Self-care isn’t a luxury; it’s a way of healthy living that includes taking care of your physical and mental health through restorative and restful practices. There’s no better time or place to incorporate new self-care routines than in the minutes you begin preparing for your day or unwinding from it while getting ready in the bathroom. Creating a space that welcomes peaceful meditation can be achieved with a few small design changes. Here is a list of 5 easy ways to create a self-care bathroom.

1. Candles
The soft glow of candles and their aromatic scents usher in a sense of relaxation. A grouping of three to five candles near the bathtub or at the sink is a simple way to create a calming ambiance. The Danish Hygge style encourages using candles in everyday life, calling them living lights, as a way of boosting their moods through the long winter months.

2. Plants
Adding plants and natural elements to your space has a calming effect, and certain indoor plants like lavender and snake plants are proven to help with anxiety. Plants have an additional benefit of purifying the air, and living herbs like rosemary bring a fresh, welcoming smell to a room.

3. Colors
The right color palette can set the stage for a relaxing atmosphere, and designers usually recommend paler shades like lavender, soft greens, light blues, and subtle grays. Bathroom accents like fixture colors and lighting should be kept simple with softer finishes. Using colors that make the most of the room’s natural lighting is mentally restorative and increases the release of serotonin in your body.

4. Textiles
Adding new textiles to your bathroom is one of the quickest ways to change the look of your space. Treat yourself to soft, plush towels and handcloths and consider adding a rug that begs you to slip out of your work shoes and into the luxury of bare feet.

5. Bath and Body Products
From the simple act of washing your hands and face to the relaxation of applying body lotion and fragrances, the products you choose can take those small routines and transform them into
ones that calm and restore. Take the time to discover what scents and essential oils best soothe your body and incorporate them into your bathroom self-care routine.

Transform your bathroom into a retreat that invites self-care into your daily habits.

Your body and soul will thank you.

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