Let’s face it: adulting is stressful. Between work, bills, juggling a million things, the news, your commute—it’s a lot. But constantly feeling overwhelmed is serious stuff. Stress is linked to problems with depression, anxiety, sleep, appetite, and even heart disease.
So to help you relax a little and to give you a few ideas on how to take some time for yourself, we rounded up some of our favorite self care destinations in Omaha. From massages to facials to cupcakes at Sweet Magnolias—there are a million ways to treat yourself in the Big O!
There’s nothing like lighting a candle when you’re stressed. Whether you’re using it to add some mood lighting to your luxurious bath or just want to waft some calming scents around your home—a candle is one of the easiest ways to add some self-care into your everyday routine. And while you could head to the nearest department store to grab one, it’s so much more fun to make your own! Head to It’s Yours Pottery where they offer candle making classes that give you the chance to pick your favorite wax color, scent and toppers and create your very own custom candle creation.
Photo courtesy of The Tea Smith
The Tea Smith is dedicated to providing an enhanced enjoyment of life through all-natural tea. They offer a large variety of fresh, loose leaf teas from all around the world, along with any tea accessories you need to create the perfect cup. New to the world of tea? The helpful staff at The Tea Smith can help you begin your journey by providing information and tea education. Stop by one of their cozy shops in the area and settle in for the afternoon—we promise you’ll have a tea-riffic time!
Is there anything more relaxing than a spa day? Visit Downtown Omaha Massage to get a massage and have all of your troubles melt away. We recommend bringing a friend so you can try their “Two Relaxing” treatment, where you can enjoy the sauna together, receive your choice of body wrap, and a massage of your choice—the possibilities are endless!
Book a Staycation at Hotel Deco
Photo courtesy of Josh Foo via Hotel Deco
Take your self-care day a step further by booking a stay at a local hotel! Not only does it give you the chance to relax, but you’ll also get to see your home city in a whole new light. The historic Hotel Deco is located in the heart of downtown Omaha, offering easy access to the Orpheum Theatre (just across the street), Old Market, and a large number of top-notch restaurants and shops. Of course, there really is no reason to leave! The mini bar is stocked with local craft beers and spirits, the onsite restaurant, Monarch Prime & Bar, serves some of Omaha’s finest cuisine, and the rooms are irresistibly plush.
When we think of luxury, we think of Champagne. So treat yourself to something fancy with the Champagne and Rose Pedicure at Minabella Beauty Resort in Elkhorn! This treatment helps remove dead skin cells, leaving your skin looking younger and smoother. Plus you can get a glass of Champagne while you soak—and we can’t think of anything more relaxing than that!
Take the phrase “treat yourself” literally during your self care day by indulging in a few treats from Chocolat Abeill! At this local confectionary, you can purchase mouth-watering artisan chocolates along with local honey. You can even visit their tea and tasting room where you can enjoy Harney & Sons “Paris” tea along with some finger sandwiches, scones, mini desserts and of course, chocolate! Check out their calendar to make a reservation for an afternoon chocolate tasting experience.
Photo courtesy of Katina Foster via Sweet Magnolias Bake Shop
Nestled in Omaha’s historic Joslyn Castle neighborhood, Sweet Magnolias Bake Shop hits the spot with its melt-in-your-mouth confections. The husband-and-wife-owned shop strikes a perfect balance between classic and innovative, sweet and flavorful, buttery and light. Everything is made fresh with the best ingredients available, and designed to delight! Try the house-made pop tarts, a warm and buttery cinnamon roll, or the signature brown sugar cardamom cake for a sensational treat.
Venture to a Local Winery
Nothing hits the spot quite like a glass of wine after a long day—especially when the wine was harvested and vinted locally! Whether you are a fan of chardonnays, cabernets or anything in between, you’re sure to find something you love at one of these incredible wineries near Omaha.
Try a Fancy Facial at Faces Spa
Photo courtesy of Faces Spa
Faces Spa does it all: massages, manicures, waxing and more. But it’s the luxurious facials that have Google reviewers raving. They offer a wide range of facial treatments—from pore cleansing to peels—at a variety of prices so you can find one that’s perfect for your skin and your budget. We recommend the Pumpkin Enzyme Facial Treatment just for the incredible smell alone. But if you’re a beginner in the facial world, you can’t go wrong with the basic Deep Pore Cleansing facial that will leave you feeling clean and refreshed.
Indoor cycling is one of the hottest trends in fitness right now, and it’s not difficult to see why. Not only is it tremendously effective (some classes burn up to 1,200 calories in an hour), but it’s also fun. Elevate is Omaha’s most popular cycling gym, boasting highly qualified instructors, an upbeat and motivating atmosphere, and a tight-knit community. Try it out for yourself during your self-care day and see what the cycling craze is all about—your first class is just $7!
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What do you do in Omaha for a little #SelfCare? Let us know in the comments!