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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.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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