I love a long soak as much as the next girl. There are just those times when taking a bath is not that practical. Either I’m in a rush, or I don’t feel well, or well I’m just too tired to safely soak in a tub. For those days, I enjoy a nice, steaming shower.

I view a shower as a meditation for myself. Not only am I cleaning my body, but I am taking the time to focus my mind. I always feel better after a shower–energized and ready to face whatever is coming my way.

Some tips for making the most of your shower:
Choose your soap carefully. I tend to match my scent to my mood–some days I like something citrus, other days I go for fruity (with berry scents being my favorite), and still others I want something lighter or floral. My personal preference is for soft soaps–either shower gels or the jelly type soaps that Lush puts out. However, there are times when a good old fashioned bar of soap is called for.

Set the water at a comfortable temperature for you. While I prefer hot and steaming, you may be more comfortable with lukewarm water. It’s hard to enjoy yourself if you feel like your skin is on fire or you’re shivering from the cold.

Have towels and a robe ready for you and something (towel, bathmat, etc) covering the floor. It’s rather shocking to step out of a nice steaming shower onto the freezing tile.

Don’t let thoughts about work, classes, family, or that chore that just must be done intrude. This is your time, revel in it.

For an extra treat, I take a damp washcloth and put a little skin oil on it and rub it on myself while my skin is still damp. This makes my feel very soft as it dries.

Also, try to avoid rubbing your body to dry it, gently pat the moisture away and air dry as much as possible. This is where having robe comes in handy. Just pat the excess moisture from your skin and put the robe on until your skin dries on its own. I use this time to grab a cuppa, put on my lotion, or put my hair up.

Even just a few minutes in the morning can really make a difference in my attitude and overall outlook for the day.