30 March 2020

5 Steps to Improve

As we move through such unprecedented times, where we are stuck in a world where COVID-19 is all that we seem to talk about, it’s understandable that our lives are currently filled with so much uncertainty.

Here at Trojan, we understand the importance of well-being, after all spending a little time alone allows us to relax, unwind and see things more clearly. We’ve always been advocates of bathrooms being the perfect space to improve our mental and physical well-being, and no more so than at the moment. Unfortunately, due to self-isolation, many of us are finding ourselves with more time on our hands than ever, and that is why Trojan have decided to give you a five-step guide to improve your well-being through your bathroom.

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As we move through such unprecedented times, where we are stuck in a world where COVID-19 is all that we seem to talk about, it’s understandable that our lives are currently filled with so much uncertainty.

Here at Trojan, we understand the importance of well-being, after all spending a little time alone allows us to relax, unwind and see things more clearly. We’ve always been advocates of bathrooms being the perfect space to improve our mental and physical well-being, and no more so than at the moment. Unfortunately, due to self-isolation, many of us are finding ourselves with more time on our hands than ever, and that is why Trojan have decided to give you a five-step guide to improve your well-being through your bathroom.

A hot bubble bath at the end of a long day is now associated with solitude and most importantly, self-care. For many of us, a bath is a great source of comfort, which happens to also have benefits that are more than just skin deep.

In a German study, it was been reported that for those suffering with depression and anxiety, soaking in a bath of 40 degrees for a total of 30 minutes had the ability to boost their mood significantly.

In addition to this, a Japanese study also looked into the benefits of bathing and our mental health. This time, however creating a comparison with showering. The end result? That baths proved to be remarkably more effective in aiding stress, tension and even hostility (believe it or not).

So, as we move through such unsettled times, and with the effects of COVID-19 now starting to take their toll, the thought of further self-isolation and more time spent at home can start to get us down. Here at Trojan, we have always been big supporters of making your bathroom your ‘escape’ and so we have been looking at the effects our bathrooms can have on our wellbeing and how we can look to improve this.

Getting the temperature spot on:

Although a bath can help to ease physical tension as well as relax our muscles, they can also help to improve our digestion and low blood sugars too.

Did you know the perfect bath temperature is between 40-45 degrees?

Light it up:

With technology now so prevalent and with any of us being exposed to blue light in the form of computers and mobile devices throughout the day, this tends to leave us mentally drained.

Now that many of us are spending more time at home, if you have a bathroom with lots of natural light, try to bathe during daylight hours. Not only does this feel like the ultimate extravagance but can also improve your sense of wellbeing too.

On an evening, however, consider leaving the lights off and bathing with candle light instead. This will help to suppress melatonin, which can interfere with our sleep.

Aromatherapy:

Your sense of smell is the most sensitive of your senses and scent can be powerful and extremely beneficial to our health. This is because it is able to access the Limbic part of the brain (this controls our emotions).

Whether it be an aromatherapy oil or even scented candles, both will enable you to relax your mind and body as well as lift your mood. 

Set the tone:

Propping your iPad up and watching the latest Netflix program is something that we are guilty of but you should try to enjoy the sound of silence. Alternatively, immerse yourself in a soundtrack. Studies have shown that the sounds of nature can decrease the body’s sympathetic response and can increase the feeling of relaxation. So why not give it a go!

Meditate:

Simply closing your eyes and concentrating on your breathing can give you the opportunity to zone out and empty your mind. Focusing on long deep breathes and your own thoughts is great for your mental wellbeing.

With the current situation, not just in the UK, but across the globe at the moment, we can all understand that there is a definite sense of anxiety for many. However, here at Trojan, we have always believed that both mental and physical wellbeing are key to our health. If you are feeling a little uncertain right now, why not give our 5 steps a try and let us know how you feel!

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