By: Clara Adkins PhD, LGPC
When you were little, did you ever love swimming in pools or the ocean? Diving into aquatic depths and encapsulating our bodies with cool and soothing liquid is a fun way to restore ourselves and allow our imagination to flow. Play like this is something that is encouraged in childhood but as we grow up it can be harder for us to include into our lives. Going to swim in the pool or ocean is a great way to practice self-care but it is not always feasible, but taking baths is something we have easier access to.
We can spend our bath time wisely by giving ourselves a chance to check in with our bodies and see how it feels in the water. Playing in the water with bubbles or lighting candles to set around the bathtub can be a fun way of interacting with our inner child and allows us time to relax and be free. Water is restorative and spending time in water is gratifying and gives us time to focus on our own wants and needs. By focusing on these physical needs we can get in tune with ourselves and learn what we need to self-soothe and improve our well-being. Let’s take time to listen to our inner wisdom and engage with water to enjoy the spirit of fun, play, freedom, and restoration.