Stress: we all have it and we all want to try to get rid of it the best we can. Some of us go to the gym to work it off, others go for a run, others participate in some good old shopping therapy. If none of these activities are your cup of tea, maybe you just need a place at home to blow off steam so to speak.

There is such a place that’s already in your home where you can go, shut the door and take some time for yourself – the bathroom. Sure, this is the room where you shower, put on your makeup, shave, and get ready for work, but it can also serve another purpose. It can be your own private sanctuary, complete with a place to catch your breath, rest after a brutal day at the office, or simply close the door when you want some private quiet time away for family chaos.

The bathroom?

Yes, the bathroom could be your saving grace from the stress in your life be it day or night depending on your schedule.

And when it comes to creating this special space, many designers and decorators say the latest trend in homes is indeed creating luxurious living spaces out of bathrooms.

You can add anything you like that might help take away your stress: TV, stereo, Jacuzzi, aromatherapy, plants, etc. It’s up to you how you want to create the room, so you can kick back, and let your mind, body and soul simply relax.

Quick transformation

Maybe you already have those things and just need a good long soak in the tub? If that’s the case, you can instantly transform your bathroom into a private sanctuary with a hot bath. After all, who doesn’t like to climb into a steaming bath complete with bubbles, a good book and some soft music in the background. Heck, go ahead and light a few candles, too, and create an ambiance where you will have the best chance of letting the stress melt away.

If a hot bath is your thing, you might want to try these recipes for a spa-like treat in the confines of your own home.

Honey and cream

Add 4 tablespoons of honey and cream to warm bath water with 5 drops of jasmine, 3 drops of orange, and 2 drops of vanilla.

Give tension the boot

Forget stress and tension with a combination of 4 tablespoons of honey, 3 drops of lavender, 3 drops of rosemary, and 2 drops of violet oil.


Boil a cup of lavender flowers and strain through a sieve into bath water. Add 2 drops of peppermint oil, 5 drops of everlasting oil, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and 1 to 2 tablespoons of cream.

Of course, all the sweet aromas in the world probably won’t help you relax if your bathroom isn’t comfortable, so start by making sure you have everything you need to make it a relaxing atmosphere. As mentioned, add candles and soft music, invest in an inflatable head pillow and for when you get out, a hot towel warmer could come in handy. Maybe a plush spa-like robe and slippers, a turban for your hair, and you’ll feel as if you just came home from a world-class spa without spending a penny.

Bottom-line: Whatever works to help you relax is the most important step to actually relaxing.