Anyone else trying to stay sane while social distancing, self-quarantining, and wearing masks (now recommended inside your own home if a family member is working outside)?

With the pandemic showing no sign of stopping, most of us are in need of mental, physical, and emotional relaxation. But you can’t just tell yourself, “Relax, mate, it’s all going to be OK,” and expect your blood pressure to return to normal.

We all need a little help, and that’s why I highly recommend taking a do-it-yourself spa day to pamper yourself with massage, aroma therapy, and relaxing herbal teas—all happening inside your own home, since that’s where it’s at these days.

And once you get the hang of it, you can incorporate these easy tips into your daily routine wherever you go. Why not make relaxation a daily habit? With the challenges the entire world is facing today, relaxation is a tool we all can use to bring our minds and hearts closer to our normal, joyful selves.

Here are four simple ways to kick off your at-home spa day:

1.    Morning Self-Massage. Craving a relaxing massage but can’t risk it during the pandemic? It’s time to give yourself an Ayurvedic self-massage.

Ayurvedic self-massage involves rubbing warm, fragrant, herbal oils into your skin in a specific pattern—long strokes over the long bones and circular strokes over your joints, abdomen, and head. Start with your scalp and don’t forget your feet. Designed to release toxins, calm your nerves, and tone your muscles, this is a surprisingly effective way to start your day. Not to mention how your skin will glow.

Not sure which massage oils are best for you? Use this guide:

Moisturizing Massage Oil calms mind and body with a blend of organic sesame oil, fragrant lemongrass, calming ashwagandha, and other stress-reducing herbal extracts.

Soothing Massage Oil cools the body and emotions with an herbal blend of organic sesame oil, heartwood oil, sandalwood, waterlily, and six other cooling and nourishing herbal extracts.

Stimulating Massage Oil invigorates mind and body with a stimulating blend of organic sesame oil, java citronella, jatamansi, and four other herbal extracts.

2.    Bathing and Nasya. After your massage, take a warm bath to allow the toxins to flow out of your tissues and into your elimination system, where they can easily leave your body. While bathing is recommended, you can shower instead if time doesn’t allow. (Tip to avoid clogged drains: Allow the oil to soak into your skin at least ten minutes before bathing. You can also wipe off excess oil with an absorbent paper towel. Also, you don’t need excessive amounts of oil for an effective massage.)

After your bath, take a moment for nasya, a simple but powerful Ayurvedic technique that involves sniffing pure herbal oil to cleanse and protect your sinuses. Because the nasal passages provide a path to the brain, nasya helps calm the mind, too. Organic Clear & Soothe nasal spray makes it easy—you just squeeze the bottle and inhale. Its mild mixture of organic sesame oil and heart-leaf sida protects against allergens and balances Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

3.    Yoga and meditation. Now that you’re awake and squeaky clean, it’s the perfect time for your morning yoga and meditation. I personally have had amazing results with the Yoga Nidra technique, a simple, effortless way to set up your day with energy and clarity of thought. Because it’s so effective in releasing stress and creating profound balance in mind and body, Yoga Nidra is considered a natural and practical way to Reduce Stress. Improve Sleep, and Restore Your Spirit.

Yoga asanas (postures) have also been found to create mind-balance and are the perfect way to relax your mind and body before you begin your meditation practice.

4.    Herbal Tea Ritual. Herbal teas, found in the ancient civilizations of China, Egypt, and India, have been cherished for their health benefits for thousands of years. The magical combination of herbs, warmth, and flavor soothes and relaxes. Of course, some people want their herbal tea to wake them up, while others want to calm down; so choose the tea to balance your particular needs for that time of day.

Organic Calming Vata® Tea

Create a zone of inner calm

That ‘too-much-to-do, too-little-time’ feeling can cause you to be on edge, restless, anxious. A few sips of Organic Vata Tea will help your whirling mind settle down and your body relax. Whether at work, at home, or on the road, sweet soothing Organic Vata Tea can help you stay calm and alert. Certified Organic.

Worry Free® Tea

Help calm your mind and emotions

Do you have a fast-paced schedule? Maybe you do a lot of focused mental work? In a demanding situation, this delicious, minty tea will give you an extra boost.

Worry-Free Tea helps balance and calm your mind, emotions, brain, and nerves.

Slumber Time® Tea

Sweet dreams

Get a good night’s sleep and wake up feeling refreshed and renewed. The soothing herbs and spices in Slumber Time Tea help relax the mind-body connection for a better quality of sleep, so you can get the rest you deserve. Includes cardamom, licorice, and spearmint.