Day 06 – Take a Shower (Or a Bath!) | 31 Day Stress Reduction Challenge

31 Day Stress Reduction ChallengeAs a personal challenge, I have decided to embark on a 31-day challenge to lower my stress level, and make staying at home not so overwhelming. Each day, I will focus on one area of my life that can be cleaned up or addressed to help make my life just a teensy bit easier – and less stressful.

I know cleanliness is a given. You take a shower everyday (in theory). But how long do you really spend just enjoying the warm water, taking a few minutes for reflection, or just enjoying the sound of the water (and nothing else!)?

My husband can spend hours in the shower. It drives me bananas. I am in and out in less than ten minutes. I usually have about 10 minutes before one or both kids lose their mind. I shower with purpose. Forget taking a bath – I haven’t done that since we were in our last house – and that was six months ago.

But I am starting to think that this long shower concept actually is a great thing. How else to wash off the stresses of the day? And a bath – that would be magical. I remember how relaxing it was to take a bath when I was pregnant. The calm, the necessity to close the bathroom door, sometimes there were even candles involved.

So today, I am committing to taking a long shower. Water conservation be damned, I have taken less than my fair share for years. But in making that commitment, I know that it has to be carefully planned. Instead of waiting for that magical, mythical time when both kids are napping, I will wait till they are both asleep. I will step into the bathroom, dim the lights, lock the door and take my hard earned shower.

I might even make it to 15 minutes!

Til Tomorrow!

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7 comments

    1. It seems so easy to me, but there are always 9,000 things I need to do “more” than taking care of myself. Maybe I will step away from the computer before midnight 🙂

  1. I love your commitment to stress relief! You deserve a nice, long shower 🙂 Hope it’s fantastic! Thanks for linking up at the Manic Mondays blog hop. Hope to see you there next time!

    1. Thanks for the blog hop! I definitely have needed to take a step back and stop being a walking stress ball.

  2. I can totally relate! With five children, a bath/shower are usually a luxury and done quick around here 🙂 Well, plus we’re on a well…but I totally agree, sometimes indulgence is a must!!!
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    1. Wow, five kids and a well. You definitely need a little indulgence. I just joined up, thanks for stopping by and reminding me 🙂

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