For some people having a bath is so old school, while for other it’s an essential part of their daily grooming.
I love water, so it’s a given that I love having baths.
However over the past 18 months, I’ve found myself having less baths, mainly because I didn’t feel that I had enough time.
For me, a bath is not a quick dip. It’s a long soak and I need to spend at least 30 mins immersed in hot water.
Staying in the bath long enough to be fully wrinkled and having to top up the hot water several times is heavenly.
But, when I compared the time it takes to have a bath and the time it takes to have a shower, more and more, a shower became more appealing.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love a shower just as much as I love a bath.
In fact, some of my best ideas come to me in the shower.
However, a few weeks ago I had the most epic bath which reminded me exactly why making time to have a good long soak in the bath is essential, not optional.
Peace of mind is my top value in life, and a relaxing bath is one of the best and quickest ways to achieve it.
Here are my 5 essentials for the ultimate relaxing bath:
I’ve read several articles over the years promoting the benefits of adding essential oils to your bath. However, as I have very sensitive skin, and have never been able to use bubble bath, I was always a bit nervous about doing so.
But a few weeks ago I added some high-quality essential oil to my bath and it’s totally transformed my bathing experience.
There are so many essential oils to choose from, each with their own unique benefits. Not only for your skin, but also for your mind and internal ailments.
Add the essential oils to the bath once you have finished running it and be sure to follow the instructions on how much to add.
Be careful when using essential oils as they can irritate the skin, and some people advise mixing the oils with a carrier oil before adding to your bath water.
Also as with any skin product, do a small patch test beforehand to ensure you’ll have no adverse reactions, and always use high quality oils.
While the bath is running you want to set the scene.
The ultimate relaxing bath is all about self-love. It’s about treating yourself like a queen.
Scented candles are the next essential you need.
As with essential oils, there’s an abundance of fragrances to choose from, so simply pick a fragrance that takes your fancy and light them.
Next, you want some soft, sensual background music.
I normally go for Neo-Soul or Acoustic music. Spotify has some really great playlists, however, I’m a premium user so I don’t have adverts.
You can always create your own bath time playlist or dust of your one of your old school CDs.
Switch off your phone (and all electronic items)
If you only do one thing, do this.
Nowadays we are too connected.
We spend most of our time using an electronic device and our brains are constantly stimulated.
So, I’m actually going to slightly contradict what I said in the point above. Ignore what I said about Spotify, and use an old school mp3 player – remember those? (I still have, use and love an iPod Classic).
The point is as soon as you get out of the bath, if you’re using your phone to listen to music, as soon as you pick it up to turn off the music, you’ll be tempted to check your messages, social media or email. Which will then undo most, if not all of your bath time magic.
Turn out the lights
If you’ve never had a bath in the dark, you’re seriously missing out.
Not only is the flicker of candle light somewhat meditative helping you to relax further.
Additionally, your other senses will be heightened meaning you’ll benefit even more from the essential oil you add to the bath.
Following these steps will not only ensure the ultimate relaxing bath, but you’re certain to have the best night’s sleep you’ve had in a long time.
The benefits of taking a bath have been recognised throughout the ages. However, due to our fast-paced lifestyles, many of us, including myself, have forgotten just how beneficial having a regular soak can be.
A bath offers so much more than a way to get clean.
Baths help you unplug and escape the outside world. They are also a great way to relieve stress, improve blood circulation and soothe muscles.
Taking a bath gives you a moment in your day where you don’t have to do anything but lie back and relax.
Now doesn’t that sound heavenly?
In my mind, taking an ultimate relaxing bath is a massive act of self-love and one that we all deserve and should make time for.
What are your essentials for the ultimate relaxing bath?