Living in New York, I often make the joke that anyone that lives here needs therapy. The constant bustle (that I love), competition, life, and general anxieties- they all add up! Anxiety tends to be heightened here just like everything else, and I guess with being one of the most famous cities in the world there comes a pressure to live up to how you should be making the most of it when living here. I often turn to CBD to help calm me down when I’m feeling particularly stressed out by it all. I use high quality products so I don’t have to worry about any risks; I just enjoy the peace of mind it gives me every once in a while. This has got me thinking about the self care tips that I use all the time and throwing a next level bath might just be the self care you need to try.
Browsing through Pintrest ages ago, I stumbled upon drawn baths with different ingredients to remedy an anxious mind. I am definitely someone with sore muscles and an anxious mind more often than I’d like. Having a wedding in two months definitely adds to that. 🙂
Common additions to a drawn bath include:
- Epsom salt (almost ubiquitous with bath time in the beauty industry now)
- Baking Soda (I’ve been reading this is great for PH balance..I’m not entirely sure but my skin is always extra soft with a cup or a half a cup added)
- Rose Petals (pretty and always give a subtle scent- don’t buy new stems!! Use leftover petals from dead flowers around the house)
- Essential oils: my favourites include lavender, grapefruit and mint. 10 drops should do it! I’ve also heard about people using a few drops of CBD oil in their bath water to give their ‘me time’ an extra dose of tranquillity. CBD is an anti-inflammatory and is often used to soften sore skin and reduce redness. If you’re tempted to give CBD oil a go, check out these handy reviews – cbd oil review uk.
- Oatmeal (I usually just use this for very dry skin-or in the case of my fianc who accidentally sprayed a product he’s allergic to- for hives)
- Fresh herbs (I love rosemary, and mint in my baths!
You’re probably wondering what you should do once you draw the bath. Well, I usually marinate for at least ten to fifteen minutes. It does wonders if you have been having a hard time getting to sleep, and does more than you can imagine to quiet racing thoughts. You might even want to do an at-home teeth whitening regime like oil pulling while you wait. A friend of mine has recently had her teeth whitened by a Dentist in New York so she is currently oil pulling as a way of prolonging the whiteness of her smile for as long as she can. Her teeth do look fabulous and white so something must be working. I don’t really believe in measuring to an exact science for baths. I actually don’t buy anything except epsom salts specially for my baths. I normally just save bits and bobs of citrus, ends of ginger, small bits of fresh herbs, and save dead rose petals for just this occasion! A bath can do wonders to people of all ages, even my friend gets her young kids to have a bath a couple of times a week rather than a shower in order to help them settle down before bed. Although, she does have to play the bath song first to get them in the mood!
Bonus tip: hate having to clean up the tub but you still love a good soak? Take a stocking and cut the “foot” off, leave extra room. Add all your ingredients into the “bath sock” and tie. Toss into the running hot water and vola! Mess free and quick bathing. And for the love of all that is good, use a bath sock for oatmeal baths!!!
Other great additions for a magical bathing experience: favourite candle, Netflix, a glass of Prosecco, strawberries, and a soft fluffy towel.
Whatever you decide to do for your own self care, it’s extremely important to take time out of your day to clear your mind and heal your body. I simply suggest this because it’s easy to toss together saved bits from the week, and totally decompress for twenty or so minutes. I always feel like a brand new person once I emerge. <3 xx, Belle