In this article, I’m going to answer, ‘can you meditate in the shower?’
The benefits of meditation are well documented, the problem most of us have is finding the time.
You may not have known, but you can meditate while doing all kinds of things; like driving, walking, running errands, and even while you’re in the shower!
Here’s why meditating in the shower is a great idea, some of the benefits, and how you can do it!
Can You Meditate in the Shower?
The answer is, yes! You can meditate in the shower.
In fact, it’s a great idea!
Here’s why; when you’re in the shower, you’re already in a relaxed state (unless you’re running late!).
Also, simply taking a shower has a number of health benefits – both physical and mental – so you’re effectively supercharging your shower time.
If you’re new to meditation, you might have an idea in your head about sitting in a dark room with your legs crossed, this isn’t the case.
You can meditate, in particular, perform mindful meditation, while doing just about anything that allows you to pay attention to your breath and what’s around you.
Related – Here is how to meditate safely in the bath!
How to Meditate While in the Shower
The great thing about meditating in the shower is that you’ve done mindfulness meditation before, you don’t have to do anything differently than you normally would!
Mindful meditation is all about being aware of your breath and what’s around you.
So, when you’re in the shower, simply pay attention to the water on your skin, the feel of the soap, and the sound of the water.
Allow yourself to fully experience each sensation without judgment.
If your mind wanders – which it will – simply bring your attention back to your breath and the sensations around you.
This is all I do;
I start by taking 5-7 deep breaths in through my nose and slowly exhaling out through my mouth.
I pay attention to how it feels as the air enters my nose, travels into my chest, and leaves my body.
After a few deep breaths, I allow my consciousness to shift over to how it feels as the water hits my skin, the sensation of it, the smell of the fresh water and soap, and what I’m experiencing in the moment.
After a few minutes, I bring my attention back to my breathing – and I always feel more relaxed like a weight has been lifted.
For me, meditating in the shower definitely leaves me feeling recharged – and with a bit of a profound feeling as meditating often does.
Benefits of Meditating While in the Shower
The benefits of meditation are well-documented;
- reduced stress, anxiety, and depression;
- increased focus, concentration, and memory;
- improved sleep;
- lower blood pressure;
- reduced inflammation;
- and much more.
When you add in the benefits of taking a shower, it’s like the perfect combination!
Showering helps ease muscle aches and pains, reduces swelling, increases blood flow, clears your sinuses, and reduces the symptoms of anxiety and depression, to mention just a few of the benefits.
So, not only are you reaping the benefits of meditation, but you’re also getting all of the benefits that come with taking a shower!
Is It Safe to Meditate in the Shower?
As long as you’re careful, yes!
It’s always important to be aware of your surroundings and what you’re doing – especially if you’re in a slippery place like the shower.
I recommend that you start by meditating for just a few minutes at first until you get used to the sensation of being in the shower and being aware of your breath and the water.
If you have any medical conditions that could make being in the shower dangerous, please consult with your doctor before trying to meditate in the shower.
Otherwise, enjoy the benefits of mindful meditation while supercharging your shower time!
Best Meditation Apps to Use in the Shower
Personally, I prefer using apps and guided meditations, but seeing as I don’t have waterproof earphones the shower is the one place I don’t use an app.
You could just play a guided track out of speakers, but I find the other noises distracting.
If you do have waterproof earphones or want to play a guided track, I recommend downloading InsightTimer, this is the best meditation app in my opinion.
You’ll have access to more than 100,000 meditations, covering every type of meditation you could possibly think of.
Meditating in the shower is a great way to start your day or wind down after a long day.
It’s easy to do and you don’t need any special equipment, just be aware of your breath and the sensations around you.
If you’re new to meditation, start with just a few minutes until you get used to it. I’m confident it’s going to change your day for the better!
Image credits – Photo by Andrea Davis on Unsplash
Phil lives in England, UK, and has around 20 years experience as a professional life, career and executive coach. He started this blog to help others find and define their own self development journey. Blogging about a wide range of topics to help facilitate a better future.