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Can taking a bath relieve stress?

January 29, 2020

It is hard not to be stressed out in today's society. Instant and continuous access to people and information are great, but sometimes can be overwhelming and cause unwanted stress. In order to balance the stress in our lives, we all need to take some time each to relax. Relaxation is good for the mind, body and spirit.

The same way we need to give importance to a balanced diet, we have to balance out stress with relaxation. While our bodies are designed to respond to stress, this can affect our health without relaxation as a counter balance.

Stressed Women who need to step back and breathe. Self-care is important.

What does stress do to our bodies?

It causes increased heart rate, blood pressure, and heavy breathing. It can affect digestion, cause headache, strain chest muscles. Not forgetting that it can attribute to heart disease and lead to high blood pressure. Just reading such a long list of problems stresses us out! I'm sure you're shocked as well. Being stressed out is just as dangerous as being obese. If you find you have physical symptoms due to being stressed several times a day, go on a "stress diet" by incorporating relaxation techniques into your lifestyle.

What do do if we do feel stressed?

When you are feeling stressed out all you need to do is incorporate a relaxing activity or some self-care practices into your daily routine. For instance, take a long relaxing bath or practise meditation as soon as you wake up.

Most people opt for showers because they can help you save a lot of time. While no one will argue with this fact, there are times when we actually need a bath. Not so much for getting cleaned up but for relaxing and unwinding.

When you have had a very long day, when fate seemed to have something against you, throwing all sorts of challenges and negative energy bombs your way, trying to see if you can actually trip and fall, a bath will save the day. When you have a sore back from all those hours sitting stiffly in front of the computer, when you simply need to get away from everything and enjoy a few moments with yourself or relax without having to leave your house, a bath is the solution you’ve been looking for. And, during the cold season when you just want to wrap yourself up in a blanket, enjoying a bath at the end of the day can be the best way to get all warm and fuzzy before going to bed, ensuring a good night sleep.

Having a stressful day? Fix it with a bubble bath.

Taking a bath is the ultimate ME time activity

So yes, baths will take a bit more of your time, but in the end, you will feel extremely happy you made such a choice. The truth is that you can easily enjoy a spa-like experience in your own bathroom. Thus, equip your bathroom with some nice candles, perfumed or not and turn on some ambient music. Throw in some bath bombs, attach your bathtub pillow, set up your bath tray, slip in your favourite glass of wine and enjoy a blissful bubble bath. Trust us, a bath will relax you, spoil you, reduce stress, and induce a positive state of mind.

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