As our daily lives get more and more hectic, it can be hard to find time to completely shut off and chill out.
Our phones don't stop buzzing, people don't stop ringing and it seems you just have one task after another to do.
Obviously, this majorly stresses us out, which is why it's so important to take time to treat yourself.
So stay in tonight, shut off your phone and sink into a tub of bubbles. Here are tips for drawing the most luxurious bath at home:
Test the waters
The ideal temperature for a warm bath is just above your body temp, which is 37 degrees. Be sure to use your wrist, not your hand, to test the water as your wrist is a better indicator for how the water will feel when your whole body is submerged.
Set the scene
Bright bathroom lights tell your body it's go-time, not bath time. Light a few candles around the room and on the edge of your bath tub. Visualisation is also a great tool for relaxation so compliment your down time with some chilled music. It will transport you to your own private Nirvana.
Add an oil
Floral scents like lavender, iris, rose and jasmine can help you ease into a relaxed state. Add your favourite oil to the tub when it's about half-full. This will help it even out through the water.
Before getting into the bath, set out a bowl of cold water and a washcloth next to your tub. Use it as a cold compress on your forehead and the nape of your neck to help you keep refreshed throughout your bath time. Also bring in a bottle of water to stay hydrated.
Buy a great robe
Nothing jolts you out of a zen state like going from a warm, luxe bath to a cold and threadbare robe. Buy a plush, warm robe or fluffy towels to stop the chill getting in.