Imagine yourself on vacation, relaxing anywhere in the world. Are you near a body of water? According to scientific studies, humans are naturally drawn to water – oceans, lakes, waterfalls, swimming pools, etc. – due to its positive cognitive and physical effects.
It’s been proven that contact with water, or even being near it, produces a meditative state that makes us happier and healthier.
Water has long been associated with spiritual symbolism and used for medicinal and therapeutic qualities. The Ancient Egyptians hoped to cure ailments through bathing rituals. Similarly, the Ancient Greeks used water as a healing agent.
People in the Old Testament soaked in mineral waters for physical healing purposes. Although these societies likely didn’t know it at the time, water produces negative ions which flow oxygen to the brain, creating biochemical reactions that boost our energy and reduce stress.
So, how can you take advantage of these positive effects if you don’t live near a body of water or don’t have a vacation on the calendar? Head to your bathtub.
Being in a bath takes the pressure off of our bodies, and when you include additives that activate all of the senses, it’s even more beneficial. This is particularly helpful if you work on a computer all day or experience any kind of joint pain.
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Few Ways to Relieve Stress with Bathtub Meditation.
- Create a routine around your bath time. If you like to have a cup of tea with your bath, use the same mug every time. When you grab the mug and begin boiling water, this will trigger your brain to recognize “this is what we’re doing” and it will start to relax and settle in.
- Set an ambiance by dimming the lights or using candles. Soft illumination helps to calm the body. Go a step further and use scented candles with a smell that appeals to you, perhaps triggering your memory to think of a happy time.
- Put on a face mask. Might as well do double duty and freshen your skin while you’re in the bath. There are so many great mask options these days, find your favorite or even make a homemade one.
- Drop in various additives such as Epsom salt or Arnica to help relax muscles and loosen stiff joints, essential oils to stimulate your sense of smell, or rose petal bath bombs to create a luxurious feel.
- Depending on the purpose of the bath, you can listen to healing music with binaural beats. Hypnotherapy or guided meditation can take you into a deeper relaxation. Or if you’d like to remain more engaged, listen to your favorite podcast or audiobook.
- Focus on all of the sensations. Feel the warmth of the water and any pain being eased; appreciate the taste as you sip on your tea; breathe deeply and inhale the scents you’re using.
Remember that this bath is for you – clear your head, relax, and appreciate that you have taken the time for self-care.
About The Author:
Kimberly Lackey is the founder of EMPATH Coaching. EMPATH is an approach to guiding others to stay on or get back to their right path, while building a life they love mentally, physically, and spiritually.