TAKE THE PLUNGE
Baths are a major time commitment. But what you lose in minutes, you gain in calm. A 2016 study in journal Health & Place
found that simply being near water lowered stress levels. If you want to ramp that effect up a notch, use the tub as a shortcut to meditation.
“The benefits of yoga and meditation are endless,” says Clarkson. “Setting aside time in your day to be in the moment and truly tap into your inner thoughts allows for clarity and an inner calmness that is incredibly beneficial for our emotional health,” she adds.
All it takes is a few minutes of simple meditative and intentional breathing: inhale deeply, drawing the belly in, then exhale slowly, letting the belly get softer. Repeat.
“By bringing your attention to your body and your breath, you calm your mind and relieve any physical and mental tension,” says Clarkson.
Try to make bathtime a tech-free, book-free, sound-free experience to calm the senses and prepare for inner peace.
And keep the temperature warm, never hot, advises Russak. This is especially important if you’re prone to skin irritations such as eczema.
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