A warm cup of tea, or an indulgent self-care session, everyone has their solve-almost-anything vice. But new research has shown a bath might be the best thing you can do, when the weight of the world gets a little heavy.

A study conducted by scientists at the University of Freiburg, Germany, concluded that a 30-minute bath a day could actually be more effective at treating depression than exercise.

Conducted over eight weeks, the mental wellbeing score of the group who took part was found to have improved by an impressive six points, three points better than those who were asked to do 45 minutes of aerobic exercise a week.

This is believed to be linked to a rise in core body temperature, which in turn, can lead to better synchronisation of the body clock or circadian rhythms, something which can be disrupted or delayed by several hours in those suffering with depression.

The study also proved that the benefits were further enhanced by 20-minutes of relaxation, being wrapped in blankets and the use of a hot water bottle afterwards.

So, with that in mind, if you've got no plans this weekend, make getting in the tub a priority. 

Here are our top bath-time boosters.... 

Self-Care Is Your Healthcare, 42 , 

Himalayan Healing Salts, €48, 

Sultry Privé Candle, €42, PIPPA COLLECTION

Akerat Body Care Cream, €21, Eau Thermale Avene

Deep Sleep Bath Soak, €26, this works

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