You’re only one month into the new year, and you can already feel the pressure and stress building up. You make the same resolution every year: “Take care of yourself. Relax more, implode less. Make self-care Sundays a regular habit.”

You also break it every single year.

Most of your time is spent balancing assignments or personal projects, figuring out how you’re going to pay your bills, on top of trying to find time for family and friends. The worst part is that while you’re busy doing all of this, you forget to carve out space for yourself to just breathe.

All of this leaves you wondering if this feeling of being overwhelmed will ever stop.

Trust us, it does get easier. You have to remind yourself that your mental health is your number one priority. The problem is that we know how important self-care is, but we don’t always know where to start. Self-care doesn’t have to be an expensive trip to the spa; it can start right at home, with whatever is in your bathroom or kitchen.

It’s okay to start small. Set reasonable, realistic goals with a relaxing bath and work your way up. Bath salts are great at treating stress, sore muscles, and can also function as a detox.

This simple DIY bath salts recipe is your first step to creating your own self-care routine that will help you prioritize your “me” time along with the other important tasks in your life.

What You’ll Need for this Self-Care Recipe

  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Whisk
  • Cute mason jar or container

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 cup of epsom salt (unscented or scented)
  • 1/4 cup of baking soda

Wet Ingredients

  • 15 – 20 drops of your favorite essential oil (drops may vary if you’re using scented epsom salt)
  • 2 – 3 drops of food coloring

Step One

Using the whisk, mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Make sure that you get rid of any clumps for the right consistency.

Step Two

Add 15 – 20 drops of the essential oil into the dry mix. If you are using scented epsom salt, start with 10 drops so it doesn’t overpower the original scent. Pick scents that compliment each other: Lavendar goes really well with rosemary. Citrus (sweet orange, lemon, grapefruit) and eucalyptus are an aromatherapy powerhouse.

Step Three

Add a few drops of food coloring and mix until you get your desired color. Once you’re done, pour your mxture into a cute mason jar or container.

Voila! Self-care magic in a bottle.

Cassandra is a beauty and lifestyle writer. She spends most of her time treating herself to dinner and movie dates, pretending her life is a Marvel comic and figuring out how to keep her makeup on her face. Not necessarily in that order. She blogs about affordable outfits from her favorite movies and TV shows at Onscreencloset.com.