In our hectic, fast-paced lifestyle it can be hard to find the time to wind down at home, and most of us find it difficult to make it to the spa for regular treatments. Well, why don’t you do something about it? It has never been easier to bring the spa into the home, so with a little work you can transform your home into your own personal spa retreat to de-stress 24/7.
Brits work the longest hours in Europe, and many of us are under pressure and stress on a daily basis. 13.3 million working days are lost each year in the UK due to problems caused by stress, anxiety and depression. Turning your home into a relaxing refuge can help combat the stress that has the potential to make us ill according to some experts.
We all love the feeling of getting pampered at a health resort, and everyone deserves a bit of ‘me-time’ every single day. Having time to relax and unwind is one of life’s little luxuries that we take for granted, but transforming your home into a special retreat will remind you to take that crucial alone time in a quiet corner, in the bath or on the couch.
Tips to Create that Spa Retreat:
Being at one with nature can lower stress levels, and research suggests even touching a house plant can prompt a relaxation response in the brain. Try adding greenery around the home, especially in the rooms you spend the most time in. Botanic experts say one plant can purify 100 square feet of air, so it is definitely worth buying a spider plant or a charming bonsai tree to brighten up your home.
Find a peaceful soundtrack
While fast-paced tempos and raving beats can speed up the body and mind, softer beats and rhythms, specifically classical music can lower your heart rate and blood pressure – vital for relaxation. Find a peaceful soundtrack to aid as your mellow background music, and make sure to play it while you soak in the bath or read a book sprawled out on a beanbag or a window seat.
Splash out in the bathroom
Your bathroom can become your serene haven in the comfort of your own home, with a little design planning. A soothing atmosphere can be created easily and without breaking the bank, by scattering candles, fluffy white towels and pebbles around the bathroom. Also look out for a special neck pillow to make a bath truly indulgent, and buy oil diffusers or essential oils to put into the bath which will create scents to instantly transport you to the beautician’s chair.
If your budget can stretch a little further, it is well worth considering a walk-in shower enclosure or a wet room as part of your bathroom suite. These can transform a space into a chic and stylish modern bathroom, equipped with everything you’ll ever need to relieve the stresses of the day. The glass panels of a walk-in shower or a shower enclosure are also great for elongating the space, and bouncing light around the room to give the illusion of a large bathroom. Some showers are even available with steam effects to accurately recreate the sauna and spa experience. If you want more tips to help you create a home spa you may also like to read this blog about creating a spa environment!
Now it’s time to relax….