Last year was a long one. Yes, it may have only been 366 days (leap year), but it seemed to drag on foreverrrrrrr. One full week into January, we are all starting to feel that post-holiday stress settle in. Thank goodness for National Bubble Bath Day! Yes, it's a silly "holiday" (if you even want to call it that), but soaking in a tub may be one of the most relaxing ways you can reduce stress and boost your mental and even physical health.
While the bubble bath observance was inspired by the more than half century old brand of Mr. Bubble, the therapeutic benefits of soaking in a nice warm bath have been recognized for thousands of years. Baths are great for soaking tired muscles; can help treat dry, winter skin; and some studies show they can even help heal wounds - but you should always consult your physician first. Relaxing in a tub can also help lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and NueroWellness Doctor Claudia Aguirre says bathing can have positive effects on everything from blood sugar and metabolism to sleep quality and work efficiency. Plus, having a little time to ourselves can be just what we need to recharge, and improve our mental outlook.
"Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes. Including you." - Anne Lamont