Shower Therapy

I am a crier. I cry when I’m happy, moved, sad, frustrated or furious (I could seriously be ready to cut someone and I will be sobbing). I think I even cry when I am confused. Thus, it has become imperative that I find I solid hideout for my cries. I let the happy cries fly in public because it is pretty fun for others to watch me cry at Britney Spears videos (I get really happy for her, okay?), but the serious crying? Well, I save that for my shower.

The shower is a phenomenal place to cry – you can really go nuts there. It masks most noise (the acoustics make the dramatic cries fantastic though), it washes the day away (literally) and the whole running makeup business is taken care of.  It also minimizes crying side effects. I’m pretty sure that the massage of the shower on your head diminishes crying headaches and a cool splash prevents too much eye puffiness.  It’s generally a perfectly private place; I would not recommend a gym shower or any public shower if you have hopes for a successful cry.

These simple things make for a very therapeutic shower cry:

1. Hold it in all day as much as you can. Dream of the excellent release you will have as soon as you hit the shower. However, if you must cry right then and there at work, please see this fabulous Hello Giggles How-To for The Work Cry.

2. Make it a super shower. Do your whole extended beauty routine, shaving and all, and just get it all out. Light up an awesome smelling candle it’s you time, after all. Make sure you have some fantastic shampoo and conditioner. This is a great time to let conditioner sit for the correct amount of time (2 minutes? Take four and sob!) and using a great smelling body scrub of some sort is also a bonus. You can really exfoliate with some proper anguish.

3. Make sure your water heater works. This was an unspeakable tragedy for me the other week, although ice-cold water sure stops crying as you gasp for air. I felt like I was getting attacked with a machete instead, but who’s listening? It also presented quite a pickle: Where do you cry when you want to sob about your shower being freezing?

4. Shower tunes. You have to stop crying to sing along! I swear, if anyone ever heard me singing Fiona Apple in my shower… Forget doctoring. I would be signed to a label right then and there.

5. Wrap it up with a fluffy bathrobe and some laughs. I have yet to get to this step, my bathrobe is really lame (by lame I mean I don’t have one). Go set yourself up with some Netflix streaming 30 Rock or something, and perhaps a glass of wine or some hot chocolate.

There. No more tears! It’s all washed away, and down the drain. Oh, and you can always tell people you just got soap in your eyes for a minute.

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  • Amanda Rodriguez

    Haha I’m the same way. I cry with everything I see a puppy I cry because its cute, I went to a concert and wanted to cry because I started thinking about the lead singer probably being excited to be able to do what she does. Goodness I am a bucket of tears. And oh Fiona Apple sing a long cries are totally the best. Some people would probably call me over sensitive, and then i’d be all like Shut up! =,( *tear* haha

  • Frances Vasquez

    thank u so much for writing this! i do this @ least once a week. having 2 small kids, family, & man troubles this really does make me feel so much better. the candle is a SUPER idea & im def upgrading my boy wash(thanks for the tips 😉

    • Sophia Rossi

      I totally agree and really responded to this. I am an expert at crying.

  • Katelin Turner

    I don’t cry with everything, which means they tend to build up. The shower is a great way to release a couple weeks worth of tears. Fiona Apple doesn’t hurt either. lol

  • Ana Marie

    Wonderful post!!! I think ALL women should read this. lol. Who DOESN”T love a good shower sob?? But to actually look forward to it and make it a “cleansing” ritual is SUCH a good idea, that we may not have in the throes of a sob session. lol. LOVE your posts Alexandra!

  • Akiine Kivelä Ngarambe

    HAHAHA! this post is great! i was laughing out loud ahah because i relate to it and 2 minutes ago i was crying over my soar throat! and that’s when i saw this post , read it and had my laugh! it is so funny and true 😀 love it!

  • Jordan McElroy

    I love, love, love, love this! Some people just don’t understand! :)

    • Alexandra

      Oh, I understand!

  • Karen Belz

    When I started reading, I thought “I really wish she included a picture of Tobias in this.” Then – I saw you did! Awesome article.

    • Alexandra

      Love me a never nude cry!

  • Jeannette Dominguez

    LOL!!! This is hilarious, I cry with everything too! Love this post

  • Sabrina Valderrama

    LOL love it, im glad im not the only one who does a good shower cry. I still share a room and I have no privacy so when im all full with emotions I take a shower and let it all out and no one ever knows. ^_^

  • Ashley Lynn Cook

    YES! This article is RIGHT ON! Girl, I am feeling this. The shower seriously has magical properties when it comes to a good sob. Definitely my traditional sob arena. A shower makes everyone feel better…the moment you step out and feel that cool air on your freshly cleaned body! Even a more cleansing experience is an inside cleanse as well. :-) Thanks for the article!

  • Lauren Nespoli

    I don’t cry super easily, but when I feel the need to cry I think the shower is definitely a good place to do it!

  • Miranda Robertson

    Shower cries = awesome, but I live in Australia now and I don’t want to have to continue the crying after I get out of the shower because I just wasted all that water. Maybe I’ll have to save up my cries for once every three months when it rains and go outside and cry in my backyard!!

    • Alexandra

      Girl, I can help fix a drought! Maybe I need an Australia trip… We could water the lands!

  • Alexandra

    You guys, I am thrilled people are feeling this. I knew I wasn’t cray cray! So glad we are all in this together, yet in the privacy of our lovely showers. Viva la Shower Cry, and huzzah for criers!!!

    • Sophie Del

      I know! This article is totally screaming my name! It´s awesome how great you feel afterwards…mm :]

  • Melissa Osorio

    Finally! Someone that understands, lol

  • Jessica Victoria Willock

    I first took to the corner of my bathroom floor right next to the toilet! but recently discovered the shower, I can’t seem to cry though, because I enjoy the shower too much.

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