Four ideas to help you create a wellness retreat at home
Whether you’re a working woman or a busy stay-at-home mum, everyone deserves a little ‘me time’ to unwind, away from the stresses of daily life.
But how do you find that time and space to relax? One option is to book yourself in for some much needed R+R at a wellness spa, but this can come with a high price tag and often be tricky to fit in around other commitments.
The other, more achievable, option is to transform your home into a wellness retreat that can be enjoyed any day of the week.
Of course, carving out your own oasis of peace and tranquility in a busy household can feel like a challenge. To help you know where to start, we’ve put together four tips to help you prioritise wellbeing at home.
The end result will be a calming sanctuary where you can leave your worries well and truly behind.
1) Make time for yourself
There’s no avoiding the fact that we all lead busy lives today. Whether it’s a long commute, running your own business or juggling multiple social commitments, trying to fit everything in can leave you feeling stressed and run down.
To remedy this feeling, it’s essential that you make time for yourself. Although this is often easier said than done, you need to be firm and committed to taking this time when you say you will.
Just like you’d book time off work to go on holiday to a spa retreat or a girls’ weekend with friends, get your calendar out, find a day (or even a whole weekend if possible) where you can focus solely on yourself and block off that time in your planner.
The key to success with this is to view this date in your diary as immovable – so, arrange for the house to be empty (even if just for a few hours) and don’t allow yourself to be swayed by any last minute commitments that come your way.
2) Plan your itinerary
We realise that planning an itinerary may not sound particularly relaxing, but in order to reap the rewards of your downtime, it pays to have an outline of activities and meals in advance.
This way, you can ensure you have everything you need ready from the get-go. You can even write it down and pin it on the fridge as a motivation to get through the week, knowing that you have something special to look forward to.
Within your wellness agenda, be sure to strike the right balance between activities. For instance, offset an invigorating aerobics session or yoga class in the morning with some meditation, reading or a restorative massage in the afternoon.
When it comes to mealtimes, it also helps to prepare these in advance – stocking the fridge with your favourite healthy snacks and doing as much food prep before your planned retreat time as possible. This means when you’re ready to eat you can quickly throw a meal together that’s tasty and good for your body, all with minimal fuss.
3) Disconnect from your tech
In the modern world, we’re all guilty of checking our phones too often, but if you’re serious about creating a wellness haven at home, this part is essential to give you a true focus on yourself.
Take the brave move to switch off your phone and put it away in a draw – not being able to see it will help you resist the urge to check your emails or texts. The same goes for other devices like laptops, TVs and tablets – switch them off and, where possible, keep them out of sight.
With fewer distractions taking up your brain space, you’ll have a clearer mind, leaving you able to concentrate on enjoying your wellness activities in peace.
4) Allow for downtime
An integral part of prioritising your wellbeing is also allowing yourself the time to do nothing. This can seem like an alien concept for many who instantly feel wracked with guilt when there isn’t something to do, but overcoming this initial feeling is well worth it.
Whether you choose to spend this time reading a book, writing a journal, taking a relaxing soak in the bath or quietly reflecting on your whole experience, the simple act of doing nothing and being mindful is a powerful antidote to a busy lifestyle.
This principle isn’t just isolated to your wellness retreat days either. With figures suggesting that one in four workers in the UK experience intense stress at work, applying some mindfulness and reflection time into your everyday life could help to combat feelings of stress, exhaustion and anxiety.
A home wellness retreat can help all areas of your life
The most important element of creating your own wellness retreat at home is to realise just how beneficial it could be to all aspects of your life.
Even a small reprieve from the daily grind can give your body, mind and soul the chance to recharge and re-energise – leaving you better equipped to cope with what life may throw at you.
We hope with these tips, you’ll be able to take the right steps towards making your wellbeing a priority to lead a happier and healthier life.
Alex Jones is a content writer for Jaquar, who specialize in complete luxury bathroom solutions – delivering everyday luxury to a global market.