Updated: Nov 27, 2019
Taking a bath is one of the most underrated luxuries there is. The average person only takes a few baths out of the entire year. Roughly, 90% of people would rather take a quick shower verse's taking a long soothing bath. Why is that?
Only 10% of people, surveyed with Angies List were more than likely to take a bath over a shower. Some of the driving factors were that just over 6% of bath takers don’t quite feel clean, while only 4.6% of shower lovers feel the same. Another obvious reason is that baths take longer, and people "just don't have time for it.
In all honesty , excuses aside, people just aren't prepared for the occasion. Maybe they try it once, but it doesn't leave an impression on them. We have a simple solution!
Here is a step-by-step Guide On How To Optimize Your Bath Routine.
1.) Hygiene Come First!
Before you take a bath, it is important that you take a quick shower first. You want to make sure to scrub all the debris you've collected from your day. After all, you wouldn't want to fester in your own dirt as if you were making human stew.
It is also recommend that you use fragrance-free or unscented soap for this step. You want to eliminate any type of smell prior to getting in your bath, especially if you're planning to bathe with essential oils. Washing with artificial fragrances in general can dry out your skin and irritate it, so be prepared to have an unscented one at your disposal.
2.) Bathtub Efficacy.
Prepping your bathroom before you take a bath can be the difference from having a great harmonious experience to having a dreadful one. Make sure you clean up your bathroom to refresh the space. Take out any toys from your kids, clean your loofah's (as they are prone to harbor bacteria, and remove shampoo bottles so they don't easily fall in the tub and disrupt your peace. Its all about planning ahead, and trust me, you will be glad you did!
Another step you want to take is to actually clean your bath tub. The last thing you want to do is see soap scrum or mildew on the bottom of your soap holders when you lay your head back to relax.
3.) Optimize Your Space.
This is where you get to add your personal touch and bring out your creativity. Add flowers, crystals and and candles to your bath to create an intimate setting. Take this time to really pamper yourself. Dem the lights if you can or play some soft soothing music. Anything to add to the experience will be well worth the extra effort.
4.) Use Empowering Affirmations.
Prayer or affirmations can be use to heighten your mood, especially right before you step into the bath. Bring that good feeling with you in the water and let it vibrate all around you, resting in a pool of love and abundance. Being in a state of gratitude can tremendously change the way you see yourself and the world around you.
Pick affirmations that are for your immediate needs. For example, if you want to practice self love, say things like: I inhale confidence and exhale doubt, I love myself and make the best decisions for myself or I will allow peace to fill my soul. Play around with it until the affirmation FEELS right to you.
5.) Deep Active Meditation.
If you don't meditate often, use this opportunity to get in tune with your mind and body. Do a body scan to see if there is any tension in a certain spot. When identified, feel into it and allow healing energy to flow in. You can also do a nice massage in that area to assist with releasing it.
Another easy technique you can practice is conscious deep breathing. Inhale slowly through your nose, and take a nice deep belly breath (fill the abdomen with air), then release out your mouth (ahhh). You want to make sure you actually make the sound because your body associates it with being totally relaxed and in response will release chemicals to enhance the affect.
6.) Bathroom Precautions and Clean Up.
Now that you feel like royalty, its time to seal the deal and get settled. If you have flowers in your bath, use a mesh net to get as many peddles out first. You don't want to deal with the pain of having a clogged drain. You can also use a drain catcher, to achieve the same results.
Be careful when getting out the bath. It could be slippery, so make sure you have your bathroom flip flops and towels handy.
7.) Lastly, Don't forget to moisturize and hydrate.
Your body loses water when talking a hot bath so its important to replenish and moisturize the skin. This step will save you from dry and irritated skin, dehydration and dizziness.
These last finishing touches puts the icing on the cake, and ensures your bath time experience is nothing but success! Get ready for the best sleep you've had in a long time.