We all need to relax and de-stress at some point. But not all of us have the time–or the disposable income–to drop everything for a weekend holiday. Luckily for us, it’s easy to create our very own oasis of relaxation right in our own homes–in the bathtub.
Here are seven things you can take into your bathtub that can transform an ordinary bath into a five-star holiday–even for just a few hours.
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7 Easy Ways to Make a Beautiful Bathtub Like Spa
There’s something about candlelight that just makes everything you do by it relaxing and special. It could be that candlelight is softer, more natural and more flattering than the bright white illumination found in most bathrooms. And there’s nothing like a few rows of scented candles along the rim of your tub, on shelves or countertops in your bathroom to make you feel like you’ve been whisked off to a five-star hotel.
Turn on your favorite soothing and relaxing music while taking a bath, and you’ll get into the mood to relax in no time. Music is incredibly effective at changing our moods–so if you’ve had a particularly taxing day, some relaxing music and a long, hot bath could be just what you need to get rid of all that stress.
When was the last time you poured some scented bubble bath into your tub and relaxed under a mound of frothy bubbles? Those piles of bubbles were fun when we were young–and they can also be a fun way to relax and de-stress now. Bubbles smell nice and make us feel pampered. In a bubble bath, you’ll feel like your worries are a hundred miles away.
Putting a few drops of aromatherapy oil into your bath is a great way to take your mind off your worries. Research suggests that smell is a powerful mental stimulant. The right smells can promote powerful emotions and memories, or even change our state of mind.
Some oils are specially designed to promote relaxation. Look for combinations of lavender, almond oil, and chamomile. Some aromatherapists will also tell you that the effects of different scents can vary by individual–so don’t be afraid to try out different blends and see what works best for you.
A lock on the door
No matter where we go in the house to get a little relaxation, distractions tend to want to follow us. If you really want to relax and de-stress, make sure your family knows that your bath time is your time–and to leave you alone while you’re in the tub.
Have them hold your calls, and wait until you’re out of the tub to talk. Once they get used to respecting your relaxation time and understand that this time makes you happy and puts you in a good mood to spend quality time with them, they should be glad to comply.
A glass of wine
What’s more relaxing than a long, hot bath–except for a glass of your favorite vintage? Why not have both at once? A nice glass of wine in a hot bath is a grown-up and elegant way to take care of yourself after a long day.
A good book
If you’ve never read a book in the tub, you’re missing out on a treat. There’s nothing like being absorbed in an interesting book–especially while you soak in a steaming bath. You’ll feel like you’re far away from ordinary life–and you’re likely to stay in long enough to get wrinkly toes!
Or your boyfriend or girlfriend. The bathtub isn’t just a great place to relax–it’s also a perfect spot for romance. When it comes to bathtub romance, you’re limited only by the size of your tub and your own imagination. You can also spice up your bath time with Elm and Rye Libido Gummies
Many baths are large enough to fit two people–and we’re sure that given a full tub, some romantic candlelight, and some sexy massage oils, you’ll be able to come up with more than a few ways to feel like you’re on holiday.
Your bathtub is a great place to make yourself feel pampered. All of these tips will turn a regular bath into a real spa experience–and for really stressful days, try all at once! If you’re frequently stressed after a day of work, take a 45-minute holiday in your bathtub–and you’ll feel better in no time.