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Stress in the Shower

I don’t know about you, but I am feeling a bit overwhelmed and stressed about this time of year! I don’t know that this Weekly Update will de-stress your life any, but I do know that with it comes good thoughts and understanding! 

Speaking of stress, last week was especially stressful, and I knew it by what happened in my shower . . . now I have your attention! 

If you are like me, you have a sequence of how you take a shower. The order of how I wash my body parts is always the same. I don’t have to think about it. I just do it. Here is my order (don’t worry if yours is different, there is no right or wrong :-) ) First I wash and condition my hair, then I wash my face with my special scrub brush, and next comes . . . well . . . everything below the neck.

On that morning, it was going to be a busy day at work and as I got into the shower I was reviewing my schedule in my head, rehearsing the hard conversations I needed to have, planning for responses to the questions I expected. As you would expect, I have been showering for quite a while now, most of my life in fact, so I have it down to a fine art! 

Head was busy, so motor memory took over for my hands. Next thing I know I am stepping out of the shower and drying off. I put on my makeup (not as quick a process as it used to be!), I dried my hair, and then I happened to walk past the shower and look inside. There on the bench was my folded washcloth . . . unused! In all my distraction, I started at the top and washed my hair . . . yes, it was wet . . . I washed my face . . . I distinctly remember using my special little brush . . . but I had left off the next steps! Everything below my neck! Unfortunately, that is a significant portion of the bathing process! 

I do remember my professors telling me that stress can debilitate you, but they never mentioned that it would make me not practice good hygiene! So, what would you do? Well, I was not about to mess up all that makeup and hair drying . . . that is hard enough the first time. So I stepped back into the shower, fully “made up” and took what my mother would have called a “spit bath.” Not easy with dried hair and full makeup! 

Now the men in the group have no appreciation for what all this means. They are wondering why I re-showered anyway. Hadn’t water at least run over the rest of me when I washed my hair?? What more do you need? :-) (love ya, guys!) 

I share these intimate details of my very crazy day to remind you that stress sometimes makes us forget what is important and causes us to do things we wouldn’t normally do. In this very stressful, busy time . . . take care of YOU and then you will be better able to take care of OTHERS!

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