About a week and a half ago I found myself sitting in a pool of self-loathing, and like, an actual tub of water. I was depressed and started to shower then decided I didn’t feel like standing so I sat down for what my kids like to call a “shower bath”-plug the drain but keep the water coming from the shower head. I don’t mention the depression bit as a cry for help or to alarm anyone (really, I’m fine Mom) but simply to give context as to why I was sitting in my bathtub while my shower was running and explain where the idea for this week came from. At some point while I was sitting there I started thinking about how I never took baths and how that would be a fun thing to try for Five Day Discipline. I remember taking baths as a kid but somewhere between childhood and adulthood baths were replaced with showers and I can’t quite remember why.
Five Day Discipline: Take a bath each evening.
I’m going to toss out my typical blog format of telling you what I did for each of the five days in favor for a pros and cons list. I’ll post pictures at the bottom of what different bath additives I tried.
Pros of Bathing:
- It feels nice to soak in warm water. Of course, my bathtub isn’t big enough for my whole body to actually be under the water all at once, but with the power of my imagination I imagine that would be a pleasant experience.
- You’re using a finite amount of water. Yes, a full tub of water is a lot but at least you can measure it and know how much you’re using if you’re the eco-conscious type. With a shower you can’t know how much water you’re using and it’s completely determined by the length of time you spend in the shower.
- Epsom salts. Soaking in a bath can give you muscle relaxation and relief that you can’t get from a shower.
Cons of Bathing:
- They seem to take much longer than showering. While I was bathing it was hard not to imagine the alternative ways I could be using my time instead of sitting in a bathtub with my knees poking out of the water.
- I sweat. One night as I sat there in the bath I realized I was sweating. I’ve heard this would make some people’s “pros of bathing” list but for me it is definitely a con.
- You’re sitting in your own filth. Not much to explain here but obviously whatever grime is on your body when you enter the bath will just be hanging out with you until you pull the plug.
So will I be adding baths to my normal routine?
In short, no.
In long, I had a lot of fun this week trying different kinds of baths (plain baths, baths with Epsom salts, bubble baths…even a slime bath) but aside from the fun of the novelty of it all I didn’t care for them. I did feel good after my baths with epsom salts but the trade off of time isn’t worth it for me. My mind and body like to be moving and sitting in a bathtub for 20 or 30 minutes made me kind of twitchy. I’ll stick with showers.
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