Self-care Hacks for Busy Moms When a Bath Isn’t Happening

Self-care for Busy Moms - Easy Hacks to Make Your Shower Time as Luxurious as a Bath

I am the queen of baths, and I practice a lot of self-care by just relaxing in the bath. I sit alone with my thoughts, read a book, sip a glass of wine, pamper my face, exfoliate my body, and more. It’s a whole experience for me. With a busy schedule and crazy kids, though, a relaxing bath just isn’t always in the cards. If you’re like me or you just don’t like baths, these self-care hacks for busy moms who need to shower are just what you need.

Showering mommas deserve pampering, too!

Turn a Bath Bomb Into a Shower Steamer

Shower steamers are a great aromatherapy alternative to bath bombs when you just don’t have the time or desire to take a bath. In a pinch, though, half of a bath bomb works just as well. I like to put mine right under the water spray on high heat about a minute or so before I step in. This gives the bath bomb enough time to start working its magic but not too much time that it’s gone when I get in.

The steamy water makes all of the bath bomb goodness float right up!

Waterproof Your Kindle / eReader

I know someone somewhere makes fancy waterproof holders for tablets, Kindles, and phones, but if you really want to get in the self-care hack spirit, use a plain old ziplock bag. Make sure it’s good and sealed before bringing your device into the shower, but it’ll certainly do the trick. Before I start my shower I load up my latest book on the Kindle app on my phone, and moments later I can bring my reading right into the shower with me. It really makes it feel like like I’m getting to relax and read in the bath.

Use a Shower Door Side Table

In the bath, sipping a glass of wine is just a matter of setting it on the rim of the tub or on a handy bathtub tray. In the shower, that’s not exactly possible. My favorite self-care hack is to use a shelf-like toilet paper holder to double as a side table right outside my shower door. Larger ones can even accommodate a few candles.

Because you absolutely cannot ever have too many candles.

Unscrew the Lightbulbs

Your bathroom might have a dimmer switch, but mine just isn’t that fancy. While it’s on my list of things to install eventually, for now, one of my self-care hacks for busy moms remains unscrewing the light bulbs. I typically will keep one of three in and lit. Then I shut the blinds tightly and light my favorite aromatherapy candles.

The dim light and flickering candles helps to create the ambience that I miss when I’m showering instead of laying back in a warm bath.

16 thoughts on “Self-care Hacks for Busy Moms When a Bath Isn’t Happening

    • Tiffany Barry says:

      I found mine at an antique shop. It is a corner style toilet paper holder that double as a little table for me. Works perfectly and looks way cuter than just the tall metal toilet paper holder we used to have.

    • Tiffany Barry says:

      I tend to have the best luck with the ones that are HEAVILY scented. I like subtler scents in my baths, so I keep a stash of really strong ones (I’m looking at you Lush) and use those in the shower instead.

  1. Nati says:

    Really neat ideas! I never thought of using a bath bomb in the shower but I’d love to try! I’m not quite sure of having fully understood how it works though… What’s exactly a shower steamer? Is that a separate device?

    • Tiffany Barry says:

      Shower steamers are usually really compact, highly scented tablets that dissolve in the bottom of your shower. They’re usually very identical in formula to bath bombs. Most just have more aromatic ingredients rather than anything extra for the skin like bath bombs do.

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