Thursday, September 17, 2009

How to Set the Scene for a Relaxing Bath

If you’re as busy and stressed as most of us, you may not take time out to care for yourself very often, but to maintain a healthy mind, body, and spirit, you should incorporate some time into your schedule for relaxation. A bath is a great way to unwind at the end of the day.

Here are some tips for setting the scene. Choose the ones that you are comfortable with using.

1. Time for privacy. You cannot relax if you are being interrupted. So it's important to keep the phone out of the bathroom, tell your spouse to watch the kids, or avoid interrupting, and lock the door.

2. You may enjoy music. Set up a portable radio or CD player AWAY from the tub to listen to some relaxing music. While this is a great relaxation technique, it's not for everyone. So if you prefer quiet, skip this step.

3. Use candles or dim the light. Candles are excellent for promoting relaxation, especially if using aromatherapy candles or a scent that brings you positive feelings. Hey, if grandma's cookies relax you, get a candle in a cookie scent.

4. Get out your bath products. Bath salts, milks, teas, melts, bombs, oils and bubble baths are wonderful bathing experiences. Choose from one of our products or use your kid's Mr. Bubbles. Anyway you can enjoy yourself in the tub will reduce stress.

5. You can use some treatments while you're at it. Pampering yourself will certainly make you feel better and should be a part of a regular routine. Scrubs and polishes, masques, or even a good bath brush are perfect ways to pamper yourself during your tub time.

6. While you are in the pampering mood, you can slather yourself with oils, lotions or butters after the tub, giving your skin nourishing vitamins and minerals and locking in moisture.

Set a schedule each week for a relaxing bath. Keeping a schedule will keep your stress under control. Don’t feel guilty about it either —you deserve it!

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