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How to have 7 mini spa days at home when you are busy
We are living in a confusing time.
The world, as we know, it is uncertain in terms of our everyday lives. Just when we thought things could not get any worst, they do. The news is terrible, and life is so demanding.
We are worried:
- About getting the Coronavirus
- About working from home
- About becoming a stay at home parent suddenly
- About losing our jobs
- About having to keep working at our jobs during a pandemic
- About becoming teachers for our kids
- Because we have put a stop to our social life and most of us are staying at home for long periods of time
It is a massive adjustment for absolute everyone, no matter the circumstance. If you do not stop and breathe, you are going to get overwhelmed fast.
Besides all that, these days have been stressful, nerve-wracking and may leave you feeling isolated and exhausted.
Which means we need to take action now to regain some control in our lives.
So do just that, take care of yourself and control what you can.
Right now, there is no better time to pamper yourself and start a new self-care routine.
You need to do it for your body and for your sanity.
If you do not know where to start, don’t worry, I got you!
If you do not have much time or you have demanding kids, no worries, these are little things you can do each day that will make a significant impact.
7 Spa treatments in 7 Days
Busy moms, this is for you!
I have an easy schedule for you to follow that will last 7 days. It will kick off your spa treatments for your body and start a self-care routine for your confidence and mind.
Each day is easy, and by the end of day seven, you will have pampered each body part in some way.
Do it when you have time at YOUR convenience (or you can do everything at once).
Now, I know that you are limited in resources, and you are only going to the store for essential items and food – so I am going to list things you can do with what you have at home.
7 Self-care activities in 7 Days
Self-care is essential, it is doing something for yourself. It is important for women today because we can go for months at a time (or longer), not taking care of ourselves and burning the candle at both ends to get things done.
There are 7 self-care activities you can do easily along with your spa treatments. Each will take just a few minutes.
Through small acts of self-care for yourself, you can start to take care of your body and spirit. You can feel positive about life and yourself, which in the long run, will have many benefits.
Set the mood
This part is optional, but if you can set up your spa days, how you want. For ultimate relaxation, here are some ideas:
Clean and clutter-free
You want to do your spa days in a beautiful, clean, clutter-free environment; this will help reduce stress. Do not think about all the things you need to do in your bathroom, rather clear it out and just focus on yourself.
Is your restroom too bright? You can create a pleasantly dim-lit environment by lighting candles, an added bonus is to light one with your favorite scent.
If you do not want to use a candle, you can take out a few light bulbs if there are too many. Or if you have a lantern light or lamp somewhere in your house, you can take that and plug it in (put it somewhere safe, nowhere near water).
There are tons of things you can do to get the perfect lighting!
Music can really set the mood. Try some ambient sounds, soothing sounds, or light piano music. Unless you have some music that puts you in a pleasant, relaxing atmosphere, try that!
I am currently loving the latest Lana Del Rey album. It is called Norman F*cking Rockwell, it is gloomy and oh so haunting; it relaxes you and makes you feel raw and beautiful.
Steam up your bathroom
Let your shower run for a few minutes at the hottest temperature to give your bathroom a good steam. This will open your pores and clear your sinuses. It will help you sweat out some toxins too.
Overall it will make you feel better and give you that spa feeling.
Make your favorite drink, and have it available. Whether it is wine, tea, coffee, water, etc.
A good spa tip is to make some infused water for hydration and detoxing.
You make them the night before and leave them in the fridge overnight in a water bottle, or you can make a pitcher, here are 7 recipe combination ideas:
- Water, ice, cucumbers, lemon, lime, and mint
- Water, ice, strawberries, and oranges
- Water, ice, cucumber, blueberries, and ginger
- Water, ice, oranges, and lemon
- Wate, ice lemon, lime, and mint
- Water, ice, watermelon, and mint
- Water, ice, cucumber, strawberry, mint
When you are doing your spa treatments, make sure you wear your comfiest clothes. Grab your slippers and a robe. Make sure to use your best towels on yourself, too (don’t use those towels that are now rags because they keep dwindling away).
Spa Day 1 – Hair
For day one, you are going to start it off easy! Let’s begin with your hair.
As a mom, it is hard to find time to do anything with your hair. I always find my hair tangling and ending up with split ends because I neglect it for weeks at a time.
I do not know why people make such a big deal out of man buns, its mom buns that deserve all the credit (and do all the heavy lifting)!
Spa treatment: Hair treatment
Day one for your spa day is a hair treatment. If you happen to have a treatment or hair mask at home that you never got around to using, then do that. Or you can grab your regular conditioner and leave it in your hair overnight and rinse in the morning.
Another way to do your hair treatment is to make your mask at home. This is a great egg mask (eggs are selling out fast these days, so only use them if you have a few to spare):
- 1 Whole egg (two if you have long hair)
- 1 Tablespoon of olive oil
- Mix the ingredients together and place on damp hair for 20 minutes
- Rinse with cool water
- Let air dry
For different types of egg hair masks check out this article by Stylecraze
Self-care activity: Try out a new hairstyle
Day one for your self-care put your hair in a beautiful style and remind yourself why you love your hair.
It can be a hairstyle you have never tried before, or it can be a hairstyle you have not done in a long time.
Whatever it is, just do something with your hair that will make you feel beautiful!
Spa Day 2 – Feet and hands
Do you ever realize how much your hands and feet do for you? They both do a lot, they get you what you need and take you everywhere you go.
So naturally, it is good to give both some tender loving care and to give your body some well-deserved rest.
Spa treatment: Feet and hand treatment overnight
For day two, grab your favorite lotion and get your feet and hands moisturized.
Right before you go to bed, grab some old socks for your feet and some old mittens for your hands. If you do not have mittens, you can use some plastic gloves or whatever works for you for your hands.
Apply your moisturizer or lotion very liberally on your hands and feet, put the gloves, and sleep with them on overnight.
In the past, I have also used Vasoline and Vicks Vapor Rub on my feet to help moisturize them as well. Since those are typical household items, you can use that if you do not have a favorite moisturizer.
The next morning you will have some revitalized hands and feet! Make sure to moisturize them again in the morning for that extra oomph.
Self-care activity: Early to bed
Since you have your feet and hands in a moisturized cocoon, it is a great night to go to sleep at a decent hour. It does not have to be extremely early, but definitely do not stay up late.
This is a fantastic self-care activity because sleep is the source of all things good for your body. It not only revitalizes your body, but it helps you function.
According to a medical study that can be found here, Sleep Study driving under lack of sleep could be similar to driving while intoxicated. That is how important sleep really is, lack of it can be a hazard.
Get to bed early and start making it a part of your daily self-care routine. To help you fall asleep, you can put on some rain sounds or another type of white noise to help you fall asleep.
I have been using the Rain Rain Sleep Sounds on my phone since my daughter was born. It always helps us get to sleep.
Spa Day 3 – Nails
Your hands and their condition say a lot about you and how well you take care of yourself. As moms, we are fully aware of our lack of maintenance on our hands. We tend to not do little things like put a fresh coat of nail polish on our fingers.
Now that your hands are in a great revitalized state, it is time to work on those nails and start off with a positive day.
Spa treatment: Hand scrub and mani-pedi
Start off with your pedicure.
Soak your feet in the bathtub or a foot soaker if you have one (yeah bust it out). You can put a bubble bath, salt, or whatever you have lying around the house in your foot scrub bath.
If you have pedicure tools to soften your heels and the callused parts of your feet use them to groom your feet. After the soak trim your toenails and paint them.
After you are done with your feet, work on your manicure.
You can soak your hands for a bit in the sink and make to make the cuticles easy to remove. Then cut your nails. Once you are done with your nails, paint them.
Let your toes and your nails dry completely.
For a unique spa treatment, make a sugar scrub. All you have to do is mix sugar with some olive oil (or coconut oil or any other oil you prefer) to create the scrub.
Once the scrub is ready, scrub your hands and feet, and then rinse. If it makes it easier, you can do the foot scrub while you are soaking your feet.
Once you have rinsed off the scrub moisturize your hands and feet one more time. There you have it, the ultimate do it yourself mani-pedi at home.
Self-care activity: Wake up early with a positive attitude and listen to a motivational speaker
On day three for your self-care activity, after going to bed early the night before, you should be ready to wake up early on this day.
Wake up this day with a positive attitude, ready to face the world! To kick start your morning put on a motivational speaker or listen to something positive.
There are tons of videos on YouTube that put motivational speeches together in a nice package with uplifting music. All you have to do is search for “morning motivation,” and tons of options will come up.
Listen to one to get your day started off on a positive note.
Spa Day 4 – Face
Now we are getting into some real spa day territory, the face. Giving your face some love is what spa days are all about.
Your face can really tell your story without you saying a word. Brighten up your skin and release your natural glow.
Spa treatment: Facial
Start off by cleansing your face and neck area. Make sure all of your makeup is removed, and your face is a blank canvas.
Figure out what you want to use as your facial. If you have facial products available, use those. If you do not have a facial product, you can make one at home.
I enjoy masks with oats in them. You use an egg, honey, olive oil, and oatmeal. You can find the recipe and instructions here, as well as other mask ideas Best Homemade Facials
Relax while you let your mask sip into your face.
Rinse your face and pat dry it. Be very gentle with your face, especially around your eyes. Then apply a facial moisturizer and eye cream.
Self-care activity: Look in the mirror and say 7 things you love about yourself
By this day, your hair looks fantastic, your hands and feet are soft, and your face is glowing! Now is the time to look in the mirror to give yourself 7 reasons why you love yourself.
Your reasons do not have to focus solely on your looks or physical assets. List things about yourself overall. Are you good at managing money? Are you a sensational mom (I bet you are)? Are you the best at organizing?
Whatever it is that you love about yourself, say it out loud and in the mirror to yourself.
Spa Day 5 – Scrub
Most of us shower daily, but it feels so robotic, are we even doing it right? If you are ready to get yesterday off of you and start fresh, then it is time to concentrate on your full body.
Scrub every crevice and get every piece of dirt off your body.
Spa treatment: Body scrub
Much like the hand and foot scrub I recommended above, you can use the same ingredients to create a body scrub. Make it as easy as mixing sugar and olive oil, or you can make things a bit more interesting.
I enjoy using coconut oil as a base for my body scrubs. For the “scrub” part, I usually use white granulated sugar, brown sugar, or coffee.
Then to add scent, I add in essential oils such as mint, lavender, lemon, tea tree oil, orange, lemon, eucalyptus, etc.
My favorite recipe
- Granulated sugar
- Coconut oil
- Essential oils mint and eucalyptus
- Mix to the consistency you like
Create a small batch, make enough for one or two showers at a time, so they are always fresh. Use them to scrub you body instead of using your regular body soap.
They are so simple to make that you will find whenever you want a treat in the shower, you can throw something together in no time.
Self-care activity: Disconnect from technology, news, and social media
As we get further into social distancing, we find ourselves getting overly involved in other things. For many, we have turned to the television, our phones, and social media. While it is important to stay connected with family and to keep informed of what is happening around the world – disconnecting is okay
In fact, disconnecting can take a massive weight off of your shoulders.
So take the day (or evening) off from screens in general.
Turn off the television, leave your phone in another room, and disconnect from it all.
Today, I was hanging out in my daughter’s homemade fort as I took a break from working – it was the best 5 minutes of my day. All I had to do was watch her have fun and hear those giggles come out at 100 mph. Do the same, and enjoy life unplugged.
Spa Day 6 – Soak
Your body handles an overwhelming amount of daily tasks. Despite not getting enough rest, you still push your body to its limits.
Not to mention if you are a mom, your body went through a huge ordeal of creating life. It is something that happens to you that takes years to recover from, if ever. Now, it is time to give your body some well-deserved serenity.
Spa treatment: Bubble bath
So tonight before you go to bed, take a nice long soak.
Work hard to make your bath exactly how you want it.
Get it the perfect temperature, throw in your favorite bubble bath (even if it’s your kids’ bubble bath), and add in some bath salts.
Maybe you have a bath bomb stored in your bathroom somewhere that you never used because you never had the time? Use it now! You can also add some essential oils to your mix to get it just right.
Grab an old little pillow or fold up your towels to give your neck support while you let your body soak.
Remember all the mood-setting tips I mentioned above? This is the perfect time to put all of those tips into action. Get the ambiance just how you like it. Dim the lights, light some candles, and just relax.
Did you know that a bathroom is a place of transformation? I don’t know what that means, but I can’t wait to see what it does to each one of us (Frozen II humor for those of us who have seen it multiple times).
Self-care activity: Write a list of 7 positive things in your life
Once you are done with your bath, grab that empty journal that you keep in your nightstand (or am I the only one?) and get all those positive feelings you have out of your head and onto paper.
I do not know about you, but when I feel terrific, I like to write those moments down and read them when I am not feeling so good. If this bath does the trick and makes you appreciate life, then I urge you to get your feelings out.
If you are unsure what to write, I suggest you jot down seven positive things in your life. We have so many things to be thankful for in our lives that we take them for granted. Or we are blinded by how fortunate we are because we dwell on what isn’t perfect.
Here and now is the time to count your blessings.
Spa Day 7 – Moisturize
It is your final day, you did the heavy lifting, so let’s make this one easy.
End on a high note and be appreciative of all the things you did for yourself this week. Take notes on what your favorite spa day moments were and do those things more often.
Spa treatment: Lotion and lip scrub
Now that you have taken time to concentrate on different parts of your body, make sure to moisturize everything one more time.
The added bonus for today is to get someone to massage that moisturizer in for you. Get full body massage if you can. Another option is to get a neck rub or a foot rub. My best advice is to take whatever massage action you can get!
Also, focus on your lips today, give them a gentle scrub, or put a hydrating lip balm on them. Remember, one of the best ways to keep your lips moisturized is to keep your whole body hydrated, drink plenty of water.
Self-care activity: Stretch out your body and use breathing techniques to meditate
For your final self-care activity for the week, give your body a good long stretch. Rotate your neck to get the tension out, stretch your arms and legs, take the pressure off of your back, lengthen your feet, and open up those toes.
When you are stretching, make sure to take deep breathes in and out. Use the breathing to support your body as you stretch it.
Breath in forceful breaths, it will give you the strength to take on the day – if you do this in the morning. If you are doing this before bed, use your breath to relax you and ease you into a deep sleep.
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I really hope you enjoy your seven stuck at-home spa days. With any luck, doing these little things will put you on the path to doing even more for yourself.
You are important, and you deserve it.
Perhaps by now, you can see how vital self-care is for your wellbeing. There are plenty of little things you can do for yourself each day that will eventually add up into a positive self-care movement in your life.
Keep doing little things, keep being appreciative of your body, and stay focused on the amazing things you have in your life.
Everything is connected. Your optimistic mind is connected to the good things you put in your body. Then out of your body comes the positive energy you send out to the world. Which then sends more encouraging things your way. It all starts with your mind.
You are definitely worth the time and effort, so is your family. The better you are to yourself, the more opportunities you have to be better to your family.