Thursday, April 29, 2010


I know that you are thinking that someone who has my schedule has no time for this. But even on the days that I work 15 hours, or days like yesterday where I work 13.5 hours and then go to the gym for 45 minutes of the elliptical, (YES I DID THAT, I am SO proud!!) I have 20 minutes before bed to relax. Really hard core greeners, avert your eyes.. because I take a 20 minute shower almost every night.
Yes, that's right. This is how I wind down. I have little to no time for naps, lounging, TV watching any day of the week. So I indulge with the shower. Let me tell you how it works: I light a candle and shut off the lights. I have a bath pillow, and when I get in the shower, I lay down. Yes, I lay down in the shower. I don't wash hair, face, nothing for at least 10 minutes. I lay there, brain shut off, hot water coming down, and I relax. I let my muscles de-compress. I put my feet up, put my head on the pillow, and I just breathe in the candlelight. I have been known to drift off for a couple of minutes in the shower. It is SO relaxing.
When I can tell that I won't have hot water for much longer, I wash up and get out. Due to my dry skin, I use baby oil AND lotion, and the combination smells amazing and makes me sleepy for some reason. I get into something really comfy, and go directly to bed. Usually, this makes me go right to sleep, and I will sleep well. Even though I'm sure some people will be mad at me for wasting water, I need this. I need this 20 minutes at the end of a crazy day where I can sit, relax, clear my head, wind down, even cry once in a while. I will never shower in the morning regularly again. I think I have trained myself to get sleepy with this ritual. I highly suggest doing this if anyone out there has a crazy stressful day. Light a candle, get the water hot, lay down, and just BE for a while. Warning... it's a super addictive habit. You will never be the same.

Goodnight everyone :)


Leiah said...

Hmmmm...I have a stand-alone shower (in a corner no less) so there's not really enough room to lie down but I wonder if a nice soak in my old claw-foot tub would help get rid of that damn insomnia that has taken up residence again. I think I'll give it a try. Right now!

Nikosmommy said...

No shame in using lots of glorious hot water to relax. It's your one indulgence in the day so I say go for it! Sounds like a great nighttime routine!

LiLu said...

I am so jealous. Our stupid shower has ZERO water pressure, so what used to be ten minutes of heaven for me (I love SUPER hot showers) is now just one more thing I rush through. Le sigh.