Part of being a grown up means taking on the high stresses of the day and learning how to properly unwind at night. And nothing says self-care like soaking in a hot bath after a long day; scented candles, soothing soaps, a good book, tranquil music and a glass (or two) of wine are just a few of the ways you can enhance your time in the tub.
Taking a bath not only encourages relaxation, but it can also offer impressive wellness benefits, from improved heart and breathing performance and reduced joint and muscle inflammation to improved sleep, increased immunity and stimulated serotonin release.
Here are a few ways you can take your bath to the next level.
Soak in the CBD
The key to a great bath starts before entering the tub. A solid CBD regimen is said to encourage ideal mind-body balance and an overall sense of wellness. A lot of folks associate CBD with comfort and calm, and it’s often chosen to encourage evening relaxation, restful sleep or post-exercise relief. So kickstart your bath time ritual and enjoy a little extra mind and body relief with CBD tinctures or vapes before your bubble-filled steep.
Tip: Try the Bloom Farms CBD Relieve 600 mg CBD Oil Tincture for an ultra-calming night time soak.Tea Time
Tea has been enjoyed for centuries as a method for healing various ailments as well as calming the mind and body. So it’s no wonder brewing a cup of your favorite tea to enjoy in the tub is a great way to quickly invite calm into your bath time. In fact, researchers have found, “drinking tea lowers levels of the stress hormone cortisol.” Evidence also revealed that “drinking half a cup of green tea a day may lower the risk of developing depression and dementia as well.” So fire up your kettle and pour yourself a cup of tea to enjoy while warming up your gams tub-side.
Tip: Try peppermint or chamomile tea to stimulate sleepiness and complement our Dream CBN Tincture or VaporAhhh-romatherapy
Ever wonder why inhaling a certain scent can instantly transport you to a happier place? It’s simple. Aromatherapy works by “stimulating smell receptors in the nose, which then send messages through the nervous system to the limbic system — the part of the brain that controls emotions,” according to Mayo Clinic. So when your brain smells something it likes, it then tells your body to kick back, relax and let go. So when you hit the head for your next bath, try dropping some essential oils into the water or adding your favorite-smelling soaps into the mix.
Tip: Try lavender-scented products to encourage more restful sleep and mind-calming effectsSet the Mood
Even if you aren’t typically a candle person, everyone can appreciate a spa-like experience. Dim lighting will not only help turn your mind off and turn up the leisure in the bathroom, but it will also help to set the mood. Try mildly scented candles near the tub so you don’t overwhelm yourself with too many smells. If you've already added your favorite aromatherapy scents to your bath, light a few scentless candles to set the mood. Be sure that your candles are far from you and any other flammable objects.
Tip: If you’re worried about lighting your bathroom on fire, try flameless light candlesAdd a Bath Pillow
It turns out that hard concrete and cold porcelain may not be the coziest materials to lay on while trying to relax. Luckily many others have thought the very same thing. Try adding a water-friendly pillow to your tub to help your head, neck and upper back to soften.
Tip: Try memory foam pillows for enhanced neck and back comfortMelt into the Music
Similar to the fast-acting, feel-good tips mentioned above, music is a quick way to take you out of a stressful headspace and into a more desirable one. Stanford researchers have found that musical rhythms have a great effect on brain waves and can play a role in how we think and feel. While a wide range of music may help mellow you out, gentle spa music or subdued nature sounds are most likely to really allow your mind to let go.
Tip: Spotify offers hours of spa-inspired playlists to keep your calm in the tub for hours
Born and raised by the beach in Southern California, Valeri Spiwak lives and breathes West Coast culture and its surrounding artistic charm. Valeri, with a Bachelors Degree in Journalism and a Minor in French, continuously seeks to explore the beautiful and obscure and shares her adventures through captivating wordplay, clever writing and skillful copy.