A new dawn, a new beginning. As morning breaks, turn on the shower to greet the new day.
As you step into the hot shower, welcome the drops of water caressing your skin and stretch out your body as you do so.* Let the fragrance of the soap tickle your nostrils and awaken your senses. Clap your hands so that the water splashes all over you.
Use the soap to massage your body, or just your feet and armpits (it's by no means necessary to put soap all over unless you have slept in a pigsty…and chances are you haven't).
As you massage your body, awaken it to the new day. Inspire it with the possibilities awaiting you. Inspire it to overcome the obstacles awaiting you. Feel yourself power up and rise to greet everything waiting for you just around the corner. YES, YOU'VE GOT THIS!
Then turn the water to cold and count anywhere from five to thirty (whatever you can muster) as the icy cold activates every nerve in your body.**
If you get too cold from the water, turn it to hot again and shower for another twenty seconds. Otherwise, just step out of the shower. Towel yourself as you massage your muscles and feel the blood pumping around your body. You're alive!
After you've dried yourself, take a deep breath to appreciate that there's a new day dawning, and it's yours to live.
*Consider getting an anti-slip mat if you're stretching, shaking your body, or simply moving about a lot in the shower. You should definitively not try to shake it all out if you have a slippery floor!
**If you have heart problems, having a very cold shower or bath isn't necessarily good for you. Simply turn down the temperature enough to make you shiver. Just splashing your face with cold water can help reset the nervous system. If you've ever had a cold bath or shower, you'll have noticed how it can change your state of mind instantaneously. It's beneficial if you're having a bad day or are feeling down and need to clear your mind. However, if you shower or bathe in really cold water, it's a shock for the body, and people with heart issues should consult a doctor before doing so.
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