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Stress is a huge part of my day. Between running my own little blog/business, finishing my education, and managing a long distance marriage, my days can become pretty overwhelming sometimes. It’s stressful to try balancing so many things at one time, so I do my best to find a way to relax at the end of the day. Spa nights are a huge lifesaver and are essential to my sanity.
About once a week, on a night when I’m not so busy, I take a break from work and take some time to really pamper myself. This might include an extra long shower or bubble bath, giving myself a mani/pedi, trying a new face mask, or even treating myself to DOVE® Chocolate Fruit & Nut. Every busy woman needs a little time to herself every once in a while. Unplug, turn on some music, clear your mind and just relax. Here are five reasons why a good spa day is important to every busy woman’s sanity!
It allows you to disconnect
I’m connected to my iPhone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. All day, every day. Since I both work and go to school online, sometimes there’s just no way to get around it. My phone is constantly being blown up with emails, text messages, phone calls, and other miscellaneous messages from all my social media platforms. It can be overwhelming. But it’s so important to take some time to disconnect every once in a while. A spa day is a perfect way to do this. Turn the phone off or put it on silent and really use that time to disconnect and focus on yourself and your wellbeing.
It can detoxify your body
If you’re anything like me, you probably don’t spend as much time as you should on taking care of your skin. I completely get it. I use a great body wash in the shower and sometimes I’ll put on lotion. I don’t always remember to take my makeup off before bed or anything either. These things can actually be bad for your skin. A lot of spa treatments deep clean and moisturize your skin. Scrubs and facials rid your skin of impurities so that your skin is left feeling soft, smooth, and healthy. So sometimes it’s good to focus on your skin a bit more and purify your body through a detox. This can even help boost your immune system!
It relieves stress
Everyone deals with stress in one form or another and it’s just not good for your health. Stress can lead to many other health problems such as headaches, anxiety, muscle soreness, and so much more. It’s important to find ways to manage your stress and relax every once in a while so that your body and mind can be happy and healthy.
It gives you a sense of renewal
I don’t know about you, but I always feel so refreshed and renewed after a night spa day. Even after just painting my nails or taking any amount of time away from my MacBook and iPhone. It’s a great way to hit to reset button and spend some time reflecting on your life. You can focus on your personal development as well as your mental and physical health. You’ll feel so much more energized ready to conquer anything life throws at you.
All the health reasons aside, spa days are just plain fun! I love spending a night making myself feel extra clean and pretty. And like I said above, I always come back feeling a million times better and ready to take on the world!
HOW TO GIFT A FRIEND A SPA DAY
I’m sure you all have someone in your life who could benefit from a great spa night, so why not pass it along? A few Christmases ago, I created a gift in a jar for my sisters and they were a huge hit! It was super simple and quick to do even with my hectic work schedule. Here’s how to create this easy gift idea!
GATHER YOUR MATERIALS
This gift idea is so simple that the majority of it is just finding the products to go in it! So first and foremost, you need a jar. This can be any size or color that you want it to be. You can buy a mason jar like the one pictured at any craft store or even at your closest Walmart or Target location.
Next you need to find all the spa products you want! You want smaller, travel size products so that they all fit neatly inside the jar. I tried to stick with a bit of a color scheme as well. I chose a lot of green and blue products to make it feel more spa-like. My jar includes:
- Face Masks
- Bath Salts
- Body Butter
- A Loofa
- Nail Polish
- Nail Filers
Lastly, you need some tasty treats to snack! DOVE® Chocolate Fruit & Nut is always a great option when you’re looking for a “better for you” indulgence. I’m a huge snacker and love to treat myself to chocolate every once in a while so one of my top new year’s resolutions for 2016 is to make better choices when it comes to snacking. With DOVE® Chocolate Fruit & Nut, I can snack on my chocolate without having to worry too much. I’m still right on track with my goals!
Not only is it better for you, but it also comes in so many amazing flavors which makes it the perfect spa night treat. The ones I chose are DOVE® Dark Chocolate Raspberry & Honey Roasted Almond, DOVE® Dark Chocolate Blueberries, and DOVE® Roasted Almonds covered in Dark Chocolate. Other great flavors include:
- DOVE® Dark Chocolate Strawberry & Cocoa Almond
- DOVE® Dark Chocolate Blueberry & Vanilla Cashew
- DOVE® Dark Chocolate Cranberries
- DOVE® Dark Chocolate Cherries
- DOVE® Roasted Almonds covered in Milk Chocolate
There’s a great option for just about anyone in your life! You can find these in your local Walmart, in the special DOVE® Chocolate Fruit & Nut in-store display.
ARRANGE YOUR PRODUCTS
Now that you’ve gathered all of your materials, you now have to find a nice way to arrange them inside the jar. Think of it like a gift basket. Since the jar is clear, everything should fit neatly so that it looks nice for the person receiving it. They should be able to look at it and see what’s inside before even opening it up.
DECORATE THE JAR
If needed, this can be done before putting the products inside. You can be as creative as you want, or if you’re not big on DIY projects, you can leave it as is! You could add some bows or ribbon or attach a little card. Get as creative as you want! This is a great time to really personalize it.
TIME TO DELIVER IT!
Lastly, it’s time to deliver your gift to the deserving woman in your life! A gift idea like this can be done for any holiday or special occasion and can be personalized to fit whoever it is that you’re giving it to.
What do you do to de-stress and relax? Do you add DOVE® Chocolate Fruit and Nut to your spa days?