Christmas is exactly one week away. Hopefully that statement doesn’t strike fear into your dear hearts because, do we know, there’s so much to be done and December 25th is a hard deadline. While other shops are throwing last-minute specials and the like into your mailboxes, we here at SeaLuxe would like you to take a break from consumerism panic and treat yourselves to one of the small pleasures of life.
That is, take a hot bath.
It’s one of those things we don’t do nearly often enough, take an hour to ourselves. But it’s important especially at this time of the year to take a break from the running around and family-related obligations. Might we point out that taking time for yourself is incredibly healing (and energizing – you’ll feel better about running around and those obligations!)
If you need further convincing, here are just some of the reasons why you should consider drawing yourself a hot bath.
Baths Make You Feel Better
Bathing brings on feelings of comfort and easiness which allows your mind, and then your body, to relax. Neil Morris, a psychologist at the University of Wolverhampton, told The Telegraph about his findings after studying the effects of hot baths. “I found that bathing improved general psychological wellness radically,” he said. “There was a significant drop in feelings of pessimism about the future and increases hedonic tone, the internal feeling of pleasurability.”
Not only that, but Morris believes, after he compiled the results of his 80 subjects, that the results could be even more impressive over a longer period of time.
“Baths give you the chance to stop the day for a few minutes, in a way that showers can’t. There is a wonderful combination of isolation, quiet and comfort.”
Your Heart Likes Baths
By using heat to induce better blood flow and circulation, you are, in effect, giving your body a mini-workout. Some say that taking a hot bath can burn as many calories as walking. The same theory is likely behind those silver sweat suits people wore in the 1970s! Taking a regular warm to hot bath can help reduce blood pressure which can possibly reduce the risk of stroke.
Your Skin Likes Baths
Super hot baths aren’t great for your skin (an idea to stay away from if you suffer from eczema) but a warm bath with sea salt and essential oils can work miracles for your skin. Try our Eucalyptus Bath Salts for a detoxifying and therapeutic bath or one of our teas which are all made with Himalayan salt.
In addition to relieving muscle pain, hot baths can also help you sleep better. The theory behind this: our body temperatures drop at night which signals the production of melatonin. Soaking in a hot bath raises our body temperatures and as soon as we step out, the temperature drops which kicks melatonin production into gear.