The few hours that I took for self-care really did make a difference. Focusing on my body allowed me to take a mental break, and I noticed that I slept much better that night.Even though the feeling of relaxation might not last very long, and I don't have anywhere to go to show off my new nails, it reminded me that taking some time to do a little something nice for yourself can really make you feel better.Read more:15 simple ways to relax, according to scientistsUse this relaxation hack to fall asleep within 2 minutes, no matter where you areCan stress make you sick? Yes, mental health affects physical healthIf I hadn't done this spa day, I would have thought that painting my nails was a waste of time. I've been washing and cleaning so much that I would have expected the polish to wear off or chip easily. I'm not a huge fan of professional pedicures, but it was nice to try one at home. My toenails were already painted, but giving my feet a good massage and scrub to get off some dead skin felt great. To help give myself a real spa-like facial, I did a second face mask. This sheet mask is made with snail essence, a popular ingredient in Korean beauty products.In an interview with New York Magazine, dermatologist Joshua Zeichner said, Clinical studies have shown that skin-care products containing snail mucin gave statistical improvements in facial lines and wrinkles.To give myself a facial, I started with an exfoliating skin mask. My skin had started breaking out a bit from wearing a face mask over my nose and mouth when I left my apartment, so it was high time for a treatment.According to Healthline, Epsom salts dissolve in water. Enthusiasts believe this allows magnesium and sulfates to be readily absorbed into skin. Whether this is sufficient for various treatments or not, Epsom salt is considered safe. It's also easy to use, easy to find, and inexpensive.The gentle smell of the candles added to the relaxing experience. A playlist on Spotify called Spa Music Relaxation had all the calming sounds you hear when getting a professional treatment. Another thing I've experienced at a real spa is spa water — water infused with flavors from citrus or cucumber. I had some limes in the fridge already so it was easy to put together and made for a refreshing drink.Diffusers have become increasingly popular in recent years, and they're fairly easy to find at big department stores. All you do is fill them with water and a few drops of essential oil. I chose lavender, but eucalyptus, rose, and jasmine are all other popular varieties. The first thing I remember about any past spa experiences is that they immediately give you a comfortable robe to help you relax. Just getting out of my workday clothes and putting on something different changed my mood right away.