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Finally, I wanted to offer some validation on the whole concept of taking a spa day. Treating yourself to a spa day, one within your means, allows you to disengage from that which causes you stress. Any excuse to leave your smartphone in a locker and spend some time inside your own brain may bring benefit. It also allows your body some time to be purposefully and meaningfully sedentary.

Self-care is a trendy concept currently but only because we now have a name for what people have always done – put ourselves first. But much of the time, for women in particular, putting yourself first – even momentarily – is met with accusations of being selfish. Truthfully, taking care of herself makes her a better mother, a better wife, a better employee, a better woman. And a society of better women is a better society.

Live Music – Whenever/Wherever Possible

While I love listening to music I already know and love, sometimes it’s too easy to stay tuned in and aware while it’s playing. For that reason, I suggest using music that’s either foreign to you or live and unpredictable to lean in on the spa experience. My husband recently learned to play piano, and now I like to take my baths while he practices. It makes me feel close to him despite having my alone time and space, it’s relaxing whether he’s playing Claire de Lune or practicing his scales. And it is unpredictable.

The piano is in the front room, about thirteen steps and a closed door away from my bath, so it’s also nice to be remote from the music.

Tidiness, Godliness

Cleanliness is one of my greatest tenants of relaxation. The noticeably cleaner a place, the more comfortable I am in it – especially when that tidiness is a departure from other environments. For this reason, my apartment is always very clean – as a departure from the grime of the city. And my bathroom is even cleaner.

There are lots of little tools to help you scrub down your bathroom. I suggest having a professional cleaner come one every 6 months, and using Clorox Wipes in between to spot clean. If you never let it get too dirty, then there’s never too much to clean up!

Sensory Overhaul

If you want to turn your entire bathroom into a spa, but don’t have the means or ownership to do a ground-up renovation, we’ve got you covered there too!

The first step to turning your regular bathroom into a relaxing oasis, is to remove clutter. It’s hard to relax when you’re looking at make-up, hair products, bobby pins, hair ties, and toilet paper strewn about. Find ways to hide your things – under sink organizers, drawer spacers, a hanging over-the-door caddy, and cute baskets are simple, inexpensive ways to keep your space decluttered. It’ll also cut down on your getting-ready time as everything will be in its right space. No need to dig through a cluttered drawer to find chapstick or hairspray.

Make sure that the smellscape in your spa matches your mood. Whether this be with candles or oil diffusers, make sure that you’re incorporating aromatherapy into your batherapy! I suggest an oil diffuser with tea tree and lavender. The tea tree is cleansing and invigorating while the lavender is calming and relaxing. And using an oil diffuser rather than a candle has an automatic on-off function and doesn’t introduce the risk of an open flame.

Now, if you’re able to paint, I suggest going with whatever color palette soothes you – I went with lavender and olive green – and that acts in contrast to the rest of your home. Walking into your spa should be a departure from the stress of the rest of your home and life. There should be a notable change in the “vibe” upon entering the room – smell and color are great ways to do this.

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Small Space

Sometimes the simplest approach doesn’t involve any structural changes at all. I mention this in our first blog because if what you need is something you can handle on your own, you don’t need our help! This is a great option for renters who can’t make any significant changes to their homes.

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Conair makes a small, easy to use, inexpensive, luxurious jetspa! For just about $50, you can transform your existing bathtub into a relaxing, soothing spa experience. Hang this device over the side of the tub and it’ll create jacuzzi bubbles to wash over you. Customize and adjust the nozzles to hit all the right spots. It has an easy on-off switch and plugs into any regular household outlet. Suction cups hold it in place and it’s small enough to store in a closet or drawer when not in use.

This combined with a bath bomb, some dim lighting, an oil diffuser, and some Sade or Mozart will bring the spa right to you without tools, structural changes, or any life interruptions.

Sometimes, it’s truly better to just think small!