Do you regularly work from home? Whether you’ve long known life as a remote worker or, like many others, made the transition during the COVID-19 pandemic, you understand the benefits and importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance. After all, conducting business from home blurs the lines between business and personal time. So, what steps can you take to ensure your home both boosts productivity and empowers you to feel your best?
Luckily, when it comes to feeling your best, steam may pack a powerful punch. Here are five ways to help you find more balance at home.
1. Take a steam shower
From glowing skin to improved sleep, steam showers just may be your all-natural solution for a wellness lifestyle. Among the many potential benefits of steam (skin hydration, muscle recovery, clearing sinuses and improving respiratory health), steam showers may promote wellness by helping relieve stress. Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, use this time to relax your mind, body and soul, either preparing for the tasks ahead or unwinding after a long day.
Steam showers may also stimulate the senses when paired with products such as aromatic oils, which may help relieve pressure and tension caused by looming deadlines, difficult projects and more. Scents such as mint have been shown to work for energizing your body and mind in the morning, and the smell of lavender may help calm anxiety. MrSteam has crafted fragrances inspired by essential oils, including these two and more, extracted from organic flowers and plants. The fragrances are infused in steam by the AromaSteam system, or oils can be applied to steam heads and on-trend towel warmers.
To learn more about what steam can do for you, take a look at The 40 Benefits of Steam Bathing and explore our award-winning product line.
2. Create a workout routine.
Feeling cooped up? Working out is a terrific way to slip in some extra movement and, if you venture outdoors, an even greater opportunity to commune with nature. Exercise increases endorphins, which are natural mood lifters that help us feel more relaxed, tranquil and refreshed.
Sounds a lot like the feelings you may have after a nice, hot steam shower, right? There’s a reason why: Steam therapy has many potential benefits that are similar to those gained through exercise. It may help increase metabolism, boost energy and detox your body. Heat from steam may also stimulate circulation and soothe muscle aches.
Whether it’s a one-mile walk around your neighborhood or a 30-minute cardio session using your at-home gym equipment, no matter how you decide to move, take comfort knowing that a steam shower is beckoning you to reap its benefits. And, these benefits are available to you both before and after a workout. If you're curious about more ways steam may help you reach your wellness goals, read How a Steam Room May Help Boost Fitness Potential.
3. Choose the right lighting, inside and outside the shower.
Improper lighting can make it difficult to focus in any space. While soft, warm lighting can provide your space a relaxing glow, if the lights are too dim, it may make you feel lethargic. On the other hand, cool lighting gives you a more concentrated radiance, allowing you to focus on task-oriented activities such as reading, writing and other projects. For this reason, we have made light therapy part of our package of steam bath benefits.
Our ChromaTherapy systems allow you to transform your environment and mood with a variety of pleasing light choices. After a long day, imagine the warm, moist air from a steam shower enveloping your body as the perfect lighting creates a flood of mood-invigorating energy. At MrSteam, we offer the following colors with their accompanying moods:
- Red: Vitality that sparks raw creativity
- Yellow: Awakening to personal power and awareness
- Green: Harmony, helping you get back in step with life’s rhythms
- Indigo: Mystic, to discover the rhythm of energy surrounding you
- Blue: Celestial, helping you communicate and share your discoveries
- Violet: Nirvana, the culmination of time, place and being
Ready to light up your bathroom and reap the benefits? Discover the impact that color and chromatherapy can have on your overall wellness experience.
4. Keep your body hydrated
Since ancient times, people have appreciated the rejuvenating effects of water. Water not only hydrates you but also relaxes you. When framing your work-from-home wellness regime, don’t forget about the very element that your body can’t live without.
Tackle hydration first by drinking plenty of water. For the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate, The United States National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommends about 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids a day for men and about 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women.
Once you’ve catered to the inside of your body, give some attention to the outside layer with steam: The warm water can work wonders on your skin, from boosted hydration and opening of pores to increased skin permeability and more.
The potential result of these steam benefits? A fresh and natural glow that will put you another step closer to looking and feeling your best.
5. Reset with meditation, refresh with steam therapy.
Meditation is a centuries-old practice used to provide balance and a sense of peace. Several studies have shown the benefits of deep breathing exercises, such as meditation and breathwork, can even go beyond managing stress. For example, some of the possible benefits of meditation include: relieving depression and anxiety, helping chronic pain and combating addiction and trouble sleeping.
One of the best parts about meditation? It doesn’t take long to realize lasting benefits.
Start with 60 seconds: A sequestered space, like a steam room, can be your comfort zone as you let your thoughts come and go, cultivate awareness and travel into a world of wellness. As a takeaway, you’ll be able to carry the calmness you achieve during this session throughout the workday or into a good night’s sleep.
But steam therapy may help you take this a step further. Many people find that the relaxing effects of steam therapy help them calm both mind and body, as steam works on multiple levels to provide the ultimate wellness experience. If a monotonous list of work-from-home to-dos drags you down, let steam guide you in your pursuit to start and end your day with peace.
Achieving a healthy work-life balance doesn’t happen overnight, but we hope these tips will help you find your rhythm at home. If you want to discover more ways steam can help you in your journey, read 3 Ways Steam Supports a Wellness Lifestyle.