When you get home from a long week at work, there’s nothing better than taking a relaxing bath to make you feel like a normal person again. Even if you think you know how to make your bath as relaxing as possible, there are some tricks to make it even better. You may end up spending your whole weekend in the bath, and there’s nothing wrong with that!
Control the Temperature
A hot bath might sound good, but in reality, a warm bath is better for your body. The perfect temperature for your bath is 92 degrees Fahrenheit, which is a little lower than your internal body temperature (98.6° is normal). If your water is too hot, your body remains tense while it adjusts to the heat. If it’s too cold, your body’s muscles contract to conserve energy, which is hardly relaxing. So, be mindful of the water temperature, especially if relaxation is your goal.
Use Essential Oils
Aromatherapy has been around for centuries and certain smells are known to trigger specific responses in the body. In particular, lemongrass oil and lavender oil are recognized for their relaxation properties. By adding essential oils to your bath or using a bath bomb infused with essential oils, you’re automatically making your bath more relaxing. As a bonus, essential oils are non-toxic, so you don’t have to worry about adding unknown chemicals to your body, which defeats the entire idea of relaxation in the first place.
Light Some Candles
Making a bath relaxing is not just about the bath itself, but it’s also about the mood and setting. Setting up some candles around your bathroom and turning out the overhead light, not only makes the room seem calmer but also sends the signal to your body that it’s time to start winding down for the day. Your body’s circadian rhythm relies on light to trigger sleepiness, and you’ll feel yourself start to feel more serene when the lights are low, and the candlelight is flickering. Just be careful not to fall asleep in the tub!
Play Soft Music
You’re already indulging your senses of touch, smell, and sight with the water temperature, essential oils, and candles, so continue the multi-sensory experience by adding some soft music to the environment. Classical music or slow love songs are perfect for a relaxing time in the bathtub. If you’re not really into music, try a meditation app that takes your mind off your worries and makes your body less tense as you soak in your bath.
Continue your sensory bath by drinking a glass of wine while you submerge your body under the bubbles and warm water. Alcohol’s relaxation properties are well known, and as long as you’re not driving, there’s no harm in indulging in a glass or two. Plus, after the week you’ve had, you deserve it!
Creating the perfect bath isn’t hard, but it does take some preparation. So, the next time you’re at the store, grab some bath bombs, candles, and a bottle of wine. Then, put on some low music, lower yourself into the perfectly warm water, and let yourself relax.