If there is one activity that I find pleasurable and want to do leisurely is taking a bath. I don’t have a bath tub where I can soak my stress away. I have a small shower area and I use a pail and dipper. But that is fine because all I need is just 10 minutes or so of washing time exclusively for myself. And I don’t want to be harried in doing it.
No, it is not that I have a complicated bathing regimen. Except for the conditioner that I apply on my long hair, I have a pretty much wash-and-wear routine. I shampoo my hair and condition it and then soap my body. The only thing that I ask is some hot water. Somehow, taking a hot bath comforts me because the hot water soothes my muscles. And with it, I can take a bath anytime of the day, even early in the morning without my teeth shivering.
Despite my simple routine, I like bath time because it is my ME time. I am alone, I get to clean myself and come out smelling fresh, and somehow, the sound of water flowing and splashing has a calming effect on me. When I come out of the bath, I feel really good.
And for me, bath time is like a sacred time. I am alone to my thoughts with only the sound of the water. I get to think and remember things that I would otherwise forget. I plan out my day, mind check on my payables, or just do some thinking.
And this is why I really get irritated when I am interrupted or get rushed when I am taking a bath for any reason. I know that some reasons are more important than others but I feel like opening the bathroom door when I am in the shower is sacrilege (okay, I’m exaggerating). It’s just that when I am interrupted, my thoughts fly out the window and it seems that I have to gather the pieces of my brain afterwards. And it takes a while. Also it seems that every time I am interrupted, I feel like I have to rush through the process. I feel it is unfair because I only take a very short while in the bathroom and it could not be given to me?
Oh well, but then it happens. So I just live with it. There is really no use ruining my day over it. I guess, this is just wishful thinking.
Sigrid - Bacolod Blogger
Sigrid is a work at home mom and Bacolod blogger who tries to juggle taking care of the kids, homeschooling in Bacolod, covering events, designing, writing, and blogging. After finishing her degree in Mass Communications from the University of St. La Salle, she went on to become a news reporter/writer for a local daily and eventually pursued a career in advertising as a copywriter and graphics designer. After her stint in the corporate world, she became a freelance writer, contributing to national and international publications covering a variety of topics. She was a contributing food writer to COOK Magazine before she became a food and mommy blogger. She blogs at: