This series is an alphabetical exploration of 26 options for living well, despite everything. It answers the question–How can a we live with problems?
A hot bath is good remedy for practically everything that might go wrong.
Allow me to not get all medical-statistical about why it is good to frequently draw a pleasantly hot bath (not lukewarm, not scalding) for sanity and comfort. We could talk respiration rates, pulse numbers, pain scales, control groups and percentage of study participants reporting relief, but all that jazz doesn’t matter when you know this:
A hot bath is luxuriously relaxing.
The ancient Romans already had this figured out. Way back then people were hopping into hot pools to ease pain and stress. Resort towns all over the world have been built on the lucrative business of hot baths–Bath, England; Weisbaden (means meadow baths) in Germany; Hot Springs, Arkansas…
A hot bath is relatively inexpensive and generally harmless.
Unless, of course, you fly to Weisbaden, or invest in a deluxe jacuzzi or load up your water with toxic chemicals and dyes. You don’t have to do that.
Just fill the ordinary tub with steamy water. Add a handful of epsom salts or baking soda if that’s your pleasure and perhaps some organic rose petals or a few sprigs of mint or rosemary. Maybe light a candle, play some spa music or read a mood-elevating story or meditation.
Sink in, ah!
I can hear someone complaining, I don’t have time for baths.
Balderdash. Consider this: we each are a allotted the same, ample twenty-four hours every day to spend or squander as we choose. The truth is, each of us spends time on whatever we believe matters most. And if we don’t spend time on that which we value (reposing in luxurious tranquility, for instance), then we’re wasting our lives.
To say I don’t have time for a bath is to say that it is not my priority to regularly treat my body to twenty or thirty minutes of unhurried cleansing and purposeful relaxation.
And if I don’t highly esteem the miraculous body in which I live, perhaps it’s time to reassess my values.
Next time everything seems dire and hopeless (or merely annoyingly futile), try a hot bath.
Note: it’s not a great idea to take an unattended hot bath if you’re suffering from a virus or serious illness; you could faint. If you’re craving a bath when you’re majorly under-the-weather, make sure there is someone to assist you getting in and out.
Next time life is stressing you out, will you just take a hot bath?
MUMBO JUMBO: This blog is not medical or therapeutic advice, and is not intended as advice. This blog and its posts are intended only to provide a general, nonspecific illustration of how I, a person with fibromyalgia, have pursued my dreams to become a writer and become more physically active. This web site and these articles are not intended to provide comprehensive or full coverage of all the issues related to becoming a writer, to fibromyalgia, chronic pain, any condition of health or wellness, therapies or treatments. Your specific health and situation may make outcomes different than what you anticipate. You should consult with a medical professional who is familiar with your health and your situation, to determine which treatments are appropriate for you. You should only pursue any course of help or treatment after a qualified professional has determined it is safe for you to do so.