Having grown up in a house with six people and one bathroom you learn very early how to make the best of your bathroom time. With four girls in the house I remember many of our quarrels were about bathroom or phone time. Mornings were hectic trying to get ready for school and the evening routine was just as difficult. Being the next to the youngest meant I was the second in line to take my bath before bed time. There was no such thing as a morning bath.
Our house was built by my grandfather and even though the bathroom has a shower now, there wasn’t one when we were growing up. There was only a bathtub so we had to take baths instead of showers. On a typical night, my dad took his bath first since he went to bed early. Then we would bathe in order of our age, the youngest first.
Another caveat regarding bath time was the fact that the hot water tank was small which meant hot water was a premium. Dad’s bath often emptied the hot water tank. When we were smaller it wasn't uncommon to have to reuse my sister’s bath water because water was going to take longer to warm up again and there were two more baths to be taken. I didn't like going behind my baby sister because she liked playing outside and always came in smelling like a wet puppy. Mom would always tell her, "you need a bath!”
Because of the limited time we had in the bathroom, bathing had to be done in 10-15 minutes. There was no such thing as soaking in a bubble bath. I remember the Calgon commercials with the theme, “Calgon take me away”. There was always a happy woman with a pillow behind her head in pure bliss to be able to relax in the bathtub. I dreamed of being able to soak in a tub like those women and maybe even having a big bathtub someday.
When I finally had my own place I couldn’t wait to take some time and just sit in a bathtub full of bubbles. I could run as much water as I wanted to, make it as hot as I wanted to, and stay in the tub as long as I wanted to. On weekends when I had the time to relax, a bath was just what the doctor ordered.
I enjoy baths, but did you know that taking a relaxing bath has significant health benefits? Here are 5 ways a bath can be helpful.
1. Bathing can improve your mood by helping you to relax and breathe.
2. Taking a warm bath can make your heart beat faster and give it a healthy workout.
3. Bathing helps to regulate your body temperature – On a cold day, a hot bath will warm you up and on a hot day a cooler bath will cool you down.
4. Soaking in a bathtub cleanses and moisturizes your skin.
5. Bathing can reduce pain and inflammation and reduce your levels of stress and anxiety.
So when is the last time you relaxed and took a bath? For me it’s been a while. Time is typically an issue and showers are much quicker. While I was in Phoenix two weeks ago, I had dinner with my husband’s cousin Pamelyn who has her own business making bath salts.http://gemscentbathsalts.com She gave me an assortment of bath salts and I couldn’t wait to come home and try them. I got excited just thinking about the rest and relaxation I could have taking a nice bath.
This Mother’s day after all the festivities are over, why not settle down and give yourself some peace and relaxation by taking a bath. In Matthew 11:28, we are encouraged to seek rest, especially when we are weary and burdened. Even Jesus encouraged rest in Mark 6:31 (ESV) And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Mother’s Day. I miss my Mom, but I am looking forward to going to church and celebrating some amazing women including my mother- in-love, spending time with my children and last but not least, dear husband can you run me a big ol’ bath?
Blessings and Happy Mother's Day,
Janice R Love, Author
First Lady, Mom, Stepmom and Divorce Ministry Coach