Taking a bath is one of the most relaxing ways to soothe yourself after a busy day. However, you can also transform your bath, and upgrade your whole bathing experience by turning your baths into self-care rituals. Here is why turning your bath into a self-care ritual is beneficial for you:
1. Taking the time for yourself
If you are leading a busy lifestyle, you are probably not paying a lot of attention to yourself. Whether you are too busy, or you just feel like spending time by yourself is just wasting time, you probably spend very little time by yourself. And that shouldn’t be the case. You need to take some time off from each day, to process your thoughts, emotions and to be more mindful and aware of what is happening with you. That’s why turning taking a bath into a self-care ritual is very important for you – because taking time for yourself will turn into a daily habit.
2. Practice self-care regularly
Although taking care of yourself should come to you naturally, many people seem to think that spending time by yourself is hard, and it only feels like wasting time. In reality, every moment you spend taking care of yourself is what is keeping you healthy. Taking care of yourself should always be a priority, and each day you should set aside some time to practice self-care. By turning your bath into a self-care ritual, you are not only multitasking and saving time, but also you are making your self-care ritual even more effective because of the nourishing benefits of taking a bath.
3. Calming your busy mind
We all know that when you take a nice bath, you instantly feel relaxed. However, have you ever wondered why stress and anxiety seem to melt away every time you take a bath?
Laying down horizontally in water has a nourishing soothing effect on you because it reminds you of the safest place on earth for you, from where your existence has begun – the womb.
Many scholars believe that laying down to take a bath gives you a sense of security, much like the one you felt like an embryo in your mother’s womb, or later as a child - in your mother’s embrace.
4. Improving your quality of sleep
If you have been suffering from insomnia, or you feel like the quality of sleep that you are getting doesn’t make you energized and refreshed in the morning, then taking a long warm bath before you go to sleep can help you fall asleep faster. After taking a long warm bath, your core temperature has risen thanks to the warm water.
Once you leave the bathtub, your body will return to its normal temperature. Because this drop in temperature occurs, you will get sleepy in no time! Plus, having a relaxing bath before going to sleep will help you reduce your stress levels, relax and release all the tension you have piled up during the day – immensely increasing the quality of sleep that you will be getting.
5. Detoxing physically and mentally
As the temperature gets lower, it’s quite easy to catch a cold or the flu. The colder it is, the more viruses appear in the air, because it’s the perfect breeding ground for them. That means the more viruses get in the air, the higher the chance for you to catch one. Which is why we recommend having detox baths at least once a month. By regularly having detox baths, you are helping your immune system to fight off the viruses before they compromise your immune system.
6. Improve your overall wellbeing
Taking a bath, and turning it into a self-care ritual is a great way to take care of your body and mind. By soaking in a warm bath, you will relieve muscle pain and tension in your joints, improve the condition of your skin, and even ease off cold and flu symptoms. The warm water will also help you to slow down, and process the thoughts you are having – helping you gain clarity of mind. It’s important to process your thoughts and truly understand them instead of letting your mind wander aimlessly, which in turn can make you feel anxious and upset. It’s the perfect combination for taking care of yourself and improving your overall wellbeing.
7. Upgrading your skincare
We have all faced skin issues throughout our lives. No matter whether your skin is easily irritated, or you are struggling with something as simple as blackheads – the skin issues are there. But, they don’t have to be! When you take a long steamy bath it opens up your pores significantly, making it easier to clean your skin.
The moisture of the water, even though it makes your skin wrinkly, is actually very beneficial for your skin. Warm water moisturizes your skin and leaves it moist for longer which in turn prevents the cracks on your skin caused by dry skin.
Even if your skin is irritated, a warm bath actually has a soothing and calming effect on your skin, helping it to recover faster.