Go on a wellness retreat without leaving home
“Me time” isn’t just a trendy catchphrase, nor is it a selfish demand. It is, in fact, a critical part of self-care. Taking time out of your hectic schedule to look after yourself by relaxing, enjoying some pampering, and making a conscious effort to combat some of the stress in your life is the best way to ensure that you can continue to look after those around you and take care of all your daily responsibilities.
Spa weekends are a great way to practice self-care, but spa treatments can cost a small fortune – let alone meals and accommodation at a spa. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a wonderful spa weekend right at home! We have some tips for carving out that time and space, as well as inexpensive homemade spa treatments you can treat yourself to.
- Set some ground rules. Perhaps you can’t steal away the entire weekend – especially if you have children who will still require at least some of your attention – but you can insist upon a block of uninterrupted time in a space that only you are allowed to enter. Enlist the help of friends or family who can babysit, set up play dates, or ask your spouse to keep the kids occupied for as long as it takes for you to enjoy some relaxing pampering. Make it clear that you cannot be interrupted unless it’s an absolute emergency. Demanding this time is one of the best ways to teach your kids the importance of self-care so that they will also know how to do it one day.
- Make it social. If you have like-minded friends, join forces and make it a girl’s weekend. Choose a house, bring your own sleeping gear and spa treatment supplies, and relax with your friends. This is also a good way to ensure that you don’t have to do all of your spa treatments yourself – you can take turns doing each other’s nails, applying facials, and sharing cooking duties.
- Make your own spa treatments. Sure, store-bought treatments are luxurious, but they can be cost prohibitive, and going into debt buying creams and potions isn’t particularly relaxing. Luckily you can get some of the same benefits with homemade treatments at a fraction of the cost. Check out WebMD for recipes for an all-natural chocolate facial mask, apple pie skin polish, natural hair conditioner made with honey, avocado and cream; and a sugar scrub and honey hand wrap. Living Well Spending Less also has some wonderful, inexpensive spa treatment recipes such as homemade bubble bath, a honey yogurt oatmeal mask, and oatmeal bath sachets. A quick search online will yield hundreds of amazing recipes!
- Don’t forget about your mind. You may be focused on facials and pedicures, but remember that your whirling mind needs some attention too. Make sure to include mind-quieting activities like meditation, coloring and breathing exercises like the ones described on WebMD.
- Eat well. If you were heading to a fancy spa for the weekend you’d be fueling your body with wonderfully healthy and nutritious foods, so try to do the same when you’re doing it on your own at home. Stay hydrated with fresh drinks like this Sassy Spa Water, and check out the menus and accompanying recipes from these exotic spas around the world compiled by Epicurious.
- Give yourself a massage. Sure, it’s not quite the same as having someone else do it for you, but if you’re on your own you can still enjoy the benefits of therapeutic massage. Check out Advanced Back and Neck Care for some simple self-massage techniques, and do a quick search online for videos and other how-tos for the areas on your body that most need your attention.
- Move your body. You don’t have to incorporate a 10K run into your spa weekend (unless you want to, of course), but part of caring for yourself does include physical activity. If you want to make it more spa-like, consider giving yoga a try. Check out our article on using your body to quiet your mind for more information on the benefits of yoga, as well as links to useful resources to help you get started.
While it’s not exactly the same as truly getting away from it all by going to a spa for the weekend, with a little ingenuity and planning you can still enjoy the benefits of relaxing treatments, delicious food, and mind-calming activities in the comfort of your own home for a fraction of the cost.
You deserve it and you’re worth it, so make yourself a priority and just do it!