The bathroom has always been a place for a shower of ideas – no pun intended. But in times of Coronavirus, when we're not able to travel or enjoy cherished activities, our bathrooms have taken an even more important role as a place for self care that allows us to escape. Along with the calming effects of running water, steam, and warmth, there are additional ways we can transform our bathroom into our own personal sanctuary. It may not be a secluded island, but it's a close second when sheltering in place.
- Turn the nozzle to cold: There’s very little our body craves first thing in the morning more than a hot shower; however, there are wonderful benefits to turning the nozzle the other direction. The shock of cold water increases our heart rate, oxygen level, alertness, and circulation. This extra “boost” is especially helpful when morning, afternoon and evening seem to meld into one. If a cold shower seems too much, it is also beneficial to alternate between hot and cold (1 minute of each, on repeat) as it constricts and then opens the blood vessels. This is wonderful for circulation but also detoxification.
- Add some life: It may not seem like the most obvious room for a plant, but it’s a great way to bring the feeling of the outdoors inside. Not only do plants create a more relaxing environment, but they also help purify and filter the air around them. However you choose to display the plant - in a pot on the ground, on shelves, or even hanging - it’s important to choose one that thrives in humid, low-light conditions. A few great examples are aloe vera, bamboo, African violets, or Chinese evergreens.
- Breathe in through your nose: One of the quickest ways to turn your bathroom into a spa is by adding your favorite scent. Not only can you mix and match scents to either meet your mood or create a mood, but there are lots of ways to introduce them. Potpourri and candles are great for scents you know and love, while diffusers are wonderful for quickly changing scents to create a new feeling or experience.
- Keep it clean: It may seem obvious, but as wonderful as steam can feel, it can also lead to a less-than-ideal spa experience by causing mold and bacteria growth which have harmful health effects. Some of the most obvious places for mold to live in a bathroom are in between tiles, on a shower liner, and wherever water backs up. Therefore, it is important to make sure all drains are clear, remove existing mold by saturating the area with white vinegar, and replace your shower liner every six months to avoid buildup. Dripp liners just so happen to be 100% non-toxic and delivered directly to your door!
- From day to night: Although a bedtime shower may add additional time to your nighttime routine, it is a great way to bookend your day, relax, and prepare for sleep. After a warm shower our body temperatures drop, which aids the process of sleep. An additional treat, for a few indulgent nights a week, is to soak a small towel in water and a few drops of lavender oil before bed, then refrigerate. After the shower and wrapped in a warm cozy towel, lay down, place the lavender towel over your face, and finally allow yourself to escape to the real secluded island.