Over the years, the need to do things quickly has changed the way we live in ways you may never have expected. Scarcely anyone sits to write a letter anymore now we have email. People who would never have considered themselves handy in the kitchen now cook full meals, as automation has made that easier. One thing that has become lost, largely, to more convenient approaches, is the good old bath.
That's a real shame. Of course, we like the speed of a shower. When we need to be out the door first thing in the morning, it's indispensable. You'll also hear a lot of people arguing that a shower gets you cleaner than any bath can. These same people, though, seem to ignore the many benefits of having a bath - for hygiene, health and so much more.
A Bath Is Good For The Heart
The key to this is that the bath needs not to be too hot. If you're lowering yourself in slowly, wincing at the temperature, you need some more cold in there. But if the water is warm - not tepid - it has amazing health benefits including a decrease in blood viscosity. This helps a better blood flow and improved heart health. This does come with the caveat that you should be careful of warm/hot baths if you have a pre-existing heart condition.
It's Better For Beauty
No-one's saying you should stop having showers. Convenience dictates that they are the correct solution if you have to leave the house in fifteen minutes and need to get clean. But if you have the time, a bath has benefits you may not have considered. For example, our skin benefits from opening the pores and hydrating all over - a positive anti-aging step. Not only our skin, but our eyes and hair will also be better for it.
It's A Pampering Process
Not only does a bath get you clean and boost your health, but it's also the ultimate in "me time." Add a few drops of essential oil to the water, and you can gain in relaxation and respiratory health. The quality of water is important here, as are types of bath. Research the best ones for longevity, as this will help the water stay clean and have the most health benefits for you.
You'll See The Benefits In Mental Health Too
Again, some people feel a lot more "ready for anything" after a shower. The shock of the water hitting your skin is undeniably bracing. However, baths aren't without benefits for the mind. Being submerged in warm water eases the nervous system, meaning less production of stress hormones. It's a lot easier to face life after half an hour in the bath.
You'll Get Sick Less Often
One of the primary criticisms people have of a bath is that it's not hygienic. They point out that everything you've washed off is still in the water. A fair point, until you point out that a quick spritz with the shower spray soon fixes that.
Not only that, but in terms of bodily health, a bath oxygenates the blood and is better at killing off bacteria in the system. As a result, you will get ill less often. If all of the above isn't reason enough to get in the bath, surely that's a winning argument?