Due to the constant stress and the immense pressure that we experience in our effort to keep up with our busy schedules and uphold our personal and professional responsibilities, we often find ourselves feeling mentally, physically, and emotionally drained. While a spa visit can be the most obvious remedy for that, it’s, unfortunately, a luxury that many of us cannot afford.
Luckily, you can have a similar relaxing experience, right from the comfort of your home, without spending a fortune. It’s no secret that a warm bath provides restorative benefits that can relaxed tensed nerves and relieves aching muscles and, with the right essentials, your bath time can be as luxurious as an expensive spa visit.
Here’s what you can do to turn your tub into your own private oasis.
Clean your tub
It’s difficult to relax and unwind when you’re lying in a dirty tub, so before you run your bath, take a few minutes to clean your tub. This is particularly important if you haven’t used your bathtub in a while because, with the infrequent use, gunk and dirt can accumulate and block your drain and pipes. If your tub is relatively clean, a quick scrub with baking soda and vinegar should do the trick. However, if it’s been a while since your last deep clean, your tub will need more than just a standard scrub. In that case, opt for a stronger, store-bought cleaner and scrub vigorously until your bathtub becomes squeaky clean.
Hot tubs, on the other hand, require different cleaning methods. There’s a lot that goes into maintaining and cleaning a hot tub, but one of the most important tips for keeping up on your hot tub is to always keep it covered, especially if it’s outdoors. However, if your hot tub remained uncovered for some time, be sure to remove any dirt, debris, or leaves that may have fallen into it before using it. Additionally, you should also make sure that your filters are clean; otherwise, you might as well be soaked in hot, dirty water.
Get a bath tray
The last thing you want is to hop out of a warm and soothing bath to grab that book that you were planning to read and you’re definitely better off not placing your glass of wine along the edge of the tub; this is where a bath tray can come in handy. With a bath tray, you can keep your drink, book, magazine, and even your water-proof speakers close by. This way, everything that you might need for a relaxing bath experience will be readily available at your fingertips.
Create the perfect ambiance
The first thing you notice when you enter a spa is most probably the incredibly relaxing atmosphere. Fortunately, recreating that soothing ambience is much easier than you’d think; all you need to do is place a few lit candles around the bathroom, grab your comfort beverage of choice, and play some soft music in the background. A few potted plants, even artificial ones, will also go a long way in making your bathroom feel cozier and inviting. Lastly, if your bathroom lights are on a dimmer switch, turn them down for a softer, more relaxing ambiance.
Choose the right bathwater temperature
The temperature of the water plays a major role in determining whether or not a bath will be relaxing. The right water temperature may vary according to each individual’s personal preference, but ideally, you’ll want the temperature to be somewhere between 32°C and 40°C before you get in the tub. If the water is cooler than 32°C, your relaxation time will be cut short and if your bathwater is hotter than 40°C, then you might actually start sweating while you’re in the tub. Generally, your bathwater should feel warm but not uncomfortably hot by the time you get in.
Add a few drops of essential oil or a dash of bath salts
For the ultimate, spa-like bath experience, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil or a dash of scented bath salts to your tub when it’s halfway full. Lavender, rose, and eucalyptus-scented bath products are generally the most relaxing, but you can go with any scented product you prefer.
So there you have it. With our tips and tricks, you can have a luxurious, spa-worthy bath experience any time you want right from the comfort of your own home. Now that you know that bliss and tranquility are just a bath away, we hope that you consider making bath time a part of your regular self-care routine. After all, everyone can use a little ‘me time’ every now and then.