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Baths for Stress Relief

by BetterSleep
Jul 23 • 4 min read
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Imagine this. You come home from a long day at work or school, and the only thing on your mind is a warm, relaxing bath.

All you can think about is that relaxing, blissful feeling you experience when you finally get in, kick your feet up, pour in some relaxing ingredients like Epsom salts or essential oils, and the worries of your day disappear.

For thousands of years, people have used baths for stress relief. In fact, ancient civilizations such as Rome used baths to unwind and relax.

But, how do baths actually relieve stress? Is there any science that backs up these claims? And, what are the best types of baths you can have that bring you into that state of relaxation?

In today’s article, we’ll break all of this down and share some of the best types of baths you can use to find your bliss. Keep reading to learn more!

How do baths relieve stress?

Other than the actual experiences people have, is there any scientific evidence that proves the calming effects of baths?

They’re said to improve mental and emotional health. There’s evidence that a 30-minute warm bath could help depression. It’s shown to decrease stress hormones and balance serotonin levels. Serotonin is a brain chemical that helps to regulate your mood.

It’s also said that similar to the way the warmth of the sun helps release endorphins, your skin does the same in response to the warm water against your skin. Endorphins can help improve your mood, reduce stress, and even relieve pain.

A warm bath may even relieve the pain and discomfort of stiff muscles, strains, sprains, and even osteoarthritis.

Different types of baths for stress relief

Baths in and of themselves help relieve stress, but there are ways you can make them even more powerful.

There are certain ingredients you can use that may help reduce stress further, and overall, create a more rejuvenating experience.

From using Epsom salt for anxiety to using a bath salt recipe with dead sea salt, there are endless amounts of combinations and recipes to help you relax and unwind.

Some of these ingredients include:

Epsom salts

This is a naturally occurring mineral salt. Some experts believe using Epsom salts can help with stress, depression, and anxiety. They may even help to relax muscles and relieve pain in certain areas of the body.

Essential oils

There’s a large variety of different essential oils to choose from. All with their own unique strengths. Certain oils like eucalyptus may help clear your sinuses, and others like lavender may help promote relaxation.

Dead sea salts

This type of salt comes from the evaporation of seawater, it’s said to help people to relax, ease sore muscles, and even provide relief for certain skin conditions.

Whether you want to have an Epsom salt bath for anxiety or you want to try out some bath salt recipes with essential oils, you’re bound to find a solution that best suits your needs.

Overall, having a relaxing bath can be a great way to end your day and create an unwinding routine before bed. You may benefit from practicing specific mindful techniques and relaxation methods such as meditation or breathing exercises.

BetterSleep can teach you how to relax and unwind with guided meditations and breathing techniques. Create a relaxing sleep routine with BetterSleep today!

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