By: Alison Leipzig
How relaxed do you feel after you walk out of a massage? How does your skin feel when you leave the steam room? Are you glowing after that amazing facial?
Wouldn’t it be nice if you created your everyday life to be your own spa?
Recently I was at fellow Bella Life contributor Sarah Jenk’s adorable apartment in the East Village having a brainstorm session for our businesses. She was running out for a few hours but offered her apartment to me as a space to work in while she was gone. I took her up on the offer since it is so darn cute, filled with light and excellent vibes for creativity. Sarah began setting up a desk for me. She threw on a vintage floral tablecloth. She brought 3 candles in mason jars over and lit them. She carried over a vase filled with vibrant flowers. She filled a glass with water and squeezed a luscious lemon inside the glass. And to top all of that off, she placed a bottle of luxurious cucumber-melon scented hand lotion on the table. I sat there in amazement and said, “Wow, I feel like I am at a spa!!!” Sarah replied, “Yeah, well that’s the point, Ali! Every day can be spa day. Bring the spa to you.”
I was blown away by this comment. My mind opened and I realized that I was the one choosing to not show myself love. I was choosing to not decorate my room with beautiful, feminine pieces. I was choosing to place only office supplies on my desk. I was choosing to save the candles and the lotion for rituals and rare occasions. Why can’t we choose luxury, relaxation and serenity everyday? The answer is, we can!
How can you create your own personal spa?
1. Bring beauty to your indoor spaces. This will create a spa-like atmosphere. And you are allowed to bring out all the stops EVERY DAY. Do this all the time! Light candles or incense. Play relaxing music or just music that brightens your day. Invest in some beautiful pieces of art or decorative accessories. Buy some fresh flowers and place them in a gorgeous vase. Even if you aren’t at a place where you can afford to have the space of your dreams, adding small elements will feel like you are
2. Bring the spa into your everyday activities. We all shower. Well, hopefully 😉 No but really, you can make your everyday activities, such as your shower, extra special! You could do this by using natural products that nourish your skin but that also smell good. I love Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap because the smell of peppermint just does it for me. I also love to stand under the water, close my eyes, and pretend like I am standing under a waterfall in a tropical rainforest. I let go of all of my thoughts and let the water pour over my body. It feels so good!
3. Beautify your meals. Cooking is nourishing to the soul but sometimes when we are hungry or we are in a rush, we tend to slack on presentation. Decide to prepare your plate as if it was a piece of art. Take care in it’s presentation and you will feel like you are being served at a five-star restaurant. It definitely makes a difference- you’re food will taste better, you will enjoy it more, and you will feel super pampered.
Let the spa days begin!