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Got Body Pain and Stress? Take a Relaxing Warm Bath

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Widespread body pain and muscle stiffness related to stress can be your body’s alarm system — a no-nonsense reminder that you’re doing too much and your body needs care and rest.

A Relaxing Warm Bath Can Make Miracles

One of the sure ways to cope with pain is to treat yourself to a peaceful, warm and soothing bath.  Warm water is healing, specially when the whole body is immersed in it.  A hot bath helps lift weight off your joints and it gets your blood circulating.  In fact, baths can be a spiritual experience — a wonderful opportunity to greet your “self” and get in touch with your mind and soul.

A Few Must-Have Items for Your Bath:

Creating a relaxing atmosphere for your special bath is essential.  For a spa-like experience, take some time to gather a few must-have items:

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Relaxing Music:  Bring your smart phone, iPod or radio on a speaker set and play your favorite relaxing songs.  Use Pandora, a free internet radio service that finds new music based on your old and current favorites.

Soothing Scents:  Scents have the power of reaching your brain quickly and having an immediate relaxing effect on you.  Make sure to have scented soaps, candles or dried flowers in your bathroom.  You can also use scented oil drops in your bath.

Fancy Soaps:  Hand-made soaps tend to have soothing scents and interesting texture.  They might cost twice as much as the regular soaps you get at the supermarket, but you’ll find they are worth the extra expense.

A Soft, Thick Towel:  There is nothing more comfy than a large, thick, soft towel — the perfect finale to a soothing bath!

A No-Children Zone:  This one an important (and challenging) one.  It is absolutely impossible to enjoy a relaxing bath with your children knocking on your door, screaming or bickering outside.  Depending on your circumstances, you will need to wait until your kids go to sleep, or ask someone to keep them entertained until you’re done.  A no-children zone is a must!

Do you make the time to take relaxing baths?  How do you make your baths relaxing and special?

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Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Dr. Perez-Litwin is the Founder & CEO of ELLA Leadership Institute, a multi-platform professional development organization designed to advance the careers and leadership of women. She's the creative force behind the LATINAS THINK BIG™ national tour, sponsored and live-streamed by Google.

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