Before the coronavirus pandemic, the shower, for most of us, used to be a very different place. In the morning it was our often shocking attempt to wake our body out of slumber and a rushed moment to go over the day’s hectic schedule.
Now the shower may be the only moment of escape from children and partners and for many of us, just a thing we sometimes do when we start to smell bad. Just like pants with buttons, a shower seems like an optional task these days.
But according to experts, you are missing a prime opportunity with your shower. Your shower could substitute as a meditation studio and get you in the right mindset to tackle your day. Mindfulness expert Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D., and Girlboss Radio host and Girlboss CEO Sophia Amoruso teamed up with Skintimate’s on their new Mindful Shower Meditations. Through a video series on YouTube you can have a 5-10 minute mindful shower and come out ready to focus and be productive or, at the very least, not kill your children. Watch one of the videos below.
A full sensory shower
Amoruso told Ladders that her quarantine life includes, “Giving myself permission to do what we need to do. Sometimes that means meditating, sometimes that means just taking a break and not holding ourselves accountable for having the perfect diet and a really rigid schedule and being the most perfectly well-rounded person because we are all dealing with a lot of anxiety right now. But what we can do in our homes is change ourselves and our environment. That’s pretty much all we can do. Whether that means changing what you see and moving your furniture around and redecorating your place or taking advantage of something we all have which is a shower. To not be on our phones and to create a sensory experience for ourselves is another way to change our environment. I’ve been taking a moment in the shower and bringing sound and sense into the equation which really transports me from this place I cannot leave right now.”
The guided meditations in the Skintimate package also include the brand’s new body care line to help you have a full sensory experience. If you are wondering why smelling nice things is going to help you focus more and not just come out smelling like roses, Shapiro said, “Each sensory detail helps the brain focus attention in the present moment. As we attend to our experience, we are able to slow down and savor each moment. Further, the more vivid we make an experience, the more ingrained it becomes in your permanent memory. As we welcome all of our senses, noting what we see, smell, hear, touch, each detail acts as a tiny hook that allows our brain to store the experience in long term memory and learning.
Mindful or mindless
Many studies have shown that showers promote creativity and focus and can also help us sleep better. Shapiro also notes they can limit stress and anxiety. “There is no better place to slow down in the shower because you’re there anyway,” Amoruso said. “To fully just be there getting calm in our mind, it’s a matter of reframing our minds and experience. “You think improving focus is sitting at your computer grinding out countless Google docs but it’s actually quite the opposite. We have to take time away to make space for ourselves to really recharge so we can do our best and be productive during this time.”
Shapiro added, “The shower is a wonderful place to practice mindfulness for many reasons. First, it is a private space where you will not be interrupted. Second, it is an easy place to bring alive our senses – smelling, hearing, touching. Lastly, the shower is a natural place of self-care, bringing
mindfulness to this typically automatic routine helps deepen this self-care.”
Though the bath often gets credit for being more relaxing and helpful for your mental health than the shower, a sensory shower may just help you survive this quarantine. And smell really good too. It may even inspire you to put on pants.
To create a daily meditation experience in the shower here are Shapiro’s steps:
1. Create a clear intention for why you want to practice, what motivates you to begin? e.g. To cultivate greater ease and
2. Commit to an attainable goal, e.g. five minutes per day that you schedule in your calendar.
3. Find a place to practice that is quiet and supportive.
4. Practice every day. Daily practice is crucial for developing a habit.
5. Remember to be kind and curious.