In today’s crazy pandemic world most of us leave one important thing out of our quest for well being—relaxation. Stress (especially this new coronavirus related stress) can wreak havoc on the body, mind and spirit, and that's why soaking in a sudsy bathtub is making a comeback.
When you're in a bath it forces you to clear your mind and be calm. It is a great exercise to renew your spirit and energy and relaxation is so important for good mental and physical health.
There have been many studies on the benefits of hot baths but I know for sure that in my case a soak in the tub is linked to better sleep; and they are a boon to my body when I feel achy from too much exercise or am feeling under the weather from the flu.
How to do it:
- Make the bath your sanctuary where you can go to relax and be alone.
- Bring a cup of tea or a glass of wine to enjoy with your bath.
- Enhance the aromatherapy experience with candles.
- Play soothing music, which has incredible powers of relaxation.
- Leave your phone in another room—unless you're using it to play music.
- Bring a book to read. (and leave a towel within arm's reach to dry your hands)
- Try a bubble bath bomb made with essential oils to re-live that sudsy experience you had as a child.
- Not a bath bomb person…just add healing Epsom salts which can help relieve muscle aches and pains.
- Break out a home made soap to suds up with– they are so much better than the store bought version and usually full of skin loving ingredients – but make sure they are made with essential oils at best or paraben free fragrances for second best. Check labels!
Soak and enjoy!
Note: Of course there are some people who are unable to get into a tub due to mobility issues, or should not have a hot bath due to health reasons like blood pressure issues etc. If in doubt, contact your doctor.