It’s the end of a long day. Your feet are tired, you’re wound up with tension, and you just need to indulge yourself for a while. For most people, this is when it’s time to take a nice relaxing bath. However, not all baths are created equal, so use these tips to ensure that yours is as relaxing as possible.
Take a Shower
Yes – take a shower. That might seem like an odd piece of advice for people who want a relaxing bath, but taking a shower beforehand cleans your skin to leave you feeling fresh. This means that you’ll avoid the feeling of sitting in dirty water once you sink into the tub, and ensures that you can sit back and relax instead of worrying about cleaning yourself.
Prepare the Room
Firstly, make sure the bathroom itself is totally clean and tidy – you don’t want a mess stressing out your me-time. After ensuring that things are spick and span, you can start drawing the bath itself. If possible, do this around half an hour before you want to get in, and avoid the frustration of wanting to add more hot water once you’re settled, only to find that there’s none left in the tank. Before you get in, hang your towels and bathrobe on the radiator to make sure they’re nice and toasty for when you get out.
Use the Right Products
Fragrances can help you relax, but artificial items can cause irritation, so try adding a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Lavender is particularly effective at creating a relaxed atmosphere. If you dislike skin-pruning, add 1 or 2 cups of Epsom salt.
Create Your Own Atmosphere
Find your most relaxing music, and then put it on an mp3 player or phone so you can listen in the bath. In-ear headphone work well since they cover very little of your face, preventing discomfort. Place the player itself on a ledge which isn’t directly above the bath to stop it accidently falling in. If music isn’t your thing, consider downloading an audio book by your favourite author.
All it takes are a few little tricks to make your next bath as soothing and refreshing as possible. Follow these tips, and you’ll never want to get out.