The winter holiday season is over, but that doesn’t mean the pampering has to stop. In fact, with the stress of the holidays in the past, it’s a great idea to plan a day of self-care.
Whether you save it for the weekend or take a much-needed mental health day from work, this personal day can do wonders for improving your mood and uplifting your spirit. If that sounds like just what you need, check out these essential tips for planning the perfect self-care day!
Schedule in Advance
For many people, a mental health day often comes when we find ourselves too overloaded with work. You can counteract that reactive response by being a bit proactive with your planning. Do your best to plan out one mental health day every other month (or more, if need be). Scheduling this day in advance gives you time to get things done at work, so you’re not stressing at home, and also ensures that you won’t have to carry out chores on your day off.
Tidy Up Your Relaxation Space
If you know you’ll be spending most of your time in your living room, make sure that the space is tidy. If you know you’re going to take a bath and give yourself a mini-spa day, make sure your bathroom is in order. You won’t want to have to worry about cleaning up your space (unless that truly soothes you) on your self-care day. Remember—this day is about caring for yourself, not taking care of your chores.
From candles to essential oils, the aromatherapy you utilize is one of the most important aspects of a self-care day. There are tons of ways to use essential oils that will allow you to reap the health benefits. Keep a diffuser running in the room with your favorite calming scents—you’ll feel rejuvenated.
Turn Off Your Phone
If work stresses you out, or you just feel like you have too many responsibilities to deal with when your phone is on—turn it off. Electronics can often be a detour from a successful self-care day, and shutting down is often just what your body needs. Say no to laptops, phones, and anything that will take you out of your comforting space.
Plan Simple Activities
This tip delves into the activities you plan for your day off. As much as you may want to book your itinerary with fun activities, that will probably add more stress to your plate than you want. Instead, plan simple activities only. For example, a day that includes a warm bubble bath, reading in a nook, and a few of your favorite movies and meals is a great day of relaxation. Make sure to include activities that you really want to do, not things you need to do. If it doesn’t bring you joy or relaxation, then it shouldn’t be on your list!