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10-Minute Morning Shower Actually Saves You More Time And Makes You More Relaxed

10-Minute Morning Shower Actually Saves You More Time And Makes You More Relaxed

Waking up early has its benefits, the early bird catches the worm is a true statement, and showering in the morning can cement those words into your life. Waking up ten or fifteen minutes earlier than usual can help you effectively use that time slot for a refreshing, cold shower. The rejuvenation of a cold morning shower will prepare you for the day ahead in the following ways.

Saving Time

Busy people always want to squeeze more time in the morning, the good news is we can batch up all the morning rituals at one go—in the morning shower. From brushing, flossing, shaving, scrubbing to moisturising, everything can be clubbed together to save time. Having the discipline to follow an efficiently designed morning routine will allow that energy to flow freely, as the day progresses.

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Productivity Increases

Every time you take a cold shower, you feel revived and recharged. This feeling of cleanliness and alacrity, can enhance your mood to tackle the day with enthusiasm. According to a survey performed by Herbal Essences, of one thousand women surveyed, over 90 percent said a morning shower transformed their entire day in a positive light. Why wouldn’t you want to achieve everything that’s possible within the next twenty-four hours in a bright, beaming mood?

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Mood Booster

Feeling good is how everyone wants to feel at every waking moment, and experiencing this wondrous emotion is possible through a cold, morning shower. According to researchers at the Department of Radiation Oncology at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, short cold showers may stimulate the brain’s blue spot — the primary source of noradrenaline — which helps chemically mitigate depression. Letting the cold water graze your skin, enter your pores, doesn’t only cleanse your body, but your mind.

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Feeling More Energetic

Many people across the globe rely on caffeine, which stimulates the central nervous system. What better way is there than letting freezing cold water soak your skin? There isn’t any better way, because this is a natural process that has been executed for centuries. The classic comedic skit shows individuals getting a bucket of cold water dumped over their heads to wake them up; this sends a direct jolt to the central nervous system, which can’t be beaten by any other method.

Revitalise Your Body

Cold showers also increase the metabolic rate, which will help you lose that pesky 5 pounds that has burdened you for so long. If you’re looking to feel healthier all around, look your absolute best, and make your day enjoyable, then cold showers in the morning should become your prerogative.

Featured photo credit: Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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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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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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