wedding stress relief in a bath

Best wedding stress solution? Take a bath!

by Bryce Gruber

It’s National Bath Day!

You’re probably overloaded with finding the perfect wedding dress, finding ways to save money on your reception (hello, wedding dais!), picking out big wedding bouquets, and losing sleep over your family drama. You need a quick wedding stress solution, and science says you’ve already got on in your bathroom.

In fact, just being in a horizontal position can improve your mood according to a study from 2002. Another study from 2012 showed that regular baths can help alleviate pain from inflammation, too — so all around, taking a dip this evening is your easiest, and least expensive avenue to relieving all that terrible wedding stress.

Bath Fizzies by Bath and Body Works
Bath & Body Works Bath Fizzy, currently on sale, $3.25

“A warm bath is calming and can help reduce anxiety,” explains Dr. Debra Jaliman, a board-certified dermatologist, book author, and assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “Relaxing in a warm bath may help you get a better night’s sleep, too. When you are in a warm tub your body temperature rises and as you get out of the bath your temperature starts to return to normal. This abrupt change in body temperature prompts the brain to release melatonin. Melatonin is a sleep inducer and helps to relax the individual.”

Sounds pretty good, right? It’s even ideal for those who value their perfect hair above all else, because with the right shower cap, baths are within reach every night of the week. Ideally one with a secure elastic function and double layering, like this one from Drybar.

morning after shower cap by drybar
Morning After Showercap from Drybar

“Ideally you should be in the bath 15-30 minutes,” says Dr. Jaliman. “Any longer than that and you can end up with wrinkled fingers and toes.”

As for other important stress-melting details, Jaliman suggests adding vanilla and lavender scented products to lull you into a calm, sleepy state, sage oil to boost your mood, and Epsom salts or Dead Sea salts to relax sore muscles and draw out toxins.

She wants everyone to remember that no amount of wedding stress is worth a super hot bath though — your skin is far to valuable. Scalding hot baths will dry out your skin, make your blood pressure dip, and you’ll end up feeling more stressed than when you started.

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