May 11, 2016
I’m not a fan of cloudy weather – but one thing I am looking forward to with the onset of winter is the opportunity to take baths again. A nice long bath is an easy way to unwind, de-stress and soothe tired muscles – and, as a bit of a bath aficionado, I’ve come up with a few tips as to how you can make bath-time even better. Read on!
1. Get everything ready beforehand
There’s nothing worse than performing the sometimes-awkward art of sliding into a bathtub (it’s never as elegant and seamless as they make it look in the movies, is it?!), then realising you have to slide yourself out again to get something. Make sure you have everything you need by the tub before you get in. So – what do you need for a blissful bath?
2. Get the lighting right
Trying to relax and close your eyes with a bright bathroom light right above you is near-impossible – but you need some light so you can see what you’re doing. When I take a bath, I love to use candles. I usually light one or two large, scented candles (I love Harlow’s Fire Candles), and put them on a shelf near the tub. This way, I can relax and close my eyes if I want to without having to worry about any bright light; and I’m also getting some aromatherapeutic benefit from the burning essential oils.
3. Find yourself a bath shelf/caddy
One of my favourite-ever inventions, the bath caddy allows you to nibble, read a book, or have a glass of wine in the bath – without ever having to reach too far! I like this one from LifeSpace - it even has a fold-down book holder! Perfect.
4. Make sure the bath water is toasty (but not hot!)
I like everything scalding-hot – my food, my coffee, and my showers. And every time I run a bath, I’m tempted to do the same. A hot bath feels good when you first get in; but if the temperature is too high, it becomes uncomfortable after a while (and it’s not good for you). Try to keep the bath water under 37.8 degrees celcius (100 degrees farenheit), to avoid overheating. After all – you want to be able to stay in there long enough to relax & finish at least one book chapter!
5. Minimise interruptions
Tell your kids/partner/housemates that you’re taking a bath, so you don’t get any rude door-knocks while you’re lying there in a deep state of relaxation! There’s nothing more jarring. If you have a safe, dry place to plug in a music source so you can listen to some zen tunes, then do that too.