Sometimes you do something so regularly that it simply becomes second nature, and you neglect to contemplate the benefits. But the daily shower deserves some appreciation, considering its ability to naturally refresh, renew and replenish the mind, body and soul.
Similar to the benefits of bathing, the pastime of showering promotes positivity. However, it’s also considered a more hygienic, energy-saving and time-efficient alternative to tub time.
So, perhaps it’s time to become consciously aware of the impacts of that daily rinse by probing into the power of showering in the bathroom.
SHOWERING IS THE PERFECT WAKE UP CALL
By reinvigorating both mind and body, it’s perhaps no great surprise that taking a shower in the morning is considered the greatest wake up call – particularly when time is tight.
Forget the morning coffee; the impactful sensation of warm water on your face and body is simply the best for circulation. Hitting the shower in the morning allows you to start the day feeling more naturally refreshed, revitalised and ready to go.
SHOWERING IS TIME-OUT TIME
A quiet, stress-free refuge away from modern life’s many distractions, showers provide the perfect time-out time. That sense of private seclusion whilst showering can become very liberating too – no wonder many feel inclined to sing in the shower.
Also, being subjected to such a safe, relaxing environment can decrease the stress hormone cortisol. This can alleviate any worries and open up our potential, free from any limiting inhibitions.
Showers can help promote daily mindfulness and heighten awareness too. This is due to your brain releasing the pleasure hormone dopamine, when relaxed. As a result, a solution to that brain-taxing problem you spent all night on can suddenly surface in the shower. It’s no wonder showering is recommended for boosting creativity too.
It can also boost your mood, help you overcome stress and adopt a brighter outlook on life. So, if you ever feel lost in the wilderness, try taking a rinse to clear the cobwebs; you may be surprised by how quickly things turn around.
An evening shower an hour or two before bed can also assist your sleep pattern. There’s nothing like washing away the dirt of the day and feeling refreshed as you hit the bedsheets.
Akin to taking a bath, when your body temperature naturally cools down after showering in warm water, it’ll intensify your circadian rhythm and signal the sleeping hormone melatonin. This will help you naturally drift off to a deeper sleep state with greater ease.
Who hasn’t felt the instantly healing benefits of a shower the next morning…particularly after a heavy night? Well, there’s plenty of reasons to support the rejuvenating effects of a morning-after rinse.
Warm showers (and indeed, warm baths) help to rid the body of those unpleasant toxins by encouraging the body to sweat. It also gets your circulation moving again. All of this supports why showers can alleviate hangovers.
THE PERFECT EMPOWERING SHOWER
Now that you have absorbed all that optimistic information, you might be wondering how best to experience the ultimate empowering shower. Time efficiency is undoubtedly much more achievable in a shower as opposed to a leisurely, soak-inducing bath. Indeed, to support this, it has been suggested the longer you take in a shower, and the hotter the water temperature, the more likely your skin will dry out. Time and temperature are thus of the essence.
Dermatologists recommend rather than taking a hot shower, a slightly warm or lukewarm one is best. Spending five to ten minutes is the ideal timeframe, depending on your washing requirements. Five minutes should be ample time for a basic rinse, with an additional five minutes for washing your hair. As you come toward the end of your wash, slowly turn the tap to a cooler temperature for a final rinse. This will give you an invigorating boost as you step out ready to start your day.