What is warm, steamy and full body? January 8th is Bubble Bath Day!

By Diane Ruyack

Bubble baths don’t have to be just for kids!  They are the perfect way to put an end to a stressful week and unwind. There are many benefits associated with bubble baths. The warm water and steam will open up your pores, cleanse your skin, and loosen up tight muscles so that you can fully relax.

With our busy lives, stress reduction is a must these days:

Avoid unnecessary stress  Learn how to say “no”Know your limits and stick to them.

Avoid people who stress you out – If someone consistently causes stress in your life you may want to limit the amount of time you spend with that person.

Take control of your environment – If the news makes you anxious, turn the TVor radio off. If traffic’s got you tense, take a longer but less-traveled route.

Reduce your to-do list – Check your schedule, responsibilities, and daily tasks. If you’ve got too much on your plate, distinguish between the “shoulds” and the “musts.”

Accept the things you can’t change- Don’t try to control the uncontrollable. Many things in life are beyond our control— particularly the behavior of other people. When facing major challenges, try to look at them as opportunities for personal growth.  Look on the upside.

Healthy ways to relax and recharge and make some fun while you are at it:

  • Go for a walk
  • Spend time in nature
  • Call a good friend
  • Sweat out tension with a good workout
  • Write in your journal
  • Take a long bath
  • Light scented candles
  • Savor a warm cup of coffee or tea
  • Play with a pet
  • Work in your garden
  • Get a massage
  • Curl up with a good book
  • Listen to music
  • Watch a comedy

Adopt a healthy lifestyle

  • Exercise regularly. Physical activity plays a key role in reducing and preventing the effects of stress. Make time for at least 30 minutes of exercise, three times per week.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Well-nourished bodies are better prepared to cope with stress, so be mindful of what you eat. Start your day right with breakfast cereal and milk.
  • Reduce caffeine and sugar. By reducing the amount of coffee, soft drinks, chocolate, and sugar snacks in your diet, you’ll feel more relaxed and you’ll sleep better.
  • Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs. Don’t avoid the issue at hand; deal with problems head on and with a clear mind.
  • Get enough sleep. Adequate sleep fuels your mind, as well as your body. Feeling tired will increase your stress because it may cause you to think irrationally.

Celebrate Bubble Bath Day with a super relaxing bubble bath. To create a calming, relaxing atmosphere that makes you feel like you’re at the spa, add a little background music which an effective stress reducer. Students who listened to a well-known gentle classical piece of music during a stressful task had reduced feelings of anxiety, heart rate, and blood pressure. You may wish to light some scented candles, and roll up a towel to put under your neck. The smell of lavender has long been associated with a calming effect, so look for bubble bath salts with lavender. Enjoy it — you deserve it!

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