If you're like most people, you have a lot on your plate to worry about throughout the day which can lead to the buildup of stress that's essential to get rid of. Relaxing on the couch in front of the television is one option, but why not get away from all that stimulation and spend a relaxing evening in your outdoor spa? Here are a few things you can do to create the ultimate stress-free spa getaway:
Create Drama with Color
Color has the power to affect your feelings and emotions, so it makes sense to implement colorful décor into your outdoor spa retreat setting. Keep in mind however that not all colors are created equal when it comes to their effect on a space. For example, red creates excitement and gets the blood pumping which is counterproductive when you want to relax. Here are a few good choices to consider:
- Green is easy on the eye and encourages a restful frame of mind, and it can also help to relieve anxiety.
- Pink is perceived as a tranquil color and promotes a sense of peace.
- Blue calms the nerves and is even said to lower blood pressure levels, which helps you fully relax both your body and mind.
Try mixing and matching these colors to add some depth to your space and to tap into each of their unique offerings. You can add colorful decor to your outdoor setting with the help of things such as potted flowers and hanging wind chimes.
Have Some Calming Backgrounds
Take a mini-vacation anywhere you want in the world right in the comfort of your on yard by having large backgrounds made on pieces of large poster boards and then have them laminated. You can then hang them up behind your outdoor spa on trees or from a roof to create a new scene anytime you wish. There are lots of great background options to choose from including:
- the beach
- the Amazon forest
- the Eiffel Tower
- a favorite local lake
Collect three or four different scenes and you'll reduce the chance of getting bored with your "destination" options. You should be able to have backgrounds printed on both sides of your poster board to save money and storage space.
Make Use of Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is very effective at reducing stress and helping the body relax. Essential oils are a great option, and they have the added benefit of increasing blood circulation. It's important not to rub oils on body parts that will sit inside the spa so the oils don't get mixed into the water. You can use the oils along your temples and jawline for fantastic results. Scented candles are also an effective choice, and they provide a calming source of light that can be used to read in place of bright porch lights. Look for scents such as rose, peppermint, sage, lavender, and lemon balm.
Establish a Few Rules
If you live with other people, it's important to establish a few ground rules to use while you are spending some quality time at your outdoor spa retreat space. Between constant disruptions, phone calls from friends, and being faced with household challenges it can be tough to unwind, relax, and let go of built up stress. So put together a few simple rules and ask your household to follow them until you let them know that you're ready to reintegrate into the household.
Simple requests such as taking phone call messages and holding off on asking questions or engaging in conversations should do the trick. Consider writing your rules down and hanging them up on the wall near the doorway that leads out to your spa when you're spending time there so everyone knows when they're in effect.
These ideas are affordable, easy to implement, and don't need a lot of maintenance in order to keep enjoying them as the years go on. To take out further stress from the planning, just visit local spa locations like Anchor Pools & Spas and let the staff members take care of you.