Gloucestercitynews.net(January 12, 2020)—Whether we like it or not, stress and anxiety are here to stay. Although modern times cannot eradicate their ever-presence, there is a way to manage them.
Taking a hot bath is an easy way to achieve relaxation. Ancient cultures believed in the healing powers of water, and you can replicate their ideas easily by having a hot bath. Freestanding baths are excellent options that make your warm bath comfortable. So fill your tub with warm water, bubble bath, and essential oils, and you're set to go.
Most headaches happen when nerves, blood vessels, and certain muscles swell, tighten, and experience an increase in pressure from the surrounding nerves. Heat can soothe pressure points and relieve pain. Taking a warm bath is an excellent way to use the properties of heat for relief.
Therapeutic and calming
Soaking in a hot tub helps your body and mind rest. It enables you to quieten your thoughts and experience the moment. This moment can help you see a clearer picture of the things that are going well in your life, which is dimmed by the amount of stress your daily activities give you. Then gratitude takes the place of your worries and finally, a moment of Zen. Repeat the process as often as needed.
Helps blood circulation
As you rest your tensed muscles and tensioned mind during a hot bath, your breathing changes. Your tendency to breathe deeper and slower during a relaxing activity like hot bathing has a positive effect on your blood flow.
Warm water opens up skin pores. Just before you end your hot bath, gently exfoliate your clean skin in small circular motions. Follow it up with cold water to seal your clear pores. To prevent your skin from drying after a hot bath, it helps to moisturise after each bath.
Helps decrease blood pressure
Many people believe that a routine hot bath is effective in reducing blood pressure. For one, constant relaxation drives away stress and the harmful effects it has on our health. Second, a study in 2016 revealed that passive heating releases levels of nitric oxide which dilates blood vessels and reduces blood pressure. Nitrix oxide, a molecule naturally produced by your body, is essential in relaxing the inner muscles of blood vessels for improved blood circulation.
Prelude to a sound sleep
A warm bath increases your body temperature while relaxing tensed muscles along the way. Having an uninterrupted time during your bath is akin to meditating. It calms you, gives you peace of mind, relaxes your worries, and makes you feel safe. It replaces chaos with tranquillity, and before you know it, slumber is a matter of seconds away. Don't forget to hit the bed!
A warm bath has been a long-standing practice for a good reason. It serves as an elixir that brings tranquillity to your present and alleviates your anxiety of the past and future. The pros of immersing yourself in hot water make it a good investment of your time; and bathtubs, a worthwhile investment of your money.