Why in the world would I choose something so mundane to write about?
Because showers are good for the body and soul. Really. Especially if, like me, you struggle with mental and physical health issues that make doing something as basic as taking a shower a monumental challenge at times.
Confession: I don’t shower everyday . . . except during exceedingly hot summers. Then, I may step into a cool shower several times a day.
Ewww. Who doesn’t shower daily? Why would you do that, rather, NOT do that?
Lately it’s been because of the fatigue from fibromyalgia, depression, and the anxiety of dealing with certain things in my life. I had a med change about a month ago. Since then my appetite has greately diminished. Not only has the appetite diminished, but, so has my ability to eat meat of any kind, much less red meat containing iron. Then there’s the chronic insomnia. I have slept 2 – 6 hours a night of interrupted sleep my entire adult life. Four is my norm.
For more about these kinds of struggles,
play The Spoon Theory Demonstration.
So, I don’t shower as frequently as would be beneficial. This article details the benefits of both hot and cold showers.
I remember when my son was a young boy. He was kind of an angry kid. (There are a lot of reasons for that, but, it’s another post for another day . . . maybe.) He could get very heated very quickly and the only thing I could do to get him to calm down was tell him to take a shower. It worked, most of the time, and he would come out of the shower much calmer and more centered.
Standing under the streams of water is like standing in the rain, without the discomfort of wet clothes and you get to control the temperature. It’s soothing. It drowns out peripheral noises and allows the mind to focus and think . . . or let the thoughts that circle and attack our peace flow drown the drain. We can gain clarity as the water cleanses our bodies and somehow cleanses our souls.
With that clarity, we may see the things which disturb our peace and trap us in circumstances or relationships that are disruptive to our emotional and mental wellbeing.
Or, we can just sing as we wash our hair.