Written by: Kim Kunaawathy
Sometimes we tend to get carried away, singing in the shower while making life decisions, almost losing track of time. Showering several times, a week, if not regularly, is essential for optimal health and hygiene. Showering and maintaining personal hygiene contributes to our mental health.
Here’s how a simple shower can uplift your mood:
Proper Showering Routine
Often when we think of a showering routine, we only think of getting in the shower and cleansing ourselves. A proper routine includes brushing teeth, skincare, hair care, or whatever that fits in your showering routine. You may follow these tips:
Nails: One of the best ways to ensure that no dirt accumulates under the nails is to use sanitized tools to cut and keep them short. Trimming your nails once a week will do. You can always add hand moisturizer or cuticle oil if needed.
Dental care: Brush your teeth twice a day to avoid any sort of bacteria accumulating. Inadequate brushing may cause bad breath and other dental diseases like a cavity.
Skin Care: A simple skincare routine will help you feel good about yourself. A toner and a moisturizer will keep your skin moist and glowing the entire day.
Perfume: Everyone has a perfume that will uplift their mood instantly. A scent has direct access to three of the brain’s most significant regions – awareness, memory, and the amygdala, which aids in smell classification and is closely related to our emotions and mood. Adding a small amount of your favourite perfume on your wrist or neck will do.
Taking a shower regularly also has a positive effect on creative thinking. When a procedure, such as showering, is replicated over a period, it may become autonomous. When a physical task becomes self-contained and straightforward, we are more likely to ‘turn off’ our conscious brain and activate the subconscious and artistic parts.
Meditation in Shower
If you have trouble meditating in a regular environment, try a few minutes in the shower. Since your body is still relaxed, it should be easier to clear your mind and rest in your hydrating refuge. Simply shut your eyes and focus on slow, long breaths. Keep your mind quiet and your attention on the current moment. The sound of running water and the aroma of essential oils can give you total relief.
The Benefits of a Cold Shower
Cold baths have been found to alleviate depressive symptoms. A cold shower sends an excessive abundance of electrical signals from nerve endings to the brain, which may have a powerful anti-depressant effect due to the high density of nerve cold receptors in the scalp. Furthermore, cold water pumps natural endorphins into the bloodstream and brain, which will help improve mood.
Our lifestyle exposes us to a lot of blue light (mobile devices and computers). Natural light will improve your mood and help you in sleeping better. In the evenings, try shutting off the lights and bathing by candlelight. Artificial light suppresses melatonin at night, interfering with sleep.
Adding Essential Oils
Essentials oils are known to release stress and anxiety. For example, the scent of lavender has been shown to decrease blood pressure and heart rate, allowing you to relax. The more comfortable you are, the more likely you are to fall asleep peacefully.
You also can add essential oils to your shower gel or shampoo. If you do not fancy adding it to your bath routine, you could always use diffusers and leave it in your bathroom as well.
Simple methods such as the ones above can make a substantial difference in our mental well-being. Take that shower, practise personal hygiene, and you will feel better in no time.