Nothing feels quite as good as a hot bath after a long, stressful day. For centuries, hot baths have been known to calm the nerves, soothe muscles and joints, and give the bather a general sense of well-being.
Present-day research shows that soaking in a hot bath can help a person sleep deeper and more soundly at night.
A beneficial bath takes some time, so prepare in advance. All you really need is a bathtub, but by including a few special items, such as candles and natural incense, you can enjoy all of the benefits of a relaxing bath at home.
When the lights are low, it’s easier to find your center of peace. Light a few candles and place them around the bathroom and tub. Just be sure to set them far enough away to avoid burns and keep them away from flammable objects.
Find music that relaxes you the most, whether its smooth jazz or Justin Timberlake, whatever helps you relax is best. Keep electronics far from the tub for safety and keep the volume at a low level.
If you live alone, leave your devices in another room to avoid distractions. If there are others in your home, let them know that you are out of commission for a while and should only be bothered in a real emergency. You might consider putting a do-not-disturb sign on your door as well.
Natural incense is the perfect way to bring a relaxing scent into the bath that can calm the nerves and soothe the soul. Look for those that include pure essential oils and use natural herbs and spices, such as Moonflower Incense Sticks.
Although you are surrounded by water, baths can be dehydrating. Bring something to drink such as ice water with a slice of lemon or cucumber.
Once you’re in the bathtub, you’ll want to lean back and chill for a while. The back of the tub can be hard on the head, so use a rolled-up towel behind you for comfort. Or, invest in a good bath pillow.
After your bath has ended and you’re all dried off, smooth on a luxurious body butter to moisturize your skin and add a hint of fragrance. Lavender or rose body butter can help relax and encourage sweet dreams, while lemongrass can boost energy levels for the rest of the day. The bath may be gone, but the effects will linger.
A bath can be as relaxing as you want it to be. By incorporating a few of these ideas, you are sure to come out clean and rejuvenated.