Baths are the best form of self-care available. Beyond just getting you clean, a warm bath can help reduce pain in your muscles, lower your blood pressure and so much more. According to LittleThings.com, baths are the best way to relax:
Sitting in a bath forces you to stop multitasking and just take a few moments for yourself.
According to TubYoga, increasing your body temperature can improve circulation, calm your nervous system, detoxify your body, and release endorphins. These endorphins make you feel good and can get rid of the stress that builds up throughout the day.
But some can't shake the idea of baths being a dirtier alternative. Many people perceive baths to be a tub full of dirty water once you dive in, and if you've spent the whole day sweating, a bath probably isn't your best option. Per Hygiene Expert:
If your body is heavily soiled for example after playing outdoors sports, it may be beneficial to have a shower instead of or before a bath so that residual dirt is not left on the skin.
Showering can be invigorating and increase energy levels. Dirt is washed away immediately and it is generally thought that a shower uses less water than a bath.
The science of the bath goes far beyond simply feeling relaxed when submerged in warm water, bubbles and salts. Per Town and Country:
Obviously settling into warm water feels good, but that pleasure happens to have staying power. According to psychologist Neil Morris, who surveyed 80 people, bathing can diminish feelings of depression and pessimism because "Baths give you...a wonderful combination of isolation, quiet, and comfort."