Writing a blog post takes a lot of time and effort, so if I’m dedicating a whole (OK, mini) post to bubble baths, you better believe it’s because I strongly feel you need to make them a regular part of your self-care routine, starting – um, well, right now.
I have at (the very) least one soak in the tub a week, and it’s a special type of spiritual, yet self-indulgent, relaxing, yet exhilarating bliss – every time.
Humans have been immersing themselves in water since FOREVER.
Water is cleansing, purifying and, well, one of the most amazing things we’ve been blessed with in this life.
And lying in a tub full of it, steaming and glistening and smelling like heaven, is an amazing way to reset your energy and get back into a positive frame of mind after a stressful day.
If you have the luxury of a bathtub in your home, I am begging you to use it.
Taking that time to yourself is essential – I spoke about why here.
But baths can also be very spiritually healing, as you surrender your body and your aura to the water, allowing it to cleanse you of any negative energy you may have come into contact with.
Plus, you get some quiet time, putting you in the perfect state of mind to set some new intentions – when you emerge feeling like a brand new, super-zen and totally refreshed human being, that is.
The recipe for a perfect bubble bath
Tea Candles – I can NOT have a bath without my little white candles. They just add to the ambience and make it extra relaxing and pretty.
Crystals – I love healing crystals. (I bought one of my favourites, a beautiful Citrine crystal from this Etsy shop.) There’s something about them that is so calming. Just having them there brings positive energy to my bath and the water (I don’t actually put them in as I don’t like them to come into contact with chemicals (the bubbles)).
Salts – Adding Epsom or Himalayan salt to your bath will draw out toxins from your body and help to relieve sore muscles, so these are a must. Salts are also great for absorbing energy, they will help to remove any negativity around you.
Coconut oil – This is optional, but I like to add a teaspoon of this Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil to my bath – hot water can dry out your skin – but just a teaspoon of this amazing stuff is enough to leave your whole body soft and smooth when you get out.
Essential oils – Ever since I discovered essential oils I’ve not been able to have a bath without them. Not only do they amp up the relaxation factor tenfold, but they make the bath smell soooo good. Add 2 or 3 drops to your bath water and enjoy the bliss! I either go for a relaxing or uplifting blend from this set depending on whether it’s an evening or daytime bath (Yes, I love a daytime bath too – anyone else?).
Entertainment – This bath is to help you release and unwind, and I always spend the first 10 minutes just laying and thinking about how amazing I feel and how I never want to get out. Then I need some entertainment. Some relaxing music is always nice, but I personally recommend an inspiring audiobook or a really good physical book (my usual choice). Bath time is always a good time to get some extra inspiration and positive energy in. With nothing else to distract you, you’ll be able to take the information in so much better.
My latest bath time reads:
The Astonishing Power of Emotions – Esther and Jerry Hicks
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
The Book of Joy – Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
No Phone – One rule of bath time is that no phones are allowed in the bathroom during bath time (unless you’re playing music from it – I will allow that but you have to put your playlist on shuffle and the phone needs to be out of reach so you can’t use it, also – turn of notification sounds so you don’t get tempted). This is your time to yourself – the world can wait.
The bath needs your full and undivided attention.
And what better excuse is there to disconnect? Plus, I never fully enjoy using my phone in the bath as I’m always extra-panicky that I’ll drop it in.
Recommended post-bath activities
Shower – I like to have a super quick (like 5 minutes) scrub and rinse in the shower just before I step out – just to be sure I’m cleansed from any negative energy and also just to remove the excess oil I’ve been soaking in from the surface of my skin.
Meditation – You’ll now be in the perfect frame of mind to meditate. You’ll be so relaxed that the hardest part (getting there) is already done. Now you can just breathe.
Set intentions – Make the most of your new blissful and happy mindset. Now is a great time to review any intentions you’ve set, fill out your gratitude journal, do some visualisation if you like or say some prayers.
More pampering – Why not? Have a face mask, DIY pedi, paint your nails – continue to lavish self-love on yourself and do everything possible to feel amazing. You deserve it!
Sleeeeeep – It will be so easy to fall asleep, and it will be such an amazing sleep. I promise.
Happy bath time!
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