Never under estimate the power of bathtub therapy
As a mother of three, life often gets hectic. There really isn’t much time for yourself. It is centered around the house, the kids and even your job. Yet, today, as I was chasing my kid out of the bathroom for the 20th time, I realized maybe he was on to something. Maybe a jump in the tub was just what a person needed!
So finally, I gave him a bath. I filled the tub up with water and some bubbles, and as the water continued to splash into the basin, he giggled and cheered. He ran back and forth, knowing he was soon going to be splashing and playing in the water himself.
As soon as the tub was filled with the perfect temperature for his little body, I undressed him. It was a difficult task since he kept trying to escape and get back to the tub. He was standing next to the tub, bouncing up and down just waiting for me to put him in. The look of excitement in his eyes as I picked him up and placed him in the water was undescribable.
He looked at the bubbles as if he had never seen them before; he slapped the water causing it to retaliate along my bathroom walls. I threw some toys in there and just watched as he joyously squirted the water out of his duckies and filled them back up.
When it comes to bath time, children just can’t get enough. They have a collection of bath toys and can spend hours in the water splashing until they turn are completely wrinkly. Even when the water becomes cold, they hesitate to get out. They are completely at ease in the bathtub.
Time for tub therapy...
As an adult, we no longer splish and splash, but the water seems to offer a therapy for us. When I have had a stressful and long day, there is nothing better than turning on the faucet and letting the water rush into the tub. The slapping of the water as it collides down below in instantly calms me. Turn off the lights, add some candles and some soft music and you instantly have yourself a little spa time.
Sometimes it seems like we just don't have the time in this hectic lifestyle. Yet, we must understand taking time for ourselves is important to stay both mentally and physically healthy. So, while you don't have to stay in the tub until you have aged at least 20 years like a child does, taking even a 15 minute break will help you grab your life back.
It doesn't take much - maybe some bubbles, light some candles and a glass of wine. Put a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door and play some music to calm you down. Before you know it, you can say "Calgon, take me away!" and really mean it.
Feeling a little Stressed?
So the next time you are feeling a little stressed, think of what the kids do and head for the tub. A little time to yourself will do a world of wonder.
I know being a mom, it can be difficult to get this time away. So reserve your bathtub therapy for after all the kids are in bed. After a half hour of soaking, you will feel completely refreshed and ready for a new day!
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