prone skin, lavender oil for oily skin or rose absolute oil for dry skin. Steam your face for a few minutes by leaning over the bowl with a towel covering your head to trap the steam. You can follow a steam treatment with a purifying clay mask or simply some toner and moisturizer.
How do you try to relax at home these days? Share with us your tips, too!