The shower is the perfect place to practice Mindfulness. I take a shower every day, and at least at the same time every day, which is a good trigger to not forget this new habit . Instead of taking an automatic shower or putting my boss, the bank manager and a lot of other people in the shower with me, I have turned a simple shower into a special moment of the day.
Practicing Mindfulness in the shower has made me find in my day a moment for a parenthesis and to disconnect from my problems and my thousands of thoughts. It is a relaxing moment for me, without having to go to a Spa for it. It is my moment.
If taking a shower for us is part of our routine and we do it automatically, it is normal for our mind to wander around looking for more interesting matters to think about that do not really exist. The challenge is not to let those thoughts invade us , and turn the shower moment into something important, to enjoy it and enrich ourselves with it.
I tell you how I do this little Mindfulness ritual in the shower.
5 steps to practice Mindfulness in the shower
Step 1: Accept yourself and admire your body. Undress in front of the mirror and admire your body. Accept it as it is, without judgment or criticism. Love yourself as you are.
Step 2. Leave your thoughts out of the shower. From the moment you turn on the tap, you regulate the temperature and enter the shower, focus on what you feel, and let your thoughts pass. Little by little they will disappear. If during the shower you realize that you have engaged in a thought and it has taken you away from the experience of showering, kindly return to your sensations and continue feeling them.
Step 3. Focus on the sensations. Enjoy the sensations. Feel the water fall on your head and slide down your back, your chest, your legs … Immerse yourself in the smells of your gel or shampoo. Take your bath gel and slowly lather with it, enjoying its soft soapy texture. Note how your skin cleanses, eliminating toxins and leaving your skin soft and radiant. Massage your hair gently, noticing your soft wet hair between your fingers, enjoy the pleasant sensation of rubbing your scalp, behind your ears, your forehead … Rinse with plenty of water, feeling like you drag the foam from your skin, as they leave toxins, bad thoughts, problems, and they are dragged into the sink, disappearing forever.
Step 4. Thanks. When you finish, if you feel like it, thank the shower, for having been there, for being able to have running water, because that water is warm or hot, for having soap to clean your body and your hair. Thank you for being there, for feeling, for enjoying that moment.
Step 5. Take care when you get out of the shower. Get out of the shower slowly, paying attention to the contact of your feet with your mat. Dry your body and hair gently, feeling the warm contact of the towel. Hydrate your skin, feeling the smell of the moisturizer you use, the smooth texture of sliding the cream through every part of your body. Try not to have thoughts at this time either. If any appear, kindly let it go.
And you can get dressed and continue with your routine. I notice that at first it is not easy, especially if you are a very mental person like me. Don’t judge yourself anyway if you don’t make it perfect , just do your best. This Mindfulness exercise in the shower can be a good opportunity to integrate Mindfulness and meditation into your day to day.