Monday Self Care Challenge

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I hope you indulged in some quality coffee shop time last week! With Valentine’s Day coming up this weekend, it’s a perfect time to not only show your love for the important people in your life, but to show yourself some love by indulging in self care. This week’s challenge is something to help you sloooooow down and escape from daily stresses, and has numerous health benefits for the mind and body.

This Week:

Make time for a relaxing bath!

This seems like such an obvious self care ritual, but how many of us actually take the time on a regular basis to make a super relaxing bath with all the goodies — oils, salts, and candles — and then allow ourselves the time to lay there and totally let go? When we get busy, our bathing ritual becomes a routine of hopping in the shower in a rush every morning with our to-do list already running through our mind. So, the challenge this week is meant to help you slow it down and remind you of the simple pleasure that is indulging in a long, relaxing bath.

I personally have trouble with making time to take baths because I struggle to hold still and relax for any period of time. This is exactly why this is such a great challenge! When you’re in the bath, you really can’t be doing much else. It’s probably not smart to have your electronics nearby, so you are forced to get away from social media, e-mails, and texts for a while. You are making yourself step away from your obligations and take time to relax and just be.

Essential Oils

To enhance the mental escape, use essential oils such as lavender, rose, sandalwood, or ylang ylang to create a soothing atmosphere. If you don’t have essential oils, you could also use a few tea bags with relaxing scents such as chamomile. Breathe deeply to get the full benefits of the aromatherapy and to relax your nervous system.


Something about dimming the lights and lighting a few candles takes an ordinary bath to a next-level oasis. It creates a sense that you are escaping your stresses, and you are in a place of complete relaxation.


Hot water can be harsh on your skin, so make sure to add healthy organic oils to your bath, such as coconut, olive, or almond oil. This will keep your skin moisturized as you soak. You could also try a bath soak such as this one, made with coconut milk and vanilla to soothe and hydrate the skin.

Bath Salts.

Epsom salts are well-known for their detoxifying properties when added to a bath — salt and harmful toxins are pulled out of the body through reverse osmosis, and the body absorbs magnesium from the salts. This is basically like taking a magnesium supplement by absorbing it through your skin, which has many benefits such as improved digestion, softer skin, and easing sore muscles. Generally, you can add 1-2 cups of epsom salts to your bath, depending on your weight.

There are also other beneficial bath salts you can use, such as sea salts. This Calm Dead Sea Bath Salt from Herbivore Botanicals looks wonderful – it has sea salt from the Dead Sea, Himalayan salt crystals, and clay to gently pull toxins from your body, along with natural vanilla and ylang ylang to soothe your mind.

Break a Sweat.

Not only are baths mentally relaxing, but there are health benefits for the body as well. If your bath is nice and hot, the lymphatic system will be stimulated, which causes you to sweat toxins from your body as well as help kill bacteria and viruses in your system and stimulate an immune response. The hot water also causes deep muscle relaxation, which reduces cramps, tension, and muscle aches, and has similar health benefits to getting a massage. Sounds lovely, right?

Stay Hydrated.

Although a glass of wine in the tub sounds quite tempting, you can easily become dehydrated. Make sure you drink lots of water before, during, and after your soak so that you replace any fluids lost during your detoxifying bath and don’t feel headache-y afterward.

Fall Asleep Easier.

Your body temperature naturally drops before you fall asleep, and scientists have found that this drop in temperature signals to your body that it’s time to go to sleep. Taking a hot bath before bed warms you up, and the drop of your body temperature after you get out of the bath can help you to fall asleep.

Okay, now does anyone else want to go take a bath right now? Just writing this post made my body crave that caress of hot water and the feeling of tension melting away. Any time this week, make it a priority to treat your mind and body to the lovely self-care ritual of taking a bath. Go all out to make it an atmosphere of total luxury and relaxation, and focus on breathing deeply and letting go of anything you’re holding onto. If you don’t have any Valentine’s Day plans, use this self care challenge to treat yourself to an indulgent night at home, and maybe follow your bath with a little dark chocolate and red wine :). Happy soaking!



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