After the year we’ve had, we don’t blame you if you need a spa day. And while the spa may not be open right now, that doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on a day filled with relaxation and rest. Sure, getting a deep tissue massage and a facial would be really nice right now. But there are things you can do at home to find balance and peace while also showing yourself a lot of self love. So throw on those lounge pants and start relaxing!
Whether you’ve done a DIY at home spa day, or you’re used to getting pampered at the actual spa, once you set up your own spa day at home, you’ll be hooked. Not only is it nice to treat yourself to a day where you feel pampered with some much-needed self-care, but self-care can be really therapeutic and helpful, especially during these times. Sure, self-care may seem like a frivolous thing, but this practice has been around for decades and it has some real benefits. Self-care can help prevent things like cancer, heart disease, burnout, anxiety, and stroke. Today, more people are overworked than ever, and burnout is a very real issue. However, you can add more balance and peace to your life by prioritizing self-care. And what better way than to carve out some time with an at-home spa day?
If you want to treat yourself to a home spa day, but you don’t know where to start, don’t worry! We have gathered all of the advice and resources so that you can spend less time researching and more time relaxing. Whether you implement all of these tips and activities into your spa day or you pick and choose the ones that make your heart the most happy, one thing is for sure: You’ll be resting in no time. We want this guide to be as accessible and easy to accomplish, which means you can easily do some of these spa day activities right this second in the convenience of your own home. You can even make DIY masks and spa treatments out of ingredients in your refrigerator or pantry.
Get Dressed in Your Favorite Things
Now, you know that at Chic Soul we strongly believe that your clothes determine how you feel. And even if you’re just lounging around the house or treating yourself to an at-home spa day, you can relax, unwind, and recharge through your outfit choice. We recommend putting on your favorite plus size lounge pants or a loungewear dress.
Also, when you’re styling your plus size leggings and spa day outfits, make sure you’re prioritizing fabrics and materials that make you feel radiant, comfortable, and a little sexy. We like to think of it like this: You’re a goddess, and you deserve to treat yourself like one. So, ask yourself what would a goddess wear on her spa day? And, boom! What you envision is exactly what you should be wearing. If you’re wearing something you feel comfortable and beautiful in, your confidence and self-esteem will last all day—whether you want to bundle up in cozy winter tops and sweaters or twirl around the house in a lounge dress.
Think About Your Favorite Spa Treatments
A trip to the spa could mean something different for everybody. Some people love doing a face mask or getting a facial, while some love getting a foot massage. And, for some people, yoga, deep breathing, and meditation might also be a form of relaxation that’s perfect for a spa day.
So, before you get started on planning out your spa day, figure out which treatments and activities will relax you the most. If you’re having a hard time coming up with some treatments to do during your spa day at home, we have come up with a few of our favorite relaxation methods to help you feel recharged and rejuvenated.
- Hair Mask – Is your hair in need of major moisture or just needs some more hydration? If so, you may want to incorporate a DIY hair mask in your spa day. There are so many great options for hair masks that you can make with the ingredients in your fridge or cabinet. Start by researching your hair symptoms—like dry scalp or split ends—and then type in “DIY mask” after it to find out what your perfect hair mask could be.
- Face Mask – Of course, it wouldn't be a spa day without one of your favorite face masks. Whether you love a sheet mask or a clarifying clay mask, we think you should incorporate this self-care method into every spa day. Similar to the hair masks, you can also DIY a face mask or you can stop by your favorite beauty brand and pick one up before your spa day.
- Pedi and Mani – Do your toes and fingernails need some love? If so, you may want to incorporate a manicure and pedicure in your day. Whether you soak your feet in your bathtub or you have your own personal foot spa, either way, you’re bound to feel beautiful and relaxed after you show your nails and feet some love.
- Meditation and Yoga – While meditating and yoga could be a spa day of its own, we also love the idea of incorporating it in your spay day routine. Taking time to reset and recharge can be a really beneficial practice that has you feeling renewed for the rest of the week.
- Massage – Whether you recruit a friend or have a foot or shoulder massager on hand, getting a massage during your home spa day can be very relaxing. But don’t think that you need to book a professional massage to reap the benefits.
- Hot Bath – If you want to feel weightless and relaxed instantly, draw a warm bath. This is such a relaxing way to have a moment of peace.
Set the Mood
Think about your favorite spa. When you walk through the door, what do you see, hear, and smell? Chances are the feng shui is set perfectly and relaxes you as soon as you walk in. So, as you plan your spa day at home, you want your environment to have that same affect on you.
Think about an atmosphere that’s really calming to you. What does it look, sound, and smell like? Whether you need to dim the lighting, light some candles, defuse some essential oils, or turn on high-frequency music or relaxing nature tones, it’s important to cater to and relax all of your senses.
Start with a Relaxing Shower
Wash the day away or start your spa day off right with a relaxing warm shower. You want to go into your spa day feeling as clean and rejuvenated as possible. If you’re looking to take relaxation to a deeper level, light a candle in your bathroom or bring a glass of wine to the shower. What? You have never had shower wine? After your shower, wrap yourself in your favorite satin or cozy robe and let the magic begin.
If you’re planning a spa day for yourself, chances are, you need some rest, relaxation, and maybe some more mindfulness. If you need to unplug and shut out the rest of the world, we suggest meditation. Meditation can seem like an overwhelming and intimidating practice, but it can be whatever you would like it to be. Meditation is all about sitting in silence and breathing while you let thoughts and worries wash over you and pass you by.
We recommend starting out your spa day with a meditation session by just sitting on the floor or lying in bed and closing your eyes. You can play peaceful music and sounds that help you relax while you do this or you can meditate in silence. Take a deep breath and notice that you’re letting go of stress, fear, worry, and anxiety with every exhale. You can even use this time to manifest and envision a better, more relaxed you.
As we mentioned above, it’s really important to ignite all of your senses—even taste. At the end of your spa day, treat yourself to your favorite warm tea, iced tea, or a decadent chocolate treat. Indulging in your favorite treats is the best way to end your spa day because it feels like a treat and a reward. And that’s what a spa day is all about! If you're not a fan of chocolate, create your own menu of yummy desserts or snacks—whether that’s a yogurt parfait or an iced coffee—this day is all about you, so it’s important to tailor it to your needs and wants.
Turn Off Your Mobile Device
Placing your phone on airplane mode or turning it off completely could be a spa day within itself. If you can, silence your phone and keep it out of reach during your spa session. We want you to relax and be present!
Make It a Routine
If you’re seeing the benefits of your at-home spa day, you may want to make this a regular routine. There’s no shame in routine self-care. So find a day or a time that works for you every week and block it off your calendar.
Invest in Massage Equipment or Recruit a Friend
If you’re really missing massages, and you could use a thorough back, foot, or shoulder massage during your spa day, recruit a friend or significant other to join you. You can turn the spa day into a little adventure for the both of you. And the best part is that you will both get a great massage. If you prefer solo spa days, you may want to invest in a foot massager, pedicure bath, or a neck and shoulder massager. Having these devices on hand will not only greatly enhance your spa day, but they’ll be there whenever you need to take a small break!
Draw a Bath
Whether you love taking baths routinely or you never get around to taking one, you’ll definitely want to work a bath into your spa day somehow. There’s something about being covered in warm water, bath salts, and bubbles that really can just melt away all of your worries. If you want to spice up your bath, add a bath bomb or bath salts. These enhancements can make your bath even more relaxing, while also nourishing your body.
How do you feel about journaling? If your initial response is “meh,” then we advise you skip this step! However, if you love journaling and look at it as a way to set goals and process emotions, we think you definitely need a journaling session incorporated into your spa day. It can feel really good to move through your emotions, as well as write down your goals after a relaxing day when your mind is clear. While we realize that writing may seem like a chore to some, we definitely don’t want you to feel like that on your spa day. Only if you feel like it helps and centers you, then bring a notepad and a pen.
Improve Yourself with Some Self-Care
Are you feeling inspired to create your own spa day? We hope so! No matter what your at-home spa day looks like, it’s important for your mental and physical health to prioritize rest and relaxation. So, whether you use all of these spa day tips or you only decide to practice one, you’re already improving your health and wellbeing!