Life can be difficult and stressful. But your home can be your haven from the stresses of your daily life. Creating a safe and intentionally peaceful environment to unwind can do wonders for your mental health. Imagine knowing, that each day as you head home from work, you can look forward to an evening of pampering and luxury. Is there any better way to unwind?
But where do you start? Luxury spa retreats spend massive amounts of money creating the perfect environment. That’s out of reach for most people’s household budgets.
This lifestyle can be yours. And it doesn’t need to cost a fortune in fees. You can have a daily spa experience from the comfort of your own home. And creating your custom retreat is a simple way to make your home sauna part of your daily self-care ritual. Here are 10 easy steps you can use to make your home feel like a spa retreat this fall.
1. Choose One Room to Dedicate to Your Relaxation
While making your entire home a peaceful retreat may be the goal, it’s much simpler to start with one room. Choosing a single room you will dedicate to calming and relaxing activities helps your brain create positive associations. Every time you enter, it will become easier to leave your worries at the door and focus on your self-care.
There are several factors to consider when picking which room to make into your personal sanctuary. It’s often advisable to choose a room with dimmable lights, insulated windows, and carpeted floors. If you have a home sauna, you may want to consider a room large enough to accommodate your full spa experience in one space!
2. Surround Yourself with Live Plants or Flowers
Something is relaxing and peaceful about surrounding yourself with live plants. Maybe it’s how they clean the air. Or perhaps it’s feeling so close to nature. Regardless, it’s always recommended to keep at least one potted plant or live flower arrangement in your personal retreat.
3. Embrace Natural Light
Your body releases serotonin when exposed to daylight. What better way to give your personal pampering routine a boost? Whenever possible, choose a room with excellent natural light and a view of nature. But, in the absence of that, consider lights with a dimmable switch and some blinds for privacy.
4. Use Aromatherapy to Create the Mood
Spas offer a relaxing experience for all of your senses. That includes your nose! Consider using fragrances or essential oils to help create a calming or rejuvenating atmosphere. Essential oil diffusers, incense, and candles can all be part of creating your personal spa retreat.
5. Create Your Playlist
What sounds do you associate with relaxation? Whether you want to listen to nature sounds, classical music, or a sound bath experience, you can curate your own experience. It’s a great way to sit back and let your cares melt away while you’re enjoying the sauna in your home.
6. Discover New Meditation, Yoga, or Mindfulness Exercises
Many professional spas offer guided meditation or yoga classes. But you don’t need to leave the comfort of your home for that! Find new practices online to add to your repertoire, then treat yourself to 20 minutes in your home sauna.
7. Curate Your At-Home Spa Treatment Options
What’s your favorite spa treatment? Many of your favorite face mists, foot scrubs, body lotions, and pampering routines are easily replicated at home. Imagine how relaxing it will be to step out of your home sauna to enjoy your personalized foot scrub and body lotions before sleep.
8. Capture the Flavor of Spa Refreshments
It’s always nice to relax with refreshments. But, if you’ve included a home sauna in your personal spa retreat, you must remain hydrated. Consider keeping a pitcher of water with cucumber and lemon nearby. Or, a discreet mini-fridge could keep chilled juices and waters on hand.
9. Pick Your Decor
Creating the right ambiance for your retreat requires a space that feels intimate. Try choosing comfortable furniture with neutral colors. Add a couple of candles but use natural lighting when possible.
10. Dress the Part
Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to relax in work clothes? Take off the cares of the day and settle in with a nice fluffy robe or plush towels. Or, if that feels over the top, consider some comfortable loungewear. Focus on the fabrics and styles that make you feel relaxed.
Your Home, Your Retreat
A personalized spa retreat doesn’t need to be overly complicated. It’s as simple as bringing all the things that make you feel good into one intentional space. Your home sauna, yoga mat, and comfortable furnishings are easy staples. Mood lighting, music, and scents will help create your peaceful ambiance. Add a few refreshments, and your new private sanctuary will become your favorite room in your home.