We cannot deny the fact that stress is a normal part of life, and whether we like it or not, there will always come a time when we have to deal with it in one way or another.

We have to learn to cope with stress in order to live as normally as we can.  We need to manage it in a natural and healthy way to prevent it from taking control of our lives. 

According to recent findings, one of the easiest things you can do to relieve stress is to take a shower.  You might find it unbelievable but you can try it to find out for yourself.

Here's how you can relieve stress with a shower:

1. Cool down and decompress before hitting the shower

This is applicable when you just arrived home from work or any activity.  Do not hit the shower immediately as you get home.  Give your body a few minutes to decompress a bit.  If you've been standing or walking for long periods, it is good to remove your shoes and elevate your feet to relax them.  Wear lose home clothing and allow your body to cool down before taking a refreshing shower.  It is good to take a shower at the end of the day; this will help to give you a good night sleep.

2. Keep it warm

Set your shower to the warmest temperature.  This will help to relax your muscles which might be aching and tired at the moment.  Another benefit that warm shower gives is its steam which facilitates the opening of your nasal passages so you can breathe better and take in more oxygen.

3. Let your shower massage you with its pulse massager

If your shower head is equipped with pulse massager, use it to massage your tired muscles.

4. Take deep breaths

When you take deep breaths, you are actually supplying your blood and brain cells with oxygen.  This can help to relieve your stress and reinvigorate your mind and body.

You should relax when you take your shower.  Take deep breaths and allow the shower to wash away the stress and tension that you feel inside.

5. Apply aromatherapy in your shower

When you shower, it is good to use the soothing effects of essential oils like lavender or eucalyptus.  Using aromatherapy with shower is a good way to help you settle to a relaxed mood.

6. Spend a few more minutes in the shower to visualize or meditate

Feeling the warm shower on your head and body for a few more minutes as you pray or meditate can help to give you not just physical but mental and spiritual cleansing. 

Take that extra time to stand in the shower to meditate.  Visualize that the shower has washed away your worries.  It will help to restore your physical and mental energy.

7. Enjoy its benefits

As you step out of the bathroom, you can immediately notice that your energy and mood have improved.  Pamper yourself further by massaging your skin with soft lotion.  Put on soft loose clothing and play soft music to further put you in a more relaxed state. Avoid thinking stressful thoughts like bill paying and report deadlines.       


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