Why a Spa Could Help Improve Your Mental Health

I’m not ashamed to admit that sometimes I suffer with ‘the blues’; I think we all feel stressed or sad sometimes, whether we occasionally feel down or suffer with a diagnosed mental health issue such as depression.

I’ve written about what I like to do when I feel down before, but since then I’ve discovered something that does not fail to help improve my mental health: going to a spa.

Whether I’m having a full spa day, treating myself to a massage or creating my own ‘spa bath’ at home, giving myself the time to have a pamper definitely helps me to feel better about myself.

It’s about looking after yourself

Visiting a spa is about looking after yourself; if you’re feeling very down it can be difficult to even get out of bed let alone treat yourself, but putting yourself in the hands of a spa therapist means you don’t have to. My ideal spa experience would be to go away to a hotel such as K West Hotel & Spa (it’s on my wish list!), which incorporates its stunning spa into a hotel. A change in scenery can do wonders for your mental health, so if you can, going away to a spa retreat would be ideal. What could be better than waking up in a luxurious room, safe in the knowledge that there is a relaxing sanctuary awaiting you?

Even if it’s just for an hour

We don’t always have the time and money to go to a spa hotel when we feel low; but most spas offer singular treatments such as massages, facials, manicures and pedicures and beauty treatments. Sometimes, something as simple as getting my nails done can rapidly improve how I see myself and the world around me. (Gelish you little life-saver you). If you don’t feel up to spending hours researching nearby salons, use a website such as Treatwell which is like the ‘Just Eat’ for beauty treatments. It also includes mobile therapists if you don’t feel like leaving the house (which is totally understandable).

If in doubt, have a ‘home spa’

One of my favourite things to do – particularly when I don’t have much of a spa budget – is to have a spa at home, or a ‘spa bath’ as I like to call it. All you need is a bath, and some beauty products. Personally, I like to infuse a mixture of bubble bath, bath fizzes, bath salts (currently using Zoella’s) and lavender essential oil drops. You can play with scents and textures to create your ideal bath or change it up each time. To create a spa-like atmosphere, turn the lights off, light some candles and find some ‘spa music’ on YouTube to play on your phone. Lock the door and treat yourself with a full body scrub, a face mask and a hair mask. Trust me, taking the time out to pamper yourself really can help.

Of course a spa experience can never cure mental health issues, but in my (long) experience it can be an excellent way to give yourself some ‘self-love’, some time out from the world and to de-stress – particularly if you’re having trouble sleeping.

I’d love to hear any of your ideas for improving mental health!