When I am depressed, one thing I’ve found that is always a comfort is a hot shower. It relaxes my body, clears my mind & soothes my soul. There are a few special things I do to treat myself when I’m feeling bad off:
Choose a verse from scripture to meditate on while you relax. This will help calm and focus your thoughts and take you mentally away from your troubles. If you’re looking for a place to start, Psalm 91 has several versus that work well, such as verse 4.
Dim the lights and light a candle. This creates a calming, peaceful atmosphere. I love these Anthropologie candles because they have a light, fruity scent.
Special soaps, shampoos, and body scrubs. I’ve found that having new, fresh scents (instead of my regular, go-to scents) makes my shower extra special. I feel like I am being pampered and can revel in the delicious fragrances that my nose is not accustomed to. I love the smell of Shea Moisture’s Fruit Fusion Coconut Water line for body wash and scrub and find that Burt’s Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser really makes my face feel soft and smooth.
Taking time to put on a special body lotion at the end of the shower, again with a scented lotion that you don’t normally use. Give yourself a full body massage. I absolutely love Trader Joe’s Coconut Body Butter & Pumpkin Body Butter.
If you have time after completing the above at a leisurely pace, I highly recommend giving yourself a manicure and pedicure. That way this calm and refreshing experience will last beyond shower time! Right now I’m obsessed with OPI’s Washington, D.C. line.
What do you do to lift yourself up when you’re struggling with depression or otherwise?
Disclaimer: I am not a medical expert, just a mom who has suffered from PPD. Consult your doctor if you think you have depression, or call 911 if you think you might harm yourself or others.