Indulging in a long, hot bath is one of life's little pleasures. Many of us long for those precious minutes to take a break, unwind and escape from the busy world we live in.
The good news is that taking a bath has also shown to deliver some wonderful health benefits for our overall wellbeing. Many studies have found genuine improvements to your health, all thanks to taking a soak regularly. If you are looking for some extra reasons to spend time in the tub, consider these little gems ...
1. Improves Sleep
Everyone knows that quality sleep delivers a myriad of health related benefits, however knowing how to welcome good sleep into your life isn't always as easy as it sounds.
At night our body temperatures naturally drop, which signals the production of melatonin—or the sleeping hormone. Soaking in a warm bath prior to bed will raise your body temperature, and upon exiting will more rapidly cool it down. This instigates the production of melatonin in the body and is believed to help prepare you for sleep.
2. Great for Elevating your Mood
Finding your happy place can have an enduring impact on your ongoing mood throughout the day. When you feel good, you tend to be happier and exert positivity and optimism.
According to psychologist Neil Morris, bathing can diminish feelings of depression and pessimism because "Baths give you ... a wonderful combination of isolation, quiet, and comfort."
The feelings of closeness we receive from being submerged in warm liquid "gives us connotations of being in the womb, and it is very comforting," explains Dr. John Harcup, Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee for the British Spa Foundation. When we feel comfort, we tend to feel at ease and a sense of security that allows us to relax and enjoy our surroundings.
3. Soothe those Aching Muscles
Who doesn't yearn for a long, warm bath after a big run or intense workout? Heat gets your blood moving, so allowing your muscles to enjoy a good, warm soak not only improves circulation, but also helps sore or tight muscles to relax.
Adding some essential oils to your bath can do wonders for the skin. There are so many beautiful products available that combine nourishing oils with pleasing scents to add an extra layer of indulgence to your bath ritual. Keep an eye out for products that include coconut, olive, lavender or oatmeal as they provide properties that help to hydrate and/or heal dry or irritated skin. Our skin is our largest living organ ... care and nurture it!
Convinced that you now need a bath tonight??!!
Next time you feel like you are overindulging, remind yourself that it is actually good for your health! So go and run that bath, add some oils, play some soothing tunes, take a deep breath and ... relax!