I’m headed to a Mama’s Night Out event tonight, and so excited to take some time to relax and be pampered. It reminded me of this Mother’s Day Bath Bomb DIY that I created last year for the World Market Blog. The full DIY and recipe for the bath bombs is in that post, and I realize I never shared all of these pretty photos that didn’t make the cut!
I also have some thoughts about bathing, relaxing, and taking time to do nothing, so read on! What I want you to give yourself for Mother’s Day is a moment alone with some quiet and some of the simple pleasures you love most (whether a flower-filled bath, an hour hiking a trail, or a good book and comfy seat on the couch.) You deserve it.
Elevate Your Bath
While I’m sharing these pretty DIY Bath Bomb photos, I thought I’d share some ways I have loved elevating my bathing experience lately.
Although I have always loved taking a bath, last year I learned to take my bathing to a new level with a few things:
- Bath bombs (if you don’t DIY, these Tubby Todd‘s are my fave)
- This bath pillow
- A bath shelf (another one of my DIY posts, or this one looks nice)
- I always light a couple candles, (I love Slow North, and also buy the ones at Trader Joes!)
Taking one extra minute to turn my bath into a full experience always adds impact and I feel like I benefit from the extra intention. Giving myself permission to make this time to myself as relaxing as possible.
Take Time to Relax
When I was in high school, I bought a book called “The Art of Doing Nothing.” I remember thinking the title was funny, and was also genuinely curious about people who were able to not do STUFF ALL THE TIME.
I have always been a DOER, and slowing to a stop and doing nothing for a while is really really hard for me. I am constantly looking for the next project, activity, event, job, adventure, or task. I am determined, driven, very hard working, and feel alive when I accomplish things. So, it can be like torture for me to take time to refresh, relax, and as Stephen Covey would say “Sharpen the Saw.”
As bad as I am at doing it, I know that taking time to relax, meditate, ponder, and plan makes a world of positive impact on my life AND my ability to accomplish the things I really want to do.
The other morning, I was a little overwhelmed by projects, and simultaneously so tired and in need of a break. I decided what I really needed first was to take a bath.
So, after the kids were off to school, I climbed into the tub at 9am with my pillow, bath bomb, candles and shelf. I soaked and closed my eyes. I tried to clear my head and pay attention to what thoughts came.
After a few minutes of quiet and calm, I pulled out my planner and began writing. Planning. Dreaming. Scheming. I had some new perspective and had some new ideas. I could more easily determine the priority level of things that needed doing, and could also see what maybe didn’t need doing that I had been stressing about.
This Mother’s Day (and all the time!), you have my permission and instruction to take a next-level bath, take some time to think, and have a moment all to yourself.
Those moments we intentionally claim build our ability to focus, strategize, and plan can make all the difference.