by: Isabella Sarlija
When we think of the perfect bath, we often think of a tub overflowing with warm water while oils and rose petals swirl gently around us. Perhaps this serene tub is situated near a shore at sunset or surrounded by wind rustling sounds through pine trees. Regardless, this situation is the ultimate dream for most of us. Our realities either include small tubs in shoebox sized apartments with little natural light coming our way or tubs that we enter biannually. But this should not stop us from working to build our perfect sanctuaries at home. Here are a few ways we transform our tubs into the ideal baths for cleansing the mind and body after a long and tumultuous day.
CLEAR THE NOISE
Clutter causes stress, plain and simple. Remove any excess bottles from the edges of your tub to provide a minimal and clean space. And don’t forget the electronic clutter. Leave your electronics in another room to avoid habitual scrolling or email checking. Consider surrounding your area of Zen with plants, aromatic candles, and soothing playlists instead.
GET YOUR DOSE OF MINERALS
Bath salts are not merely for aesthetic purposes. They can help boost circulation, soothe pain, and decrease stress and insomnia with their aromatic components.
GET YOUR DRINK ON
Whether you enjoy unwinding with a glass of grenache or a cup of lavender tea, consider bringing this drink into the bath. As your body relaxes, your mind will relax, too.
PRACTICE SELF AWARENESS
Many of us go throughout our days with little time to respond to our aches and pains caused by stress. Use this alone time to check in with your body; your imbalanced gut or aching joints will tell you when they need help, so use this time to check in with yourself and pinpoint the aggravated areas.