Freelance contributor Lucy Bailey sent us her tips on creating the perfect bathtime experience!
Having a bath is one of the most relaxing things that you can do at home. You can soak away the stresses and strains of the day, and indulge in a little me-time. The amazing acupuncture hydro-massage of a whirlpool bath is completely blissful and has some wonderful health benefits. It can help improve your circulation and ease away aches and pains. It’s a perfect way to wind down and soothe body and soul.
Turn your bathroom into a sanctuary
Having a bath isn’t just about getting clean, it’s about having some essential relaxation time. Run yourself a hot bubble bath, or turn on the whirlpool bath, pour yourself a drink, and enjoy soaking in the suds. Having an uninterrupted bath is the perfect way to wind down at the end of a long day. The bathroom is somewhere private, that you can transform into a safe sanctuary away from the world. Create some intimate lighting in your bathroom by lighting some scented candles. Your bathroom will feel like twilight, with a warm glow. A study has shown that certain smells can make you feel happy, and this is true of the candles scents you choose. For instance, lemon is a wonderful pick-me-up which improves mood. Lavender is another good choice, as it is known for having a natural calming effect and also helps with sleep problems.
Immerse yourself in sound
Playing music while you are in the bath relaxes mind and body. Studies have shown that the right kind of music can also reduce anxiety. Music that has a tempo of fewer than 60 beats per minute is good because it slows down the heart rate and reduces blood pressure, This will help you to feel tranquil and calm. Atmospheric music, such as sounds of the ocean or the rainforest is a good choice for bathtime. It can help your mind drift away and quieten thoughts. Waterproof Bluetooth speakers are available to purchase, so you can use them safely near the bathtub when you listen to music. Wonderboom, Bose, and Sony all make speakers that are suitable for use in the bathroom.
Just add bath oil
When you are soaking in the tub, adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil can make all the difference. The oil will help to moisturize the skin, keeping it soft, supple and feeling smooth. Many essential oils have medicinal properties too. Chamomile oil is great for relaxing the body and easing sore muscles. If you are trying to reduce anxiety and calm the mind, then bergamot oil is a good choice, it has a delicate fragrance and is really uplifting. Frankincense oil is often used in prayer and meditation, as it clears the mind and is good for focus and concentration. A few drops in the bath water is also good for colds and flu. It helps clear the chest and eases breathing.
A blissful bath is all about indulging yourself in a little alone time. Light the candles, put on a little soothing music and settle into the warm, healing water.