In a world that demands so much of our time and energy to get things done and nurture the relationships we have with people who are so important to us, it can be downright difficult to prioritize our own wellbeing.
Self-care is essential to maintaining our physical, mental, and emotional health—and the way we choose to take good care of ourselves can be as basic as taking a shower in the morning or as elaborate as spending some serious dough to go on a week-long yoga retreat!
The following self-care bath ritual strikes a nice balance between basic and elaborate—offering you the freedom to tailor it your needs in the best way that works for you.
1. Schedule it.
Whether you can carve out 20 minutes or two full hours of your time for a good soak in the tub, make sure you put it in your calendar so you don’t forget. It might sound silly to schedule your self-care rituals, but believe us when we say you’ll probably find some excuse not to do it if you know you have other things to do!
2. Tidy up your bathroom.
If you want to feel calm and relaxed in the bath, you might want to plan on cleaning up clutter on the vanity countertop, scrubbing away any soap scum, washing your bath towels, and doing any other prep work ahead of time to get your bathroom in good shape. By no means do you need to have a bathroom that looks like it’s straight out of luxury hotel—just do your best to clean any areas that could distract you during your time in the bath.
3. Gather bath time essentials that make you feel good.
Some people like scented candles while others don’t. Some like to read in the bath while some would rather close their eyes and listen to soothing music.
Everyone has different preferences, but here are a few ideas of what you might want to include in your bath ritual:
- Candles or incense
- A waterproof bluetooth speaker to listen to music
- Essential oils (We recommend these scents for their relaxing effects)
- Unscented salts (such as epsom salts or dead sea salts)
- Facial mask
- Exfoliating sponge or brush
- Soap bar
- Pumice stone
- Shower cap
- Hair mask treatment
- Cup of herbal tea
- Bathtub caddy
- A good book to read
- Hand towel
- Massage oil or lotion for afterward
4. Practice yoga in the bath.
If you’re the type of person who has trouble just sitting there in the bath, there are a few bath-friendly restorative yoga poses you can try. Fire log pose (agnistambhasana), bound ankle pose (baddha konasana), half lord the fishes pose (ardha matsyendrasana), seated forward bend (paschimottanasana), and cow face pose (gomukhasana) are just a few that you can do for an enhanced calming effect on the body and mind.
5. Take your time getting out with a mindful self-massage.
Rather than jumping out of the tub to quickly towel off, dress, and get on with your day, try taking at least an extra 5 to 10 minutes at the end of your bath for one last thing—self-massage. Massing your skin with natural oil or lotion can help get you more in touch with your physical body in ways that can help improve body positivity and self-love.