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If you are tired and often thinking about how tired you are, you may have Fatigue Stress. You not only get tired, as everyone does, but you are tired enough that it’s distracting you, taking up your mental air time. People who are tired are helped by: sleep, exercise, the right food, drinking enough water, and other factors. Mild exercise is the least obvious of these, helping the body’s natural functions to move toxins out. But what if you can’t exercise right now? A simple therapeutic soak may be the last option you think of and yet just the answer for you.
Dale Carnegie said,
Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.
Aside from deep relaxation and moist heat, the key therapeutic ingredient here is Epsom Salts, available at all drug- and grocery stores. Epsom Salts looks like coarse salt and is a magnesium compound, great for muscle biochemistry and, in a bath, for soaking out toxins. You’ll want to keep some on hand at all times.
So here are 8 top tips for an ideal therapeutic soak:
- Be sure your tub has been cleaned with something nontoxic before filling it.
- Put on some soft music and light some candles. If you don’t like open flames, use battery candles or lamps.
- Fill the tub with water at your “ahhhhh” temperature, which might be 103 degrees. Use a candy thermometer to tell you the temperature, once you have it perfect. Then you can target that temperature for your next soak.
- Add 2-4 pounds of Epsom Salts (magnesium salts), and stir them around a bit to dissolve. These restore the mineral balance in your skin and muscles, plus pulling out the toxins, so you literally feel better. No need to weigh or measure if you buy the 4-pound bag, then pour half or more into your bath.
- If you have the dry, itchy skin many get in wintertime, don’t use perfumed bubble bath. For annoyingly itchy skin, add colloidal oatmeal (in packets from major drugstores).
- If you have no itching or allergies, consider adding drops of essential oils or spraying the bathroom with a favorite natural fragrance.
- Set a timer for 20 minutes, think relaxing thoughts, and stay in at least that long, to give the muscles and Epsom Salts time to commune.
- If you love soaking, feel free to read or write while you soak, but only paper media. No electronics! You can even buy a special shelf to put across the tub, to hold your wine or tea and your reading/writing material. Journaling can be great, too, but again, no phones or electronic readers, all of which hate soaking.
You can keep running hot water in, and cool water out, and just keep soaking until about the 40-minute mark. Your skin will tell you if you have soaked too long.
After your soak, drink water, drink water, and drink some more water. Apply body lotion while your skin is still moist. The next morning, notice how well you slept and how much less tired you feel. Could this be the end of your Fatigue Stress?
Now try weekly soaks to melt away your stress, and soon you’ll be back into Healthy Happy Loving Lifesm!
Kebba Buckley Button is a stress solutions expert, holistic guide, and award-winning author who celebrates life. She has a longtime energy healing practice and is an ordained minister. Among her books are: Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire, and Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine. The books are available on Amazon and through Kebba’s office. To email us, firstname.lastname@example.org .