Bye Bye Stress: 5 Steps to the Ultimate Relaxing Bath

Bye Bye Stress: 5 Steps to the Ultimate Relaxing Bath

If you have been under a lot of stress lately, then it is highly recommended that you take steps to cope with the stress. Taking a relaxing bath is one of the best ways to do so. However, when we think about having the ultimate relaxing bath, usually a spa resort or some other luxury bathing experience comes to mind. You should know that you can also experience it in your own home. All you need is proper planning and preparation.

Add a Scented Oil
Scents can have a deep effect on our mood and they can be a very powerful way to reduce stress levels. So, consider adding a scented oil to your bathtub when it’s halfway full. Lavender oil is one of the most common options, but you can also use rose oil, chamomile oil, or bergamot oil to add a relaxing aroma.

Right Temperature
A perfect bath should have the right temperature. The ideal bath temperature varies for each person because some people are more sensitive to heat as compared to others. As a rule of thumb, your bath should feel a bit hot to the touch before you get in. Once you get in, your body will adjust to the warmth. Don’t start with your bath too cold. You want it to retain some heat while you are in there.

Put on Relaxing Music and Light a Few Candles
Setting a relaxing tone in your bathroom is also very important. When it comes to this, candles and music are the primary options. Surround your tub with candles and it is highly recommended that you use circular candles that feature steel cup underneath so the wax doesn’t accidentally get into your bathtub or stain your tiles. For music, choose something that you find the most relaxing. Soothing music will help you quickly get into a relaxed state of mind.

Fluffy Towel and Bathrobe
When you are done, you will need a fluffy towel and bathrobe ready. Many people like to have a robe to get dressed into. Make sure that the towels and bathrobe are warm and comfortable. You can have them get warm on a radiator while you are taking the bath. It would also be a good idea to place your pajamas in the bathroom before you get started.

Relax Afterward
When you finish your relaxing bath, don’t just pull the plug, climb out, and get back to your routine as doing this will completely undo the relaxing effect of your bath. Instead, it is recommended that you relax afterward. Bring yourself out of the bath mindfully and gently and pay attention to the smells and sounds you are experiencing even as you put your clothes on.

It is important to fight stress with effective stress relievers from time to time. A relaxing bath is a great way to rejuvenate and unwind and it’s all up to you to decide just how relaxing you want your bath to be. The above-listed steps are just some of the ways to help you get started.

Photos by: Roberto Nickson, Matheus Frade, photoholgic, Taryn Elliott, Andrea Piacquadio, Sam Carter

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