Never under estimate the power of bathtub therapy

The splash of the water falling into the tub... and instant therapy for those who are stressed out!
The splash of the water falling into the tub... and instant therapy for those who are stressed out!

Splish Splash

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.

Do you partake in Bathtub Therapy?

  • Yes - at least once a week
  • Yes - but not as often as I would like
  • No - but I think you have convinced me to start
  • No - I think baths are gross
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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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jennyjenny 6 years ago from Somewhere in Michigan

You have talked me into it! I think I might start running a bath, now! :) It does have a calming and relaxing effect. Thanks for sharing!


marellen 5 years ago

I certainly could do this and I don't know why I don't. Reading your hub made this sound so pleasant. Thanks.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

It is definately an underated way to relax. A lot of people just don't think of doing this or take them time to do it. It is a fast paced world out there. Sometimes we got to kick back and give some time to ourselves :)


marellen 5 years ago

BBG...did realhousewife write that article about who your husband is? If so I must of missed it....


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

She hasn't finished it yet... so don't worry... you haven't missed it. I think she is doing the final touches. However, when she does finish it, I will link that to my How I met my husband hub and then I will share with my followers once that happens. So, if I am thinking correctly, it shows up back in the feed. If not, I will let you know so you can see who he is. :)


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Love it! I definitely am in need of some "bathtub therapy!" Water is such a wonderful way to relax. Swimming would be the best, but a bathtub comes second. Great hub.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@prairieprincess - I have to agree I love swimming too. However, bathtubs are definately more affordable to install in a house. Thanks for stopping by. I am glad you enjoyed it! :)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

BBG - enjoy it now - my kids used to love the bath - now I have to argue at bath time. They have graduated to showers too. I sort of miss those days - but you also reminded me of the way the entire bathroom would be soaked with an inch of water after each bath! They like to pretend it was a swimming pool. How cute it was though.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

I just gave Max a bath - couldn't tell if he had tan lines or dirt. I think I got more water on me than he got on himself sitting in the tub. Oh goes the splishing and the splashing... lol


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Ahhhh! You have made it sound so good and relaxing! Think that I will take a bath sometime soon. Generally I take showers, but you are correct in that a good soak in the tub can be therapeutic and relaxing. Up votes and sharing.


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jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

To get clean I prefer to take a shower, but baths are definitely more relaxing- I need to take them more often.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Peggy W - I too am more of a shower person. It is just faster. I guess because I have kids that seems to be the preference. I however really should enjoy a bath more often. It is just so relaxing. I don't often times take time to really have quiet time to myself. It is a good thing to do! :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@jennzie - Relaxation is a very important aspect of health. I think we all need to take advantage of bathtub therapy! :)

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