During my CBT sessions we talked about self care and how I should do one nice thing for myself once a week. Or more if I could manage it… Sometimes a bad mental health day makes my motivation very difficult, so she took that into consideration. I chose a long relaxing bath and find it helps me unwind, distress and feel better about the day and about myself.
Of course a bath isn’t the only form of self care you can try but it’s something I enjoy and find them very relaxing. Especially in the Autumn and Winter months when it’s typically colder.
Setting the mood
Light some candles and place them in a safe place away from things that may catch fire, such as blinds. My favourites for bath time are lavender or vanilla for a calming atmosphere.
Make yourself a drink to keep yourself hydrated and set this down near the bath or use a caddy. I love a mug of soya hot chocolate this time of year. 😍☕ Next grab some reading material, a book or a magazine and put your electronics to oneside.
Prepare your bath
To feel relaxed in the tub, you want the water to be warm enough to soak in for at least half an hour without it getting too cold, but not so hot that it’s uncomfortable!
The best way to check the temperature is with your wrist rather than hand, as it gives a better indication of how comfortable the temperature will be once you get in.
When filling the tub, I like to get in when it’s filled about halfway. That way you can feel the temperature and adjust it to suit you. 😊 Also remember not to over fill as the water level will increase once your in it.
I like to use bath bombs, bath melts or bath salts in my baths. Or a large amount of bubble bath. 😉
I find the soothing aromas and the swirling colours of bath bombs theraputic to watch and who doesn’t love bubbles!?
Think about after your bath
If you have a tumble dryer consider popping your towel or robe in their for a few minutes to warm up – I used to do this but now I use our radiator. There’s nothing better than a warm fluffy towel and bath robe on standby.
Mines a penguin! 🐧🐧🐧
Once I’m in the bath I like to pop on a calming play list, lean my head back with my eyes closed and just relax. Sometimes I’ll apply a face mask as well.
It just feels really tranquil and I get out feeling very freshed.
Worried about your phone or tablet getting wet? Why not try a waterproof Bluetooth speaker, like this snail shaped one.
When you’re finished relaxing wash yourself with a cotton flannel or a loofa. If you need to rinse your hair, lay back and massage your scalp until you feel like all the soap is out. Or, use the shower head.
Dry off and Relax
When you’re finished, pat yourself dry with a towel – avoid rubbing as this can damage your skin. Apply a moisturiser or body lotion and pop on your pyjamas.
After this you could read some more of your book, watch an episode of your favourite show (I’m rewatching Only Fools and Horses at the moment) or curl up in bed and get an early nights sleep. You can read more ideas here.
What is your favourite way to relax? Do you enjoy baths? What is your routine like? Let me know in the comments. 😊