We know how frustrating it is when your soccer team doesn’t win. This chance only comes along every four years, after all. If you’ve got World Cup frustration and you just can’t relax, try these relaxing baths. Maybe the Brazil team should read this article!

Richard Branson said, “Right now, I’m just delighted to be alive and to have had a nice long bath.” Baths are therapeutic; they reduce stress, pain and nerves. They may even improve sleep, so grab a book, light some candles and draw a warm bath. Put a TV in the bathroom if you have the space, and make sure it’s safely wired, if you’re not a reader.

During a bath, the heat tires out the body and causes a person to relax, de-stress and release negative emotions. If you play soccer yourself, take some of these baths to help your muscles heal, reduce pain and diminish cramps.

Therapeutic Baths:

Massage Bath

Bathtubs with massage jets (including whirlpool jets or air jets) are perfect for this. If your tub doesn’t have jets, you can put a ball in the bath. The combination of massage and warm water will release tension in the muscles and help you let go of worries.

Sea Salt Bath

Adding sea salt to the bathtub will create a detox effect and will reduce swelling, soreness and pain in the body. A sea salt bath will also promote healing and calm the nervous system. Use this bath to calm down after a visit to the gym and before bedtime.

Herbal Bath

Natural herbs can make all the difference. Use nature’s remedies to enhance relaxation during your therapeutic bath. You can put herbs in a bag or a tea bag to keep the bath cleaner.

Add chamomile to your bathing routine to decrease stress and ease your mind before sleeping. You can add rosemary to decrease congestion and pain. Eucalyptus will also reduce congestion and promote relaxation. You can even add store bought tea bags to the bath if you don’t want to mix your own herbs.

Milk & Honey Bath

The Egyptians used these natural ingredients to create relaxing baths. The proteins and fats in milk reduce redness, itching and dryness of the skin. They also help keep your skin hydrated. Honey is anti-microbial and an antioxidant. It also moisturizes and hydrates skin. Mix both honey and milk into your bath and enjoy for ten to thirty minutes at a time. Your skin should come out smoother and softer.

Essential Oil Bath

The fragrances from essential oils will help de-clutter your mind. This is known as aromatherapy, an alternative type of medicine, which uses scents to improve mood and health. For example, lavender is an essential oil that calms the mind. Use your favorite scents in the bathtub to help you de-stress.

Remember, taking a bath increases blood circulation, improves sleep and calms down the body’s nervous system. This hydrotherapy is therapeutic and should help you get through your World Cup blues!

Enjoy every moment of relaxation as you sit back during a steam session. Listen to this Coldplay playlist in the steam shower.

You can see last week’s playlist for the shower here: Music in the Shower: Taylor Swift.

If you’ve finished last month’s book, June’s Book to Read in the Tub: The Fault in Our Stars, it’s time to start another paperback in the bathtub. This month’s pick is Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, which was adapted into a major motion picture directed by Gavin Hood. Written in 1985, Ender’s Game definitely stands the test of time. It was listed by the Science Channel in Top 10 Sci-Fi Books of All Time and by NPR in Top 100 Science Fiction.

Ender’s Game follows the life of Andrew Wiggin (nicknamed Ender), a child genius. Ender is from a futuristic Earth at war with an alien species called Buggers. Ender, a promising student, is accepted into Battle School. In this world, children are trained in simulations of zero gravity battles to fight Buggers. The Buggers were most recently stopped by the hero Mazer Rackham.

Throughout the book, Ender is challenged by his older brother Peter and by the antagonistic Battle School bully Bonzo Madrid. Ender has a special connection with his sister Valentine Wiggin. He is put through various tests and challenges by the Battle School.

Ender’s Game won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1985 and the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1986. The film version premiered in October 2013 and starred Asa Butterfield as Ender and Abigail Breslin as Valentine. Literary fans protest the book is superior to the film, but the movie is still enjoyable to watch.

About Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card, born in August 1951, is an American author and English professor at Southern Virginia University. He graduated from the University of Utah and Brigham Young University. He is the co-producer of the film Ender’s Game and has written various works, including Ultimate Iron Man from Marvel Comics. Orson Scott Card is the only author to have won both the Nebula and the Hugo Award consecutively.

Interesting Facts

Orson Scott Card released a revised edition of the novel in 1991.

Ender’s Game is on the Professional Reading List for the United States Marine Corps because of its description of militaristic thinking, training and leadership.

Orson Scott Card was inspired by the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov while writing Ender’s Game.

Our Favorite Quotes from Ender’s Game

“I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves.”

“There are times when the world is rearranging itself, and at times like that, the right words can change the world.”

“Perhaps it’s impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be.”

More like Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game is the first book of an entire series, which may appeal to you if you like this book. The second book of the series is Speaker for the Dead. Other books include Xenocide, Children of the Mind, Ender’s Shadow and Ender in Exile.

Other science fiction you may like includesThe Dune Chronicles, The Giver, Never Let Me Go and The Hunger Games.