Women's Health Australia - - BEAUTY & STYLE -

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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