For years now, the wellness movement has been advocating that we consciously dedicate time for practices that focus on self-care and improve our well-being trifecta: Body, Mind and Soul.
The popular Hygge Culture, which refers to the Danish lifestyle phenomenon of “finding comfort, pleasure and warmth in simple, soothing things” has been a wonderful guide to easily adapt new daily habits that promote healing and achieve holistic well-being through personal rituals such as bathing.
Soothing, restorative and revitalizing, the healing power of bathing have been backed by scientific research. According to recent studies, the significant improvement of mental and physical health is a result of improved blood flow and increase in metabolic waste elimination. Submerging yourself in warm water has been proven to reduce stress, relieve muscle pain and improve skin conditions. The researchers conclude that taking regular baths also has long-lasting psychological advantages by providing a quiet, contemplative space that allows the body to relax and the brain to restore.
We know. Old habits die hard. But we encourage you to get disciplined enough to slow down a bit, and change your old bathing habits. Turn your rushed and panicked shower into a divine spa experience. And as Hygge has taught us, you actually don’t need much to elevate your bathroom. Breaking down the main principles of slow living, here is Lila N’ Berry’s guide to the perfect bathroom routine.
Presence: First of all, set aside the time. Close the door and disconnect from the outside world. Take deep breaths to quiet down your thoughts. Come back to yourself and focus on your routine.
Atmosphere: Set the scene with each sense in mind – lighting, scent, sound… Make sure the lighting is natural and gentle. Light a soothing scented candle that will evoke concentration and calm. Turn on a relaxing playlist that will still your mind.
Comfort: Make sure you have everything you need within reach before you get comfortable. Perhaps a cup of tea or a glass of wine for extra indulgence. Or maybe a book you’d like to read. And lastly ensure your Lila N’ Berry towel is nearby for a warm and cozy exit from your tub or shower.
Harmony: As you fill your bath, add essential oils or bath salts. Their scents will elevate your mood and their invigorating properties will enhance the healing process. If you have a shower, just drop a few drops of essential oil to the shower floor. The sound of running water infused with the scents will create a meditative ambiance.
Gratitude: Whether you’d like to soak for a long time with a good book or apply your beauty treatments in the shower, be mindful of each step of the routine. Take in the sensations and be grateful to yourself for taking the time for self-care.
Shelter: Finally, wrap yourself in your eco-friendly Turkish towel and take shelter in its ultra soft touch. Thanks to its highly absorbent features, you’ll be able to dry quickly and enjoy your post-bath time as well.
To summarize, warm water, essential oils, candles, a relaxing soundtrack and Lila N’ Berry towels make the perfect recipe for the modern-day bath.