How to De-Stress: Hot Shower Edition


Well into the school year and cruising towards the hectic holiday season, the Professor has noticed that stress levels are on the rise for kids and parents alike. At least that seems to be the case for many of the Professor’s favorite bloggers. Melissa of Fun Saving Moneyrecently shared a photo of her two “little balls of energy” and notes that while her life wouldn’t be complete without them, finding time for peace and quiet is also important.

A trip to the spa might be every mom’s ideal way to relax, but for a family on a budget, a spa getaway must be a rare treat at best. A great affordable, easily accessible solution is a multi-function showerhead like the Monoglide hand held shower head from American Standard. The Monoglide offers four soothing spray patterns that you can easily change with a flick of the thumb on a non-slip sliding button. And as the hip mom at Retail Therapy Lounge notes, the Monoglide’s water-saving 1.5 gallon per minute flow rate means that you can indulge in an extra long shower without worrying about wasting water.

Another de-stressing benefit to a hand held shower head like the Monoglide is that difficult tasks like bathing the kids can become easier and less stressful. Laurie of, for instance, told the Professor that she was interested in a hand shower because bath time was miserable with her daughters who, like most kids, hated getting water in their faces. Both of her girls have long hair, so Laurie needed something that could better rinse their hair and also help teach them how to properly wash. Laurie reported that the Monoglide hand shower did just that, and that there was even giggling instead of crying in the shower! And perhaps best of all, the girls did it themselves and felt very proud that they didn’t need any help.

Of course kids aren’t the only ones who can have a better shower with the Monoglide. The Professor also agrees with Libby of Libby’s Library that a soothing shower is a great healthy way to destress instead of turning to the cookie jar (or liquor cabinet!) at the end of a difficult day. The other great thing about using a shower as relaxation time is that – if you are surrounded by noisy children as Beth of Simply Budgeted is – the closed bathroom door combined with the white noise of the shower guarantees you at least a few minutes of peace, quiet, and solitude.

Read the opinions of other Moms on the stresses in their lives by visiting these other great blogs:
Jabbering Jessi
Lollipops and Pickles
Macaroni Kid Moms of Hillsborough and Hunterdon
Raising My 5 Sons
Woman of Hope and Prayer

Want to win your own?  Check out the giveaway underway at Macaroni Kid of Hunterdon.
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Awesome post! My way of de-stressing would be taking a long bubble bath while listening to Enya. Yes, it sounds like cliché, but hey, you asked! : ) Great article American Standard. Professor Toilet is looking good as always!


I destress by having a warm bath and relaxing with a cup of Peppermint tea.


I absolutely want one Of these shower heads! Saving that much water would be great! My faucet releases 5 gallons of water a minute! It takes 4 minutes just to get hot water!


Bubble baths are the ultimate de-stress for me. Or super hot showers. then comfy pants, tea, chocolate and a romantic comedy.


De-stressing always involves a LONG HOT shower immediately followed up by a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon and Andrea Bocelli flowing from the speakers!


Sitting down with a cup of tea after a relaxing shower

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