There are two kinds of people in the world: Those who think that bathing is purely a functional experience, something that has to be done, and those who think that bathing is a relaxing way to unwind at the end of the day, a way to pamper yourself and get a little bit of luxury in the everyday. If you are in the former camp but would like to learn more about how to make bathing a delightful experience, we’ll offer some tips below.
Make the time
First things first: You cannot have a relaxing bath experience if you are rushed. The first step in having a relaxing bath is to ensure you have enough uninterrupted time set aside to get the job done right. Put the kids to bed and let the rest of the household know that you are not available for the next little while. Lock the bathroom door and get ready for some you time.
Set the scene
A truly great bath will be a treat for all the senses. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Some luxurious bubble bath, soap and/or body wash in a scent you love
- Your favourite beverage, whether it’s wine, tea, coffee, beer, or whatever
- A bath pillow
- Reading material, music, or something to watch on your table – whatever you prefer to do to relax
Watch the water temperature
Remember not to run your bath water too hot. Very hot water can be jarring to your body and you can actually have a stimulating effect rather than a relaxing one. That’s not what you want! The water should be warm enough to be welcoming and comforting, but not so hot that you have to ease into it toe by toe! The water should feel warmer than your body, but not hot. Aside from the fact that hot water can actually stimulate you and make you feel more awake than rested, it is also very drying to the skin.
Let your mind drift
One of the best ways to truly relax in the tub is to listen to a guided meditation. There are many of them out there, some of which are specifically designed to be listened to while you are in the tub. These meditations allow you to let your mind completely relax and rest, allowing the cares of the day to melt away into oblivion while you rest and recharge mind, body, and soul.
So, what are you waiting for? Run your bath, light the candles, add in your favourite bath products and slip into the tub for an hour of pure luxury.