Life continues to move faster and faster. The overwhelming stresses, deadlines, and exhaustion can often times keep us from taking care of ourselves.
Truth is, unless we nourish ourselves, love ourselves and give ourselves a break, we are unable to thrive in either our work or personal lives. By giving ourselves time, we will save time in the long run.
I speak to this as a screaming example of someone who needs to constantly remind themselves to S L O W down. One of my favorite ways to instill this practice is with a calming, comforting and rejuvenating Epsom Salt bath once a week.
When we feel stressed, our bodies release magnesium. Since most of us are chronically stressed these days, the vast majority of us are magnesium deficient. Luckily, Epsom Salt has loads of naturally occurring magnesium and is very readily absorbed through our skin. As our bodies absorb this precious mineral, we are flooded with a sensation of calmness and relaxation. Sounds pretty good huh?
Here are 5 tips to make your calming + rejuvenating salt bath extra perfect:
1. Put it in your calendar. The number one excuse for not taking care of ourselves is that we don't have time. Eliminate this classic excuse by scheduling your bath in your calendar.
2. Set the mood. Light some candles, bring some flowers into the bathroom, put together a pitcher of ice-cold hydrating cucumber water and set it by the tub. And last, but certainly not least, put on your favorite relaxing music.
3. Fill the tub. Add 2 cups of Epsom Salt to the hot bath water. If you have some essential oils add them to create a sensory experience.
4. Breathe. Once you get in the tub, close your eyes and listen to your breath. Breath slowly and deeply. Put your hand over your heart and feel your heartbeat. Take this special time to reconnect with yourself and quiet the mind.
5. Have your journal nearby. When you get out of the bath, allow yourself to journal about the thoughts that kept coming up for you. An Epsom Salt bath is a detox for both your mind and body. A lot may come up for you, which is completely normal! Clarity will likely be found on topics that seemed too complicated before. Simply allow the process to unfold by exporting into your journal.