Feel overwhelmed in life and need a break from your go-go-go lifestyle? With constant, work, meetings, to-do lists, chores and social obligations it can be hard to find a quiet time for yourself. We pride ourselves on our work, accomplishments, friends, achievements and sometimes forget to prioritize debatably more important things like sleep and self-care.
Taking care of ourselves and spending time with our own thoughts is one of the MOST important rituals we should incorporate into our daily (or at least weekly) life. There are many apps now like headspace and calm which promote restfulness and stress reduction through meditation.
While these apps are wonderful and I encourage their use, sometimes it’s important to put the electronics away and just be. Taking a bath can be one of the best ways to completely disconnect and relax within the comfort of your own home. Just be mindful to make it a sacred space so you can truly relax. Leave your phone in another room and don’t even think about bringing your laptop in there. The work can wait and Netflix can chill another time
Instead create a stress-free (and technology free) environment for yourself. While escaping to the beach or into the woods would be magical, it’s not always as accessible. One of the best ways to decompress and relax at home is by running a hot bath. Immersing yourself in water is therapeutic in itself and being alone with your own thoughts further adds to the healing and restorative process. Add some candles or essential oils to top it off for a completely encompassing and recuperative experience .
Tips on how to bathe like a pro
1. Essential oils
Add a few drops of essential oil to your bath. Your essential oil selection may vary depending on your mood and the time of day.
If this is an evening bath meant to purely relax and induce a restful night sleep add 5-10 drops of lavender.
If this is a morning or midday bath add 5 drops of eucalyptus and 5 drops of rosemary as they are both soothing yet stimulating, perfect for relaxing and jumping back into action after.
Hang some Eucalyptus above your bath or throw in some flowers or rose petals to your bath. If you are adding flowers or rose petals to your bath make sure the water isn’t too hot or they will wilt quickly.
I know it sounds a little over the top to throw petals in a bath for just yourself but I’m telling you it really adds to the indulgence of self-care and makes you feel extra special.
3. Epsom salts
Add some Epsom salt to your bath or make your own bath salt blend. Epsom salts is rich in magnesium, which will reduce inflammation. It also contains beneficial minerals, which soak into the skin, and sulfates, which help flush out toxins. It is known to ease stress, relax the body, relieve pain and stop muscle cramps. Your muscles will feel relieved, ready to fall asleep and recover.
Candles really add that extra touch of relaxation, especially if you have aggressive bathroom lighting you are trying to avoid. Light some around the room that smell wonderful and complement the essential oils.
I highly recommend trying to embrace the first 10 minutes of the bath without any distractions but your own thoughts. Think about your breathing and all the wonderful things in your life that you are grateful for. What are 3 amazing things that happened this week? What are 3 amazing things that happened this year? After giving gratitude think about how wonderful it feels to be in the moment. Notice the warm water engulfing your skin and enjoy the faint sound of your breathe.
Grab a book and get lost in it. If you are into novels I would recommend blank and black. If you are in the mood for some soul searching I recommend “six sacred steps” and black. Feel free to also enjoy a book of poetry or inspiration like "you are a circle".
7. Body scrub
Ain’t nothing like a good body exfoliation. Try this DIY one. It is known to ease stress, relax the body, relieve pain and stop muscle cramps.
Polish your skin to remove dead skin cells and allow new ones to regenerate. These layers of dead skin cells can make the skin look dry and flaky; exfoliation with a moringa salt scrub reveals the moist, bright skin hidden underneath.
This regenerating Moringa body scrub contains only 4 simple ingredients.
Welcome positive energy with your favorite crystals. Try a detox bath using clear crystal quartz and bentonite clay. Add the crystal quartz to your bath, fill it with warm water, add 1 cup of bentonite clay and swish it around so it mixes into the water. Soak for no more than 20 minutes and then rinse using cool water to wash off all the impurities that have been extracted from your body. This is an incredibly detoxifying bath that effectively pulls out toxins and metals from your body. It will also pull out vitamins and minerals so please make sure to replenish with lots of water and nutrients (like a Morina Latte) after!
9. CBD Oil
Get extra relaxed by taking some CBD oil before your bath. Don’t worry, you won’t get high, it will just relax your body and muscles so you can fully be present in the moment.
10. Burn Sage
Clear the air and energy and set the mood by “smudging” the bathroom and surrounding area with sage and/or palo santo. (Smudging instructions in the linked blog post).
11. Chlorophyll water
The heat from the bathtub can be quite dehydrating and thirst quenching. Soak in your bathtub prepared, with a refreshing glass of chlorophyll water. It's energizing for your body and detoxifying for your blood. Plus this minty and alkalizing liquid will boost your immune system and will keep you disease free.
It’s hard to always find a place to put your water, crystals and book. This adjustable bath tray is your solution.
If you are feeling inspired, start your regimen with a Moringa mask to help detoxify the impurities from your skin.