We live in a hectic age, in which most of us have busy schedules and barely have time to prepare a healthy meal or make some serious time for relaxation. However, you shouldn’t always sacrifice your health and well-being to make time for other things. After all, how can you accomplish all of your goals if you’re burnt out?

 

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Review this list of ways to relax and try to incorporate one or two into your daily routine. You can even rotate relaxing activities throughout the week.

 

  1. Eating well. Our bodies are machines and it’s important to give them the right fuel. Have you noticed how sometimes certain foods make you feel horrible? Pay attention to how food makes you feel, and put food in your body that makes you feel good.
  2. Practice breathing exercises. Taking deep and slow breathes will help you practice mindfulness and help you calm down. Practicing your breathing will also help you during meditation and yoga.
  3. Rub your feet. You can rub your feet on a tennis ball to give yourself a foot massage. You may recognize this from yoga class.
  4. Journal. Sometimes writing out your feelings is just the thing you need to get them off your chest. You can write a letter to someone you’re upset with and without ever having to show it to them.
  5. Adopt a pet. A pet can ease loneliness and provide stress relief. Petting a cat or dog will lower your blood pressure and give you a special relationship with someone who will love you unconditionally.
  6. Get in the sun. Many of us don’t get enough sunlight. We wake up, go to work and go home without sitting outside. This can mess with our internal clock. Get some time in the sun to help your sleep schedule and to help decrease depression.
  7. Alone time. Alone time can be hard to come by, especially when you have a family, a job and commitments. However, it’s still important to carve out that special me time, in which you can de-stress and allow yourself to recharge.
  8. Take a steam shower. A steam shower is an excellent use of alone time. Steam is a natural stress fighter. It will increase blood circulation, cleanse your skin and allow you to breathe more easily. You can relax in steam with your favorite music playing through surround sound speakers, infuse essential oils into your shower with an aromatherapy system, use a built-in foot massager and enjoy the body massage jets. Take this time to focus on the sensations and relax. In the end, your mind and your body will feel better.

 

You can browse for the perfect steam shower for you on SteamShowersInc.com. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 800-304-3598, or contact us via our Live Chat Online feature. We are here to help you pick out the perfect bathroom for you to help you relax and enjoy your time to the fullest.

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Sometimes it just feels good to know you’re using something natural, that you made yourself and saved a lot of money on. Sometimes the little, simple things in life can be the most relaxing and rewarding to enjoy. That’s why today’s blog features a list of natural additions you can add to your showers and bathtubs to create an extra element.

Do-it-yourself projects can be fun activities and crafts to relax your mind. At the same time, you’re creating products to enjoy every day. Everything in this list is homemade or easy to do.

1. Homemade Bath Bombs: Who said bathtubs have to be boring? You can drop a homemade bath bomb into a bathtub, and it will start to react and fizzle. The essential oil you put in the bath bomb will release and create a relaxing atmosphere.

Surprisingly, these luxury items are super simple and easy to make. You need citric acid, Epsom salts, baking soda, corn starch, food coloring, your favorite essential oils and a mold. You can get creative and add your favorite color or multiple colors to the bath bombs. Some DIYers even add personal touches like glitter, fresh lavender, rose petals or candy.

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2. Homemade Shampoo & Conditioner: Making your own shampoo and conditioner can be a fun way to improve the health of your hair. These concoctions are easier on your body and cost less than brand shampoos and conditioners. Create a natural shampoo by mixing olive oil, honey and Dr. Brommer’s soap; create a homemade conditioner with olive oil, eggs and honey. If you don’t want to use eggs, you can use olive oil and apple cider vinegar to condition your hair.

3. Homemade Scrubs: Scrubs will keep your skin soft or treat dry skin with natural ingredients. We all wash our hands multiple times a day, and even more during cold and flu season. This dries out our hands, especially if we work at a job where we are constantly using our hands and washing them.

A DIY hand or skin scrub is basically just sugar, a type of oil (olive or coconut) and your choice of fruit or soap and essential oil. After pouring the sugar and oil into a jar, you can squeeze lemon on top and stir the mixture. The ratios don’t have to be exact; just add more of either ingredient until you get the consistency you like. Keep the scrub in a jar by the sink or decorate the jar and give it away as a gift.

4. Aromatherapy: You can infuse your steam shower or whirlpool bathtubs with aromatherapy to create a sensory experience. Aromatherapy is the use of scents to calm the mind and help the body, and it’s easy to add to your routine. Just put a few drops of your favorite essential oil in the aromatherapy system in your steam shower. If you don’t have one, simply put some drops on the floor of the shower or of the bathtub. Eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil calm the respiratory system and lavender promotes relaxation.

With these tips and plans for natural remedies, we hope you enjoy your shower and bathtub to the fullest. All of the above projects use natural ingredients and scents to enhance the way you use your bathroom.  If you have any questions about steam showers or whirlpool bathtubs, browse SteamShowersInc.com or call 800-304-3598.

Have you ever wondered what the bathroom of the future looks like? Well, the future is a lot closer than you think. In the 1960s, the futuristic cartoon The Jetsons premiered on television. The story was set in 2062, which is only 48 years in the future from now. It shouldn’t be surprising then that homeowners in 2014 are spending more time and money remodeling personal bathrooms in the home to create futuristic and luxurious bathrooms.

More people are remodeling their homes and focusing on the bathroom. The trend of creating a personal spa bathroom is not about being as extravagant as possible, although it may look like that on the surface. It’s about making the bathroom as enjoyable as possible while still looking modern and sleek. Today, a modern, luxury bathroom is incomplete without the addition of a steam shower. Steam showers kill two birds with one stone by adding style to the bathroom and adding a healthy activity to your life.

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Taking steam showers was once an activity that was only possible in the spa, gym or hotel. Today, people are installing custom steam showers or modular steam shower units in the home. These are smart showers enclosed in elegant glass, and many of these steam showers come in sizes that are retrofit for existing spaces for showers or bathtubs. Steam showers work with a shower enclosure, seat, steam generator and showerheads.

These steam shower units use modern technology to deliver a shower that is more convenient and customizable than the average shower. The bathroom remodeling trends include installing showers, bathtubs and toilets that allow you to fully customize your experience to your individual tastes and needs. In steam showers, you can control all of the shower features from the digital control panel. The user is in control of temperature, steam, body massage jets, chromatherapy lighting and music. You can create a personalized experience with the touch of your fingers.

The bathroom is no longer just for hygiene; it’s a personal spa to relax in and treat yourself in. Trending spa features include chromatherapy lighting, FM radio, surround sound speakers, Bluetooth technology for playing personal music, rainfall showerheads, televisions mounted on walls across from steam showers or in bathroom cabinets and aromatherapy systems. You can take a steam shower while listening to your favorite songs and infusing the shower with your favorite , calming scent.

Additionally, taking a steam shower improves a person’s health. Bathing with steam creates hyperthermia (an artificial fever), boosts the immune system, kills germs, cleanses the skin and treats sore muscles. Bathing with steam is also beneficial to those suffering from respiratory conditions, including asthma, bronchitis and allergies. Steam showers also improve blood circulation and expand blood vessels to speed the delivery of the oxygen and nutrients your body needs.

Steam showers are also more affordable than ever and becoming more popular than ever. You can browse steam showers on SteamShowersInc.com or call 800-304-3598 to speak to one of our experienced staff members. Soon all you’ll need is a robot to clean your futuristic bathroom.