I am not really what you would call a bath person. I typically take showers. When I heard that some folks take baths to relieve stress, I began reading numerous sites on what good can occur just by taking a bath. Here is what I found.
The positive effects of taking a bath:
Improves mood/a mood booster
Helps decrease stress and anxiety
Decreases muscle tension and thus relaxes your body
Can help you sleep
Calms the nervous system
According to Health Line taking a bath can Improve your breathing and help decrease pain, improve your blood sugar, lower your blood pressure, and can protect you from illness and infection.
Aromatherapy through scented oils can increase the therapeutic benefits of a bath.
Set the mood with lighting and calming music.
Support your head with a towel or bath pillow.
You can use bubble bath or shower gel to produce bubbles.
Have everything you need at your fingertips such as a good razor, body wash, body scrub, shampoo and conditioner,
My prep for the stress relief bath;
I went to hobby lobby and purchased candles, glass candle holders and a candle lighter.
I bought some bath goodies at Bath and Body Works.
I found the perfect station on Pandora it is called “Relaxation Radio”
I lit the candles and turned on “Relaxation Radio” on Pandora.
I began to fill the tub with warm/hot water. About halfway through the process, I poured in a little “Stress Relief Eucalyptus and Spearmint Essential Oils Luxury Bath” from Bath and Body Works.
I also had my glass of ice water close by along with my body wash and body scrub.
I made sure my towel and washcloth were within reach, then turned off the lights and was ready for my first, intentional, stress relief bath.
I have taken two stress relief baths since I started this stress relief experiment.
The first bath was a bit too hot. It took me a while to get used to the temperature and then after being in the water for about 20 minutes I started to sweat. I do not enjoy getting overheated.
My second bath I cooled down the heat a bit and found it to be much more relaxing.
The candles and the music set a peaceful mood.
When I was in the water, I took the time to focus on the moment. I closed my eyes and enjoyed the scent of the aromatherapy, the feel of my clean, smooth skin after using the scrub, the calming sound of the music, and the feel of the warm water on my skin.
I do find taking an intentional stress relief bath does relax me. Afterward, I felt calm and peaceful.
Will I continue this practice to relieve stress?
Yes, I will. It will not be a daily practice but maybe once a week.
If you find you are feeling stressed, try a Stress Relief Bath.
Wishing you a stress-free day,
I am in no way a professional on stress relief. The info in this post is regarding what I have read online and my personal experience.
Also, know that a hot bath is not suitable for everyone. If you have health issues or concerns, you should consult your Dr. before taking a hot bath.