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Friday, November 28, 2008

Create Your Own Mini Spa

Spending an afternoon at a spa can be a blissful way to relax, unwind, and get away from the stresses of daily life. Unfortunately, we can't always afford the luxury of going to a spa — or a full afternoon away from our other obligations. Luckily, creating a mini-spa experience at home is easier than you may think. Today's small change is to set aside an hour in which to pamper yourself. You can do it today, or you can schedule it in for a more convenient time later in the week. (Just don't forget to do it — you deserve it!)

You don't need a fat wallet to have a relaxing spa experience — you can provide it for yourself for a few dollars. First, set out a few ingredients — candles, bath salts, relaxing music, and thick, soft towels — so you'll have everything you need. If other family members are around, let them know that you're taking a "spa break" and will be unavailable, or better yet, plan this pampering session for a time when you'll be home alone.

Light the candles, and play some relaxing music. Run a warm bath with your favorite bath salts or essential oils, and allow yourself to soak for at least 20 minutes. As you soak, close your eyes, listen to the music, and imagine all the tension flowing out of your body. Finally, after your soak, take a few moments to rub your favorite lotion on your skin, then dress in your most comfortable clothes. Take a minute to get in touch with how relaxed and at peace you feel — all for less than five dollars worth of bath supplies!


-Healthy Living with Ellie Krieger

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