Is taking time for you hard? If it is, we'll show you how to create a relaxing environment for your bath ritual, an easy way to practice self care.
This post was written in partnership with Decoraport to promote their stand alone tubs. All opinions are my own.
As a mom, it's so hard to find “me” time. We're so busy running around and taking care of everyone else, that we often forget to take care of ourselves.
When we finally eek out a little time for self care, we feel guilty. All we can think about is what we should be doing instead of taking time for ourselves.
I'm here to tell you that it's okay to practice self care. In fact, it's critical you care for yourself if you want to be able to fully care for your family too.
It's a really hard mindset to switch to. I've been working on it for a couple of years and I still struggle with it. But every day I realize more and more how important it is to take time for myself.
If you're just putting your toe in the water with creating a self care routine, one really easy thing you can do for yourself is to indulge in a nice, warm, relaxing bath after the kids go to bed or while they're napping.
I know, I know. That's a great time to do dishes or fold the laundry. That can wait. Take a little bit of time for yourself. You'll feel refreshed and renewed and ready to take on the world again.
Now that we have that out of the way, here are some tips for creating a relaxing environment for your bath ritual.
Add Aromatherapy to Your Bath
Aromatherapy can really work wonders for relaxing the mind and body. One option is to use bath bombs, like these homemade lavender bath bombs. Lavender is soothing in every sense of the word.
Another option is to add bath salts. I personally love taking detox baths. It helps to purge toxins from your body – something we all could use more of.
Pick Up a Book
If you have trouble just sitting and relaxing your mind, then try reading a book. Not something that you “need” to read, but something you truly want to read.
Reading something you enjoy can help take your mind off the troubles of the day and help center your focus. When you're practicing self care, try your best to keep your focus on you and off of your to do list.
Create an After Bath Routine
Once you're done soaking in the hot water, you'll want to make sure to nourish your skin. Be sure you have a nice, fluffy towel and/or robe to greet you when you step out of the bath.
You'll also want to make sure you have a great natural lotion or body butter to apply to your skin right away. When it's moist is the best time to apply it.
Take your time getting dressed and re-affirming your gratitude for the time you just took for yourself. Remind yourself that this is a good thing for you and your family.
Get a New Freestanding Bathtub
Every time I watch one of those home remodeling shows, I drool over the big, stand alone tubs.
I saw a meme one time about a woman wishing she had a tub that would cover her legs and breasts at the same time. Oh how I can relate! I always feel squished in our little bathtub.
That doesn't mean I don't enjoy every single moment of it though. Creating a bath routine is such a simple way to practive self care, and it can be done in as little as 20 minutes. Longer if you have more time!
If you want to take your bath ritual to a new level, invest in a new bathtub. That way every time you take a bath, you will know that you did one thing for yourself.
What other ways besides your bath ritual do you practice self care?
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