Friday, December 15, 2017

Shower Power and Affirmations

Self-care to feel more peace

I’ve discovered a fun way to practice self-care. I combine the acts of showering and affirmation recitation to improve health and happiness.

This post has been updated 06/29/2023

When you try out this double whammy of a wellness practice, you may notice it cleanses your body and mind by converting negative thinking into more positive attitudes and actions. 

Why does this combination improve our outlook? Read on.

Bathing in warm or hot water helps wash off more than dirt and grime. The steam from the shower reduces nasal congestion and soothes a sore or hoarse throat. 

Showering in cold water is invigorating. Learn more by reading  Cold Shower vs Hot Shower.

When we shower shortly after awakening, the rushing water helps us start the day with a fresh outlook. 

If we choose to take our shower in the evening, it relaxes muscles after a long, tiring day and prepares us for a good night's sleep.

As water from the shower shoots down, the water pressure helps improve blood circulation, opens and unclogs pores, and can even reduce the sensations associated with a headache. 
This is an easy, natural way to cure headache pain with no side effects.
Observing water's clear, fresh color stills our mind and soothes our spirit. For details see the color of water. 
The sound of pulsing water and tactile sensation of water on our body relaxes us. 
Use all your senses. Tap into the healing power of running water, and connect with your body’s heat. 
Open your eyes and mind to cleansing and take the first simple step to refresh yourself.

Now, on to the second part of the equation. 

The affirmation definition I like best is, “An affirmation is a declaration that confirms something is already true and bountiful in life.” 

When you declare affirmations aloud in the shower, the sound reverberates, and makes two healing modalities more powerful than one. 

Use shampoo and soap to lather your body. Then as you wash, imagine brushing off aches and pains, negative thoughts, and heaviness in your heart. 

Visualize removing things from any place where you sense you need attention (mind, body, or spirit). 

Brush with an actual (touch) object or symbolic brush and envision stale energy floating away. 

Keep in mind, this process can help you shed fear, anger, grief, or other troubling feelings trapped in your body. 

Repeat the following affirmations aloud, as the water washes over you. 

Speak with as much conviction as you can muster. 

1. “As the water rushes over my body, I notice my muscles relax, my mind is free of worry, and my thoughts are easy about those things that are left undone or I have no control over.”

2. “Shower water and soap removes all negative energy from my body, mind, and spirit. I let go of dissatisfaction, judgments, and comparisons with others as cares wash down the drain.”

3. “I move forward and prosper.”

4. "I keep life simple by lovingly focusing on my own business, and gently release thoughts of others and fully appreciate the results of my own actions."

“5. "I recognize self-discovery and healing are day-at-a-time processes." 

6. "I am kind and caring with myself and others."

7. "I learn from my experiences, and understand I have the option of starting over any time I have the need for a do-over."

8. “I am consistent with self-care, take things in stride, and enjoy challenges."

9. “I visualize myself immersed in a pool of love, peace, and compassion.”

10. “I relish quiet time spent in the shower, and my inner peace is attracting others.”

self-care with showering and affirmations

Please comment below in the space provided. 

What self-care activities help you the most and why?

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Do you use affirmations as a self-care helper? Explain below.

Are you consistent with your pre or post work self-care routines? Please explain why or why not.

Before I sign off, I encourage you to reserve time to nurture yourself during the holiday season and into the New Year. 

Warm wishes for vital color energy always, to help you Live Each Day Happy and Free! 

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  1. Isn't it amazing that something as simple as a shower can do so much for our well being. Great post. Thanks for sharing at My Big Fat Menopausal Life's Share the Wealth party - hope you are having a fabulous week.

    1. Thanks so much for affirming the power of shower for well-being. Back at you-have a fabulous week,

  2. This is genius! I find that combining certain actions can absolutely make affirmations/words feel more powerful, and will also stop us not having time or forgetting. I really love this, thank you for sharing!

    1. Thanks Katherine for your kind words. Wishing you a lovely weekend and affirming our power.

  3. What a great idea! We've all experienced how a hot shower makes you feel more energetic and alive. Combining the shower with affirmations would indeed give you a "double whammy" of wellness. Thank you for sharing this post in the Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 46.

    1. Thanks for your kind words Carol and hosting Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up. Happy, Healthy New Year!