Published: April 22, 2020

    How to Take a Relaxing Shower

    These are trying times. Many of us are naturally experiencing an uptick of stress and anxiety as we navigate the new normal and do our best to stay in touch with loved ones.

    Whether it’s meditation, stretching, or weekly calls with your best friend, many methods exist for you to reduce your anxiety level. As the source for cleaner, higher-quality water, we want to clue you into another terrific trick for lowering stress — making the most of your time in the shower.

    Are you not sure how to take a relaxing shower? Here are six simple ways to use your daily shower as a way to unwind and de-stress.

    Change the Temperature

    Turn up the heat, particularly if your body feels tense. Showering in hot water can soothe muscle fatigue and tension. Studies also link hot showers to boosts in levels of oxytocin, the “feel-good” hormone.

    Is a hot shower not making an impact? Next time try a revitalizing cold shower. Cold showers are currently under research as a treatment for depression. One clinical trial found that taking a short, cold shower two-to-three times a week can increase endorphin release and help relieve depression symptoms. Cold showers require your body to work harder to maintain your internal temperature, which improves your circulation, keeps you alert, and can make your circulatory system more efficient.

    Crank Some Tunes

    A study from 2016 found that singing can reduce the amount of cortisol in your system, commonly referred to as “the stress hormone.” Belting out a tune can modulate your mood and put you in a better disposition for the rest of your day.

    Is shower-singing not your style? Instead of crooning pop songs or show tunes, choose some soothing meditative tracks to guide you to a stress-free mindset. Download an app like Calm or Headspace to browse guided meditations and zen instrumental tracks.

    Reduce Your Chlorine

    Make your shower as relaxing as possible by improving the quality of your shower water. Shower filters include various media that reduce chemicals and other components in your water like chlorine and chloramines.

    Reducing the chlorine levels in your water up to 96% can assist in reducing dryness, redness, and flakiness, especially in sensitive skin. Showering in water with high chlorine levels can also make your hair dull and frizzy since chlorine is a drying agent. These are just a few of the top reasons to own a shower filter and make your shower water more restorative and healthful.

    Transform Your Shower Into a Sauna

    In addition to reducing the drying agents and chemicals in your water, a shower filter will make your bathroom smell and feel like a private spa! If you order a Pentair Pelican Water Shower Filter, you can enjoy an aromatic scent bar for a relaxing escape from the daily grind.

    The three-stage filter process reduces unpleasant odors to ensure the pleasing aromas of the scent bar are all that you smell. Also, the infrared-balls in the shower filter media add negative ions to your water. This detail reduces the surface tension and enables the water to penetrate your skin and hair for soothing relief.

    Try Some Eucalyptus

    Introduce aromatherapy to your shower. Tie a few sprigs of eucalyptus to your showerhead during your showers to invigorate your body and mind. The scent of eucalyptus can help you relax and quiet your mind. 

    The steam will release beneficial oils for your skin and body — inhaling eucalyptus oil can clear mucus from your chest, suppress a cough, and ease respiratory conditions like sinusitis. These benefits can keep various symptoms at bay, leading to a calmer mind to carry you through the day. Learn more of our favorite shower hacks to optimize your morning or evening shower.

    Use a Timer

    Remember: while showers can be stress-reducing and relaxing, try to limit your daily shower to about five minutes. Our indoor water conservation guide helps you keep your water usage low during this uncertain time.

    If you implement our mini-playlist idea, try to wrap up your shower session by the end of the second song. Otherwise, set a timer on your phone so you can set it and forget it. Our dual-flow showerheads can limit your water usage to one gallon per minute to maximize your water conservation.