Did you know that every time you take a shower you’re wasting four opportunities to supercharge your body and energize yourself for the day? While showers are relaxing in and of themselves, they also provide the perfect environment to release some built-up stress, detox, reenergize and prep our body for a day of amazing productivity.
Massage your Lymphs
Our lymphatic system is the most neglected of our biological systems, which is a real shame, because it’s really the most important. It acts as the sewage system for cellular metabolic toxins, and the combination of a sedentary lifestyle, stress and modern diet (or just any one of these) can cause this system to back up and slow down its function. This in turn can lead to pain, inflammation, fatigue, poor skin and a number of illnesses.
So the next time you’re conditioning your hair or enjoying another few minutes of steam, lather up and give your lymphs a massage. Start behind your ears and work your way down the front and outside of your throat, along your collarbone, between your breasts, and in your armpits, and then be sure to drink a glass of water before you head out to work. This will help clear toxins from your system and give you an added, sustained energy boost.
Relieve some Pent-up Tension
While most of us feel our stress in our shoulders and back, the muscles in your head actually carry a lot of tension. That’s why the most common acupuncture point for stress and headache sits right on the top of your head, where all tension originates.
If you’ve had a particularly rough week, start your morning routine by putting pressure on the top of your head with your knuckles, and then rub your temples and the sides of your head with them as well. This is a fast way to relieve built up stress and tension that will give your brain an instant boost while helping your eyes feel more relaxed.
Unlock your Jaw
Chronic tension in the jawbone can force your face into a permanent grimace, which in turn sends your body and the outside world the signal that you are unhappy. It’s true. German scientists discovered that forcing the face into a smile triggers the release of certain hormones, thus improving your mood. On the same note, when your face is locked into an unhappy position, you’re more likely to be in a foul mood, not to mention suffer from headaches and fatigue.
To loosen up your jaw, start by opening your mouth halfway and wiggling your jaw from side to side, throwing in an occasional sigh. After that, make gentle (I can’t emphasize that enough, especially if you’re a beginner) circles with your bottom jaw, and give your jawbone a quick massage with your knuckles, starting right underneath your ears. If you want to be a real pro, you’ll also release tension from your neck by moving your head in gentle circles.
Supercharge your Circulation
Don’t worry. I’m not going to tell you to do the hot-cold-hot-cold shower! Brrrrr! Nothing worse!
Instead, get a washcloth and wash towards your heart, applying pressure to areas that are feeling tight or sore. Washing towards your heart will help pump some extra blood to your ticker, and massaging those sore spots will relieve some tension and allow blood to flow more freely. Doing this for even a few seconds every day can give you an energy boost far superior to coffee, with the added perk of exfoliating your skin and improving your ability to sweat and detoxify.
Take a Stance
When our body acts confidently, it releases the necessary chemicals and hormones that we need to feel more confidently. In her amazing Ted Talk “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are” Professor Amy Cuddy talks about the power of the Wonder Woman Pose and the Victory Pose, both of which send your body the very powerful message that you are in charge and a winner. Your body then sends the right juices flowing to make sure that your brain is as confident as your body. Watch the video and learn how to do it!
Got any secret productivity tips for the shower? If so, share them below in the comments section!