Ah yes, a Hot Bath. One of the most cliché relaxation techniques known to human kind. How many movies have you watched where a woman with great collar bones slinks into a hot steamy tub? Sometimes she may even sip champagne or light candles. Then she closes her eyes and goes “aaaahhhh”. And we think “I need that” but do we ever do that? NO.
So I took it upon myself to see how ahh-inspiring a hot bath really is! And I went one step further. In the aisles of Target I was intrigued by a giant bag of Epsom Salt. What is Epsom salt? I don’t really know. But it promises to soothes aches and pains, and help me sleep- so I’m down! Plus, this whole bag was only 4 dollars!!! WHAT A DEAL.
Now I can officially say from experience that taking a relaxing bath is not as simple as it may seem. I discovered there’s a learning curve when it comes to getting the benefits of a bath, so I’ve complied my lists of Dos and Don’ts so that you won’t make the same rookie mistakes I did.
- DO set time aside for your bath. The last thing you want is to feel rushed when you should feel relaxed.
- DON’T make the water too hot. As per usual I tried to be an overachiever and made my hot bath a temperature comparable to molten lava. OW. I had to drain half the tub and pump in some cold water. It created a bunch of extra steps for me to do while I was cold and naked. Not exactly relaxing…
- DO bring some fun tub time accessories. Like these Exfoliating Gloves! Another cheap purchase from Target! No reason your relaxation time can’t be productive…they left my skin feeling silky smooth.
- DON’T forget to bring some drinking water. I didn’t think of this, which was exceptionally careless because I was taking a HOT SALT BATH. Dehydration Central! By the end of my bath I felt like SpongeBob when he visits Sandy for the first time and doesn’t realize she lives in an Air Dome. These are the things they don’t tell you in movies. Why are they always drinking alcohol in the bath tub? Girl, get yourself a Gatorade!
- DO Make a playlist. Some people love silence, and that’s just as valid but whatever you do…
- DON’T simply put your music on shuffle. MAKE THE PLAYLIST. Otherwise one moment you’ll be sinking into the steam to the soothing voices of Celtic Women, and then the next moment Blink 182 will pop up to scream some anarchy in your ears!! Then you’ll feverishly try to skip to the next song BUT YOUR HANDS ARE ALL WET BECAUSE YOU ARE TAKING A FREAKING BATH AND YOU ALSO MIGHT DROP YOUR PHONE IN THE TUB AND AND AND trust me. Make a playlist.
- DO Bring a face mask! Much like the scrubbing gloves, a face mask greatly added to my bath time experience. I bought a lavender mask to go with the Epsom Salt. And you can save some money and buy the mask in a 1 dollar 1 use packet, as opposed to buying a bottle which can get quite expensive. It smelled delightful, and encouraged those calming vibes that the Blink 182 fiasco had previously interrupted.
When I reached my peak relaxation point I decided tub time was over. The Epsom Salt did its job as promised, and I was ready for a good night’s sleep filled with sweet lavender induced dreams. There were some bumps along the way…but that only encouraged me to keep up with my practice! Everyone deserves a hot bath after a stressful day, and it really does force you to shut out other stressors since you can’t be browsing on your phone, or talking to stress inducing people while you’re soaking.