Day 9 – Take a candle-lit bath

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Nothing is more relaxing than ending your day with a longwinded candle-lit bath. Most of the time, I wouldn’t make the effort for myself. Whether it be because I am glued to my computer or tele, too time-poor or too tired I very rarely even tempt myself with the idea of having a bath, but tonight I have decided to end my day with a little ME time.

In our fast-paced world, it is sometimes easy to forget to take care of ourselves, and a simple bath can remind us to relax and be mindful each day. Here’s an excerpt from an article published in The Telegraph which demonstrates the positive benefits of treating yourself to a bath:

“It may be only a small feature of the home, an item that we take for granted, but the bath tub can wash away a host of emotional and physical ailments.

Of course, in this hectic age, where we often choose the quicker option of taking a shower, it can be difficult to find the time to have a daily bath. But Neil Morris, a psychologist at the University of Wolverhampton, claims that this is exactly why we need to bath more often.

Morris, who recently studied 80 people who took a bath every day for a fortnight, says: “I found that bathing improved general psychological wellness radically. There was a significant drop in feelings of pessimism about the future and increases in hedonic tone, the internal feeling of pleasurability. And I believe that the results could be even more impressive over a longer period of time. Baths give you the chance to stop the day for a few minutes, in a way that showers can’t. There is a wonderful combination of isolation, quiet and comfort.”

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