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    Mar 29, 2020

    13 Ways To Get Some Extra Stress Relief From A Bath Right Now

    We all deserve to soak in some relaxation right now.

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    Trying to destress in your apartment right now, when being stuck in your apartment is the reason for said stress, probably seems like an impossible ask right now. I get it. I'm right there with you.

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    In an attempt to get some much-needed serenity, I wanted to find ways to make my baths (a favorite pastime under normal circumstances) better. I also wanted some DIY options that'd help occupy a hunk of these endless days, so I looked up ways to have spa-worthy baths at home. I've written some of my favorite finds down below! Feel free to soak them all in.

    1. Literally bathe in tea – green tea has tons of antioxidants you can soak up and herbal tea has anti-inflammatory properties that'll be sensationally soothing.

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    You can use your own herbal teas for this, but you can also get bath teas specifically made to soak in. One of my favorite brands is Among The Flowers – they have a beautiful calming herbal set for $12 that'd be the cherry-on-top of a DIY milk bath.

    2. Make a DIY bubble bath for times when you want a bunch of bubbles but don't want all your expensive shampoo literally going down the drain.

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    A crime I have been known to commit when a bubble bath was calling...

    Making your own bubble bath is super simple, just combine 4 cups of water with 4 ounces of Castile soap ($8), 3 ounces of coconut oil ($19.99), and then whatever essential oils ($7.99+) you think sound nice. Shake it up and...voila! You've got a customized bubble bath.

    3. Fill your bathroom with plants! Seriously, just go grab the plants around your place and put them in the bathroom for a bit.

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    Making a lush environment will lift your spirits and you'll get the added benefits of having natural purifiers in the room – a BuzzFeed writer wrote a detailed guide on houseplants that will remove toxins and reduce airborne dust levels to help you breathe easy when you're trying to calm down. Plus the humidity in the bathroom is a prime place for many plants to thrive.

    4. Use an overflow drain cover so you can fill your bath to the brim!

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    You can get a clear drain cover from Walmart for $6.99.

    5. Find a candle that calms you and *only* use it when you're having a bath. It'll act like your own personal Pavlov's dog experiment (where, yes, you are the dog) by reminding your body it's time to relax every time you light it.

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    You can get this unnecessarily stunning, peaceful pick from Crystal Visions on Etsy for $14+ (available in two sizes).

    6. Use white vinegar to wash your towels and keep them extra fluffy! Your bathing experience should soften your rough edges from beginning to end!

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    To try this out, add about 1/2 cup of white vinegar (that stuff you've got hidden in the back of your pantry) during your first rinse cycle. This'll pull soapy chemical buildup and hard water deposits out of your towel's fiber and make it suuuuper soft.

    7. Make a spill-free spot for your booze! Elevating a drink on a small caddy or using a suction cup system is so much better than putting a drink on your bathroom floor (where you're likely to get human soup drippings in it every time you reach down to pick it up).

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    I'm a sucker for a clean aesthetic, so when I found this stone suction cup holder for $38 I totally thought it was worth the splurge!

    8. Add a face mask to your bathtime routine to give your entire body a spa-like experience.

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    If you want to keep things simple you can get a set of three sheet masks from Anthropologie for $12 but if you want a more personalized mask (and want to fill up some time in your day by making something from scratch) make your own!

    I actually just did this! Over the weekend I put together a face mask using ingredients I had in my kitchen (I was tired of baking) and it turned out great! I used oatmeal (mixed with hot water, about equal parts), 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt (skip the sugary stuff for this), 2 tablespoons of honey, and an egg white. That's it! I left it on for 15 minutes while soaking in some Epsom salts and emerged a *new* woman.

    9. Turn off the lights!

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    The harsh lighting in bathrooms is great to wake you up in the mornings, but opt for turning them off and adding some candlelight for a more soothing experience when you're bathing for relaxation over cleanly productivity.

    10. And turn *on* some soothing sounds.

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    If you have an Amazon Echo, you can download Sleep and Relaxation Sounds for free – it has a sound bank full of wind chimes, oceans, rainfalls, forest birds, even Gregorian monks! I love a good Gregorian monk chant – that's an actual fact.

    And if you don't have Alexa, Relax Melodies is a *great* app you can listen to straight from your phone!

    11. Use sugar cube soaps to exfoliate your skin – this may be the step you've been skipping that's always been the itch you can't scratch during a bath!

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    I started using Harper + Ari exfoliating sugar cubes last November. I got a jar from Anthropologie for $24 (available in three styles), mostly because I thought it'd look cute in my bathroom. I was hoping they'd help my dry winter skin feel a little more refreshed. I now have a very annoying habit of telling everyone who dares say "Hello" about how fantastic these little cubes are! My skin feels soft, clean, and soothed after using them and the deep scrubbing sensation feels too nice to ignore!

    12. Find an assortment of interesting bath bombs so every time you get in the bath you can have a slightly different experience – breaking up the monotony that is life right now.

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    You can grab this CBD bath bomb for $15 (available in two styles) or make your own!

    To make your own; you'll need a cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of citric acid, 1/2 cup of Epsom salt, 1/2 cup cornstarch, 3/4 a teaspoon of water, two teaspoons of oil (coconut, baby, olive – honestly any oil can find in your place...other than, um motor oil) and then top it off with 2 teaspoons of your favorite essential oil!

    13. And finally, finish off with a nice bathrobe so you can feel comfy and cozy before throwing on all your post-bath lotions and potions.

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    You can get the plush bath robe in the image above for $98 (available in three colors and sizes S–XL) or use the same tip for bath towels on your current robe – just add in that white vinegar to the wash!

    Now it's time to start swimmin'!

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