How To Accessorize Your Bathroom For A Tranquil Retreat
Your bathroom sees the most traffic of every room in the house. That's all the more reason for it to be the most relaxing room in the house. If you're looking to do some home improving, turning your bathroom into a restful retreat may trump your dreams of a country kitchen. Here are 4 ways to accessorize your bathroom to make it a tranquil retreat.
We may associate mood lighting like dim lights and candles with relaxation, but low lights can actually dull emotional responses. According to a study published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, bright lights increase the intensity of emotional responses — either positive or negative. By swapping out the bright lights for tea lights (real or battery operated) to line an overhang or ledge, or converting your light switch to a dimmer, you can control how intensely you feel when you enter the room.
Big fluffy towels are common in the bathroom, but adding a cushy bathmat or soft curtains can actually soothe you emotionally. A study published in the Journal of Consumer Research shows we seek out soft textures to ease negative feelings. Researchers suggest this has something to do with our instincts as babies to find physical pleasure to ease anxiety and pain since we cannot think at that stage. Throwing a few extra-soft washcloths or hand towels into your bathroom decor may actually calm you down.
It's no mystery that a nice massage makes us feel good, but it can actually reduce anxiety, stress and aggression. In a study out of Australia, researchers found massage almost instantly reduced stress and anxiety on participants. It's not a cure-all and it may not have long-term benefits, but having a massage ball or neck massager available in your bathroom may relieve stress when you need it.
We know facial scrubs help wipe away dead skin cells and make our faces smooth, but when you apply a scrub or use a shower brush on the rest of the body, you're giving your whole body a vacation. Not only do you clean off rough, dry skin and unclog pores, you also stimulate your lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is part of the circulatory system and helps regulate fluids in your body, but it doesn't have a drainage system. Every once in a while, it needs some stimulation which you can do with gentle scrubbing from your arms and legs inward toward your heart. When your lymphatic system doesn't drain properly, it can cause all sorts of physical problems — joint stiffness, acne, back pain, and rheumatoid arthritis among others. Keeping a salt scrub or a good shower brush in the bath for the occasional massage is a pretty good trade-off for health.
Turning your bathroom into a calming hideaway doesn't take a room overhaul or even require a fresh paint job. With a few additions and tweaks, you can have a tranquil sanctuary to go to every day of the week.