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8 Signs You Should Shower In The Morning Instead Of At Night

8 Signs You Should Shower In The Morning Instead Of At Night

A shower isn’t just a shower anymore… People often use them for a variety of reasons from relaxation and perking up, to just getting the sweat and grime off after a long day at work. But when your shower actually does matter as a health choice – and while people are pretty evenly divided between “night showering” and “morning showering”, there is pretty good evidence mounting that taking a shower at the beginning of the day is actually better for you! Let’s take a look at eight separate signs that suggest you should be ‘rub-a-dub-dubbing‘ in the morning.

1. Cold Hands and Feet

Coldness (or numbness) in the hands or feet can be a sign of poor circulation. But it’s not just your hands and feet that suffer: sluggish circulation of the blood can cause a whole variety of issues, from heart problems to slow wound healing after an accident. A morning shower, especially a cold one, can actually help with this problem because it causes the blood to rush to the surface of the skin, helping improve overall blood flow.

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2. Anxiety and Worry

The signs you should be looking for aren’t just physical, there are emotional symptoms too, that can be addressed by showering in the morning. Anxiety and worry about work, relationships or money can really take its toll on your health in the long run. Fortunately, there are small lifestyle changes you can make, like taking a shower in the morning, that can help alleviate these feelings naturally. This is because the increased flow of blood to the brain helps with the overall function of the neurons, and also seems to have a protective effect against stress.

3. Fatigue

If you just can’t seem to get a move on in the morning, no matter how much you have slept the previous night, this is an another sign that a morning shower is right for you. Studies have shown that having cold showers early in the day help boost the central nervous system and to stimulate the adrenal glands, both of which mean higher energy levels and more pep in your step as you start your day.

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4. Frequent Infections

If you seem to catch every cold, cough and sniffle that’s going around even when you are washing your hands constantly and living off vitamin C, you should also consider taking a shower in the morning. Studies have shown that this can actually help your body produce more white blood cells, which are vital to your immune system, and help to fight off bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that cause illness or disease.

5. Acne and Oily Skin or Scalp

If you suffer from acne and have oily skin or scalp, this problem is often a little worse in the morning, to begin with. However, cool showers in the morning help balance and regulate the natural oils in the skin, and help to reduce excess oiliness, and problems like acne, that can make it worse. It is a ridiculously easy beauty tip!

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6. Nasal and Chest Congestion

Allergies or a viral infection like a cold or the flu can leave you with a miserable, with a stuffy feeling in the morning, as the mucous tends to build up at night and leads to pain and discomfort the next day. However, the steam from a warm shower taken early in the morning can help with this problem naturally. Steam is great for loosening up accumulated mucous, which otherwise causes discomfort in breathing naturally.

7. Low Fertility

If you are a man trying to father a child and need tips to make it easier to conceive, you should also consider a cold shower in the morning. Research has found that cold showers can help not just to spike up testosterone levels but also to increase the production of sperm, giving you a better chance at being able to start a family.

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8. Toxic Build-Up

People are exposed to a variety of toxins through the food they eat, the water they drink, medications, and just in the air that they breathe each day of their lives. However, there are everyday ways to help reduce the possibility of these unwanted substances building up in your system, cold shower in the morning is a good remedy. Cold showers not only help stimulate the blood but also stimulate the flow of lymphatic fluids that help to cleanse the body of toxins and keep it healthy.

So make the effort to get up fifteen minutes early and jump into that shower! It is a great way to get your day started and apart from making you just feel better also has an array of health benefits to offer you.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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