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.