A Time to Bathe?
I want to start this post by saying I am not a mental health professional. This is a layperson view of how to handle stress. I have had several stress-related jobs in my career, including being a CEO several times and COO for a 730-employee company, that I founded, for a total of 14 years. On top of that, I was given Church responsibilities to be a lay minister for a congregation three different times and then once for a dozen congregations. Also, at one time, my wife and I had five teenagers in our home at the same time (that was not an example of great planning).
I found a way to cope with stress and settle down before beginning each day that served me well over the years. Each morning I would take a one-hour bath. In that time, I would start my mind with a word puzzle and a game with numbers. I would read a chapter of scripture and have a personal prayer to fire up my spirit. Then I would read some fiction to get my imagination going. All the time, I was very relaxed in a tub of warm water. I think immersing most of your body in water is like reentering the womb.
This time I called my personal time or soma. It may not work for everyone, but it helped me through a lot of challenging times.
When I don’t have time for the leisurely bath each day, I still take the time to do those things that get my day started right. It is time I really look forward to.
You say, “That is fine for others, but I am a mother of five kids and finding that time in the morning is impossible.” Instead, find another time and make it your special time each day. It will serve you well both in or out of the water.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: G. Michael Alder, MS, 50-year career of building technology-based businesses