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If you are tired and often thinking about how tired you are, you 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. You are often thinking of how tired you are. 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 1-4 cups 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.
- 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-ask the pharmacist). If you have no itching or allergies, consider adding perfumed bath oil or spraying the bathroom with a favorite 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, read while you soak, but only paper magazines and books. You can even buy a special shelf to put across the tub, to hold your wine or tea and your reading material. Journaling can be great, too, but again, no phones or electronics, 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 in your Upbeat Living!
- Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert. She also has a natural healing practice and is an ordained minister. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You, plus the 2013 book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition. Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine. All the books are available through her office. Just email email@example.com.
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