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Shower At Night Or In The Morning? Your Body And Habits Tell The Answer

Shower At Night Or In The Morning? Your Body And Habits Tell The Answer

The time of day when you shower depends upon personal preference typically, but research shows that showering in the morning versus the evening has different perks for people.

Proponents of evening showers swear by how relaxed they become before falling into bed afterwards. They also say showering at night saves you time in the morning. But fans of a morning shower time love how a splash of water wakes them up and gets them recharged for their day. Even Benjamin Franklin washed up in the morning. So are there any points we can take into consideration to decide when should be our optimal shower time?

Morning Shower Time

1. You find it difficult to wake up in the morning

Morning showers usually help you wake up. Sleep experts at Kansas State note that a morning shower revs your engines and brings you to an alert state. Showers at night will keep you awake longer, which can be a problem for insomniacs. In fact, one study shows that blasting yourself with cold water at the end of a morning shower will really wake you up.

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2. You work out in the morning

If you exercise in the morning, which fitness experts recommend, you’ll need to shower or else risk being fired or losing friends because you smell. Personal development coach Ryan Whiteside explains why morning exercise, followed by a refreshing shower, will start your day off right.

3. You need to be creative for your job

A morning shower time is perfect if you want to get your creative juices flowing first thing. Harvard University psychology lecturer Shelley Carson references what psychologists call the incubation period, that time when those “wheels are turning” and the lightbulb comes on with an answer. Carson says a morning shower allows people to enter that incubation period and have “aha” moments.

4. You easily cut yourself when shaving

If you shave in the morning, shower in the morning. That’s because the human body receives a boost in those clot-forming platelets in the morning that you need to stop the bleeding when you accidentally knick yourself.

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5. You need meditation

A morning shower offers a quiet time where you can meditate or pray. There’s even an entire global network established to encourage people to pray while showering in the morning.

Evening Shower Time

6. You have trouble sleeping

Sleep specialists say you spend almost one-third of your entire life sleeping, which presumably is primarily in your bed. By showering at night, you’ll have cleaner sheets and not have to wash them as often. In fact, almost every bed already has dust mites, those icky microscopic bugs that love feeding off of your dead skin cells. Don’t add your dirtiness to those sheets, compounding the problem. Allergist Jeffrey Miller recommends taking that one step further and putting your pillows and mattresses in dust-proof encasings.

7. You want better skin

If you have a skin condition, such as eczema, a warm evening shower followed by an application of lotion or your medicated ointment is ideal. Dr. Stephanie Gardner said that while steamy showers soothe the body, it actually dries out the natural oils in the skin quickly, making you itchy when you step out. So use lukewarm water and don’t spend more than five minutes in the shower washing up.

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8. You want to get rid of allergies

If you suffer from allergies, it’s best to shower at bedtime and wash off the unseen allergens trapped in your hair and on your skin with warm water. Pulmonologist Paul Enright also recommends using a saltwater nasal rinse in the shower at bedtime to help with allergy relief.

9. The place you live has extreme winter conditions

If you live in a climate that has extreme winter conditions, showering in the evening means you slip on warm pyjamas and slither into bed, nice and toasty warm directly from an equally warm shower. Showering in the morning in the wintertime means you have to be brave enough to jump out of the shower into a cold bathroom on a cold floor and scramble to throw on your clothes without icicles forming on your nose.

10. You have acne-prone skin

Dermatologist Carolyn Jacob notes that a nighttime shower will help rinse the facial pores of makeup, sweat, smog, dust, and dirt, helping reduce the risk of developing acne or worsening an existing bout of acne.

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Whether or not you hop in the shower in the morning or the evening really depends upon if you’re a night oil, prone to itchy skin, need a morning perk-up and several other factors. So evaluate what your needs are and see which shower time will work best for you.

Featured photo credit: Morgufile.com/Krystle via morguefile.com

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Last Updated on October 20, 2020

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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