How a Morning Shower Can Boost Your Mood
If you consistently wake up on the wrong side of the bed or experience a mid-morning crash, there may be a simple solution. A morning shower can help shake off sleep inertia and get you charged up to take on the day.
More than a hygiene routine, A.M. rinses are an invigorating ritual that can increase levels of happy hormones like norepinephrine and serotonin—especially if you use energizing products and cool water. If you’re a morning person, read on to learn how to create your own morning shower practice to pump up your energy and boost your mood (we promise it'll be worth leaving your cozy duvet cocoon).
Benefits of Morning Showers
Here are a few reasons morning showers are a great way to start your day.
1. Wash Off Dirt and Bacteria from the Night Before
A morning shower is a must if you wake up sweaty and uncomfortable. A.M. rinses can help you refresh and reset as you wash away toxins, bacteria, and odors that build up while you sleep. Morning showers are particularly helpful in warmer climates and during hot months when constant stickiness is a problem. You may even decide to shower twice a day.
2. Control Oily Skin
Showering helps balance your skin's natural oils. If your complexion is typically on the greasy side, showering in the morning is a great way to kick start your skincare routine for the day ahead helping clear blocked pores and prevent mid-day shine and buildup. Make sure to use products designed for your skin type. Dermatologists recommend sticking to cleansers that contain salicylic acid and other acne-fighting ingredients.
3. Protect Dry and Sensitive Skin
Hot water strips your skin of natural oils, making it more prone to dryness, redness, and irritation. A cool morning shower, on the other hand, helps preserve your skin's natural barriers, keeping it healthy and balanced. If you're currently experiencing irritation from an allergy, sunburn, eczema flair, or just general sensitivity, cold temperatures can help reduce inflammation and provide relief.
4. Refresh Your Hair
Tossing and turning all night can lead to a seriously unruly case of bedhead. While you might not have time for a full wash and style in the morning, quickly re-wetting your hair can help reset your style—especially if you have curly hair. Worried about leaving the house with soaking-wet locks? These tips can help you speed up the drying process.
5. Recover from Exercise
Sore from yesterday's workout? A morning rinse can loosen your muscles to relieve aches and pains. Try switching between warmer and cooler temperatures to get the most out of your shower. Warm water will help soothe and relax your body, while cool water can reduce inflammation and speed recovery.
6. Clear Congestion
For lots of us, the first stretch of the morning involves reaching for a box of tissues—even when we’re not sick. Morning congestion is often caused by allergens and irritants in the air that get stirred up every time you roll over or adjust your covers. The steam from morning showers can help clear nasal congestion and inflammation to help you breathe easier for the rest of the day.
7. Boost your immune system
For those who love a cold shower in the A.M., studies have shown that exposure to cold water can activate the body's immune system by increasing the production of disease-fighting white blood cells. When the body is exposed to cold temperatures, it triggers a fight-or-flight response that releases adrenaline, which in turn stimulates the production of white blood cells. This response can help to boost the immune system and protect the body against illnesses.
8. Get energized
For night owls who may find it tough to shake off sleep, a cold morning shower will quickly turn that around. Research has found that cold showers stimulate your nervous system, which helps you to become more alert. Rinsing in a cold temperature means your body reduces the amount of melatonin (sleep hormone) and increases your blood circulation, heart rate, and breathing rate, leading you to feeling more awake. Some even swear this morning ritual is the equivalent to having a cup of coffee in the morning! 9. Add aromatherapy Another great way to get energized in your A.M. shower? Aromatherapy. Ignite your senses and uplift your morning mood by adding essential oils like eucalyptus and mandarin (or whatever you personal preference may be!) to your routine, creating your very own aromatherapy shower.
9. Stimulate the senses
Another great way to get energized in your A.M. shower? Aromatherapy. Ignite your senses and uplift your morning mood by adding essential oils like eucalyptus and mandarin (or whatever you personal preference may be) to your routine, creating your very own aromatherapy shower.
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The Ultimate Mood-Boosting Shower Routine
Whether you're a morning person or a snooze button aficionado, starting your day with the right type of rinse can have huge benefits for your mental and physical health. (There's a reason people have been using water to boost their well-being for thousands of years.)
Here's a step-by-step guide to creating your own powerful morning shower ritual:
Step 1: Start with the Right Temperature
While a hot shower can help your body slow down at the end of the day, cooler temperatures increase alertness and energy. To get the most out of your morning shower, try a temperature that's slightly lower than you're used to.
Feeling a cold spray on your skin can be a shock, but that's a good thing in the morning! It increases your oxygen intake and improves alertness.
Cold showers also increase blood circulation to help all your organs function at peak performance. And at least one study has shown that showering with cooler water may help counteract depression symptoms.
hai tip: hai smart showerheads allow you to select your preferred temperature using the hai app and send an alert when the water has reached it.
Step 2: Infuse Your Water
Get more out of your ritual by incorporating rejuvenating fragrances and energizing active ingredients using hai Infusions. hai Infusions are aromatherapeutic, vitamin-rich formulas designed to be added directly to your shower’s water stream.
Try Energy Boost to add extra zip to your rinse. This daily skin and mood booster will invigorate your senses and energize your day with its juicy burst of citrus that instantly turns your shower into a brisk wake-up call.
It's a stimulating blend packed with antioxidants, caffeine, and mandarin to improve alertness and circulation. Plus, it promotes a healthy glow thanks to complexion-nourishing vitamins.
Add your infusion to the fuse attachment of your hai smart showerhead system. The fuse effectively distributes active ingredients directly through your shower's water stream.
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