It’s been a long day at work and you’ve been doing reports since this morning. Maybe your bosses have been reminding you of your deadlines all day and you’re overwhelmed.
So when you peek at the clock and see that it’s almost 5:00 PM, you eagerly begin your countdown for the day to end. Then you think of the possible ways you can treat yourself after work. A massage? A mani-pedi? Maybe have dinner out? But, you realize that you’re too exhausted to stay out tonight.
If this scenario sounds all too familiar to you, then you’ve come to the right place. With these 8 simple ways to pamper yourself, you won’t need to leave the comforts of your own home.
GET A MINI SPA TREATMENT
This is as easy as dimming the lights, lighting a few aromatic candles and maybe taking a hot shower or bath. The next time you go to a mall, you might want to invest on an aroma jar or a room spray. You can get scents such as peppermint or lavender for aromatherapy to induce the feeling of relaxation.
If you’re feeling a bit extra, you can even buy those home massagers to ease the tension of your muscles or if you want that private masseuse experience, call a spa and request for home service.
DO SOME YOGA FOR RELAXATION
An exhausting day at work can rob you of your inner peace, so why not do some yoga at home? Practicing yoga can help stretch out your tense muscles while helping you control your breathing. No yoga instructor? No problem. You can always check out YouTube for easy-to-follow yoga videos. All you need is your mat and yourself.
Since yoga promotes relaxation under stress, you’ll find that practicing yoga regularly can also help you outside the four corners of your yoga mat. Knowing how to control your breathing can also aid in keeping your anxiety in check.
DO YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE
If you don’t have a skincare routine yet, today is the best time to start one. You’ll find that having one will reap both short term and long term benefits for you. Having a daily regimen like the 10-step skincare routine will help you relax by the end of the day as you follow along each step.
Others find that following a skincare routine helps them relax. You can even play some soothing music in the background while you do this to help you wind down. If you’re consistent with your routine, you’ll find your skin glowing and fresh even without makeup! Perfect for that #Iwokeuplikethis look.
BINGE YOUR FAVORITE SERIES WHILE ORDERING IN
The perfect way to end a day is to order in some take out and just relax on the couch while watching your favorite series. You don’t have to think about a lot of things. Just sit back and load up your Netflix.
After all the thinking you’ve done today, your brain deserves some much needed rest and sometimes something as simple as mindlessly watching your favorite TV show can put you in a very relaxing mood. Order in your favorite comfort food and you’re all set for the evening.
BOOZE IT OUT
Need a drink? Time to bring out the champagne, wine, or beer. You can even make a toast to yourself for getting through the day. A serving or two wouldn’t hurt and will definitely ease up any tension or anxiety.
It’s up to you if you want to finish just one or two glasses or the whole bottle. Just make sure that you hydrate so the hangover won’t be so bad the next day. But it’s recommended that you drink in moderation so you’ll feel the calming effects of alcohol without regretting it the next morning.
DIY YOUR OWN FOOT SOAK AND FOOT SCRUB
Time to bring out that trusty basin for part 2 of your mini spa date at home. Walking around all day can make your soles sore. So to pamper your soles and your soul, prepare some warm water and an essential oil you can use for your feet.
It’s best to use something like peppermint and tea tree for this. Aside from the soothing scents, these improve circulation and can re-energize tired feet. Adding Epsom salt in the water also soothes your muscles.
After your foot soak, bust out that scrub to make your feet as soft as a baby’s bottom. Scrubbing your feet can also improve circulation and remove tough calluses that can be painful and unsightly.
DO YOUR NAILS
Nothing like a good shade of polish to brighten up drab looking nails. Give yourself a mani-pedi while listening to some music. If you know a salon that offers home service, you can call them up to have someone else do your nails for that salon treatment right at home.
Make sure to stock up on some cute colors so you can ask your nail technician to do some nail art on you. You can even look up some DIY nail art videos on YouTube or Instagram if you’re feeling extra fancy.
GET SOME WELL-DESERVED R&R
Sometimes the way to ease your mind and body is just to relax and sleep early. Invest in some good feather down pillows and high thread-count sheets and you will be thanking yourself every time you go to bed.
Dim the lights, maybe read a book and just lie back. You can even put an eye mask on to block out any light for that undisturbed sleep.
If it’s difficult to choose which one you want to do on the list, maybe you should try doing everything!