The Loveliness of Baths

I get it, you may not be a “bath” person. I have friends who hate them, for many reasons, including “you’re bathing in your own filth” and “I’m too tall for a regular tub.” I’m not disagreeing that these are valid points. They may be great reasons for you to hate taking a bath. Showers are also fantastic. But there are some great reasons to take baths…

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  1. Water therapy is great for pain management. Throw some Epsom salts into a medium warm tub and soak for half an hour. It’s a great N.D. recommended cleanse for your body. Epsom salts have a variety of benefits. They ease stress and relax the body, relieve muscle cramps and pain, relieve constipation, and eliminate toxins from the body. Even a hot bath without any Epsom salt can relieve aches and pains.
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2. They are some great psychological benefits too. Taking a bath stops your day, and there have been studies that it reduces pessimism and increases pleasure. They allow you to relax and unwind. You can even use them as an opportunity to practice some mindfulness. Meditate – just don’t fall asleep. Do some deep breathing. Just be still and listen to the world around you. You’ll likely feel calmer and clearer when you get out of the tub.

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3. You get to take some time for yourself. If you jump into the tub for 45 minutes or an hour, that is the amount of time you can be unbothered by the rest of the world. Personally, I like bubbles (or epsom salts), a glass of white wine (or a cup of tea or a glass of lemon water, depending on the day), and a book. Maybe add some candles, or substitute music for the book. Take the time for yourself. It will improve your physical health, your mental healthy, and probably your relationship health (as it gives you and your partner some alone time).

I’ll take a little wine with my bath

Don’t scoff on bathing until you’ve really given it a chance. You just might find what you need in that tub of water.


The Physiological and Psychological Effects of Bathing

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