A few years ago (OK, maybe it was 7 or 8) my husband and I went to a taster day at a bible college. We were looking for a place for him to study theology and I wanted to check it out with him too. We had a “sample” lecture, and the lecturer (whose name I cannot remember) said that in life you need to remember to keep refilling your tanks. Whether that be social, emotional, spiritual, mental, physical. Whenever one of those tanks runs out, thats when you’ll be in danger.
For a parent, we often find that physically we are run down from sleepless nights or just the energy it takes to run after the kids or get them to and from all their activities. We are mentally drained from thinking about everything the family needs to do and everywhere they need to be. We are emotionally drained from trying to deal with tantrums, figure out what the baby wants or be super enthusiastic about something they are in to at that moment. We might find we are spiritually drained too from not finding enough time to spend in the bible or just sat with God. Everything about parenthood leaves us drained and our tanks running on empty.
So when Sanctuary Bathrooms approached me to have a bit of quality relaxing time, indulging myself, I was in!!! They wanted to know what would make the perfect night in – well I’m not sure if it was perfect (our bath tub in our new house is super shallow so parts of me get cold – it definitely needs replacing with one of Sanctuary’s lovely baths!) but it was definitely what I needed. I was able to chill out in the bath with space for my cuppa and my book on my new bath shelf, and also treat my body with a face mask and body scrub. Thanks!!!
A perfect night-in for me is one that refills some of those tanks – that provides physical rest for my body, but also mental and emotional rest from the strains of the day. That means switching off from thinking about my to do lists and not having to answer to anyone else for a few hours or deal with their emotions. A good soak in the bath with a book is the perfect way to do that.
Apparently a relaxing bath helps to stave off colds and improves your mood, so I need to schedule in some more!! I think the bathroom is definitely one of the places that we fill our tanks and have me-time, so thats why it was one of the first rooms to be renovated in our new house. We are even looking at putting en-suites on some of our rooms, so perhaps we’ll find space to squeeze in another bathtub….
Have you given yourself some sanctuary lately? Why not go and treat yourself right now!
NOTE: I received a blogger box of treats and bath shelf from Sanctuary Bathrooms in exchange for taking part in this campaign.