Do you ever wake up exhausted? If so, you’re not alone.
Motivationally speaking, mornings can be difficult. I’m not sure anyone really loves mornings. It’s tempting to hit the snooze button (a couple of times). The issue is, snoozing that way confuses your brain.
Hal Elrod, the author of the “Miracle Morning,” has spoken to thousands of people about how they feel in the morning. He’s found that just about everyone has this issue. He calls this the wake-up motivational level (WUML).
The good news is there are several things you can do to increase your WUML from a level 1 (no way I’m getting up) to a level 10 (ready to wake up and embrace the day).
What if I told you you could boost your energy levels, as though you’d taken a shot of espresso, in under two minutes?
In this article, we’ll explore an easy two-minute energy-boosting hack, look at whether a hot or cold shower is best, how often you should shower, as well as discover the “Energising Shower Method.” So that you can enjoy an early morning energy boost, simply by optimising how you approach showering.
Will a Shower Give You Energy? (or Sap It)
Interestingly, a warm shower will prepare you for rest.
A warm shower heats your body up, and afterwards your temperature will plummet. Sending signals to your central nervous system (CNS) that it’s time for rest. Which is the last thing you’ll want if you’ve found it hard to get out of bed in the first place.
There’s a neat hack that I’ll get into to ensure that you start your day with a bang. In fact, there are several simple strategies that we’ll explore to make sure you wake up ready to take on the world.
Hot Water Shower vs Cold Water Shower
A warm shower won’t wake you up. They’re best suited to a bedtime routine.
The ideal type of shower to have to wake you up is a cold shower. If the very thought of a cold shower sends shivers down your spine, then there is one trick that you can use to invigorate yourself in the shower.
You might be asking – are night or morning showers better? It all depends on the temperature of the water you’re using.
A Long Soothing Hot Shower
Hot showers are relaxing and are best accompanied by soothing scents like:
Invigorating Cold Showers
Cold showers are great for mornings and ideal coupled with energising scents like:
Easy 2 Minute Energy Boosting Shower Hack
This one trick will help you feel geared up for the day.
Simply let your shower warm up as usual, then alternate between hot and cold water. I’d suggest starting with hot, to ease yourself in. Then turn the temperature to cold for 30 seconds. Here’s a simple guide:
- Hot water- 30 seconds
- Cold water – 30 seconds
- Hot water – 30 seconds
- Cold water – 30 seconds
You want to change the temperature from one extreme to the other. From the hottest temperature you can handle (not boiling though!), to the coldest. This is called hot and cold hydrotherapy and has been proven to improve immunity and provide relief from asthma, fatigue, anxiety, as well as helping with the management of pain.
If all that seems a bit too shocking, try working up to it. Go from lukewarm to hot, and note the temperature on your shower. Each day, go a little bit colder until you’re a master at shower hydrotherapy.
The Energiser Shower Method
Another way to wake yourself up is to add dead sea salts to a wet facecloth, with a few drops of pine oil. Use your cloth to energise your skin and scalp. Then use a body brush to stimulate your lymphatic system. Making circular motions and working toward the heart.
The pine oil is cleansing, deodorising and good for your lungs. While dead sea salts will strengthen your skin, improve blood circulation, exfoliate your skin and balance your skin’s natural pH levels.
You can enhance your shower routine by investing in a shower filter. This will remove impurities like chlorine and other nasties that irritate your skin and scalp.
Boldly Hang Herbs in Your Shower
If you want to spice things up, you can hang invigorating herbs in your shower. Either in a vase or tied to your shower head. Before you do so, roll over the herbs with a rolling pin to release the scent.
Conversely, you can use lavender or chamomile for your warm bedtime shower. Bunch the herb together and hang it upside down in your shower cubicle. The herbs should last around about a week.
How Often Should You Shower? (Not As Much As You’d Think)
Like most things in the health space, the frequency of your showers will depend on your lifestyle choices.
Some dermatologists say that showering every day is bad for your skin. This is especially true if you don’t have a purifier in your shower.
Your skin will change from season to season. Meaning a daily shower might be fine in summer, but in winter it can dry your skin and scalp out.
Many people have more than one shower a day, however expert dermatologists state that we should scale back to one a day, or fewer. I’m not convinced that’ll work in all cases.
People who work out or have a job that requires heavy labour will need to shower more often. In this case, a shower purifier would be an essential investment.
Itchy, Flaky Skin and Brittle Hair
Showering too frequently and swimming in a chlorinated swimming pool can result in itchy skin, scalp and brittle hair.
Often this is due to the chemicals in the water.
For a long time, the government insisted that our water was completely safe. More recently, they have admitted that there are toxic chemicals in the water. Which need to be removed to prevent both skin and deeper health issues.
The Bottom Line
Taking steps to implement an energising morning shower routine can help you start the day on the right foot. Ready to take on the challenges of the day, and live your best life.
Modest tweaks to your shower routine, such as installing a shower filter, alternating the temperature (or taking a cold shower), adding some essential oils or herbs, and using dead sea salts can make a world of difference.
Written by best-selling author and integrative nutrition health coach Rowanna Watson, who has a passion for natural health. Rowanna is an expert in all areas of holistic health, plant-based nutrition, detoxification and personal development.
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Your skin will change from season to season. A daily shower might be fine in summer, but in winter can dry your skin and scalp out.