September 12th is officially Mindfulness Day. And as it’s an “official” day this is a great excuse to put off those tasks you’ve been meaning to do, kick back and take it easy.
With families, friends and the busy lives we all lead, there is the tendency to put ourselves last in our own list of priorities. Mindfulness Day gives you a fantastic opportunity to think about you and your own well-being.
Your bathroom is the ultimate place in which to meditate. It should be a haven of peace, quiet and total relaxation. Somewhere you can shut out the world, de-stress and simply let the worries of everyday life wash over you.
So here are 4 great ways to relax and let off steam in your bathroom:
Extend your shower time
Getting up in the morning can often be real struggle, but as it’s Mindfulness Day, why not make your wake up routine a little more enjoyable? Take a shower but give yourself an extra 10 minutes to really focus on your cleansing ritual. Use plenty of shower gel (Imperial Leather Foamburst is my favourite), shampoo and conditioner. To heighten your mood, why not play some relaxing chill out music?
Make sure you’ve got one or even two big, fluffy towels at the ready and a dressing gown to lounge around in for a while. After all, you don’t need to get dressed immediately do you?
Be generous with grooming
This tip may differ for men and women, but the basic principle is the same: When we’re happy about the way we look, we feel more relaxed. If you’ve got long-forgotten lotions and potions lurking at the back of the bathroom cabinet – now is the time to get them out and use them. That exfoliation gift set your Aunty Nora bought you for Christmas could come in handy!
Ladies – It’s all about the hair! Give yourself plenty of extra time to blow dry, curl, straighten or whatever it is you do to get your do looking fabulous.
Men – Treat yourself to a wet shave with a fresh razor. Use some hydrating lotion on your skin and spray on your favourite eau de cologne.
Take time to consider the sights, sounds, smells and sensations of your bath, in a way you never have before
A soothing bath before bed
A very obvious way to relax in the bathroom is to run yourself a nice bath full of bubbles. It’s best to do this an hour or so before bedtime to help ease you into a nice deep sleep.
Remember, your bath should be warm, not hot. Don’t be tempted by caffeine and alcohol – they won’t help you relax at this time of the evening. Instead, a nice mug of cocoa or milk will put you in the right mood.
Make sure your electronic devices are left outside the confines of the bathroom and don’t bring any books. This is total relaxation time. It’s not often that we get to relax in total silence, and it can be incredibly therapeutic, helping you to clear your mind of worry and think creatively.
Declutter your life
Relaxation and mindfulness isn’t always achieved by doing nothing. Often, people can find that an activity can really help to combat stress and unwind. And what better activity than getting rid of clutter in your bathroom?
Start with wall cabinets and work through all those unnecessary toiletries and medication past its use by date. Then move onto any other random things that have been dumped in your bathroom for no good reason.
There. Doesn’t that feel better?
If you still feel like you’re struggling for space, why not look at adding some clever bathroom storage? It’ll bring order to your everyday routine, keeping you nice and relaxed in the long run.