We all know that personal hygiene is of the utmost importance, but sometimes it can be difficult to force yourself to take a shower if you just don't want to. Perhaps you have had a hard day and are tired, or you are so warm and cozy on the couch that you don't even want to think about getting into the water. Whatever the situation, it can be helpful to learn a few tricks that will give you the willpower you need to get yourself in order. These techniques are rather psychological in nature, and you just need to change your attitude to the obligation to take a shower in order to get more pleasure from this process.
Method 1 of 4: Take a Shower Now
Step 1. Turn on the water
Sometimes, in order to complete a seemingly overwhelming task, you need to start small. For now, just go and turn on the shower. Set the water to a warm, comfortable temperature and think about how nice it would be to get inside. You will most likely find it easier to shower once you are in the bathroom and have everything ready.
- It is often the hardest thing to just take the first step.
- Remember, the only thing holding you back is inaction. End him and nothing will stop you.
Step 2. Take off your clothes
Once you get to the bathroom and turn on the shower, undress and listen to your feelings. At this stage, it will seem silly to you to go this way just to turn off the water and get dressed again. Since you're already in the right place and it takes just as much effort to get dressed again, you might as well go ahead and get into the shower.
If you are lounging comfortably on the couch, the list of everything you need to do to successfully shower can seem overwhelming. Instead of trying to focus on many details at once, do the steps gradually and little by little
Step 3. Remind yourself why you need to shower
If you find that you lack the motivation to shower, it can be helpful to remember what happens if you don't wash regularly. Dirt, grease, and dead cells will build up on the skin, making you feel grimy and uncomfortable. Pulling for too long can cause problems such as itching, clogged pores, and skin infections. In addition, after a while, you will start to smell unpleasant, which can cause embarrassment in front of others.
- Taking too long to shower can be bad for you. Skin conditions such as acne and dermatitis can develop, as well as persistent body odor that can make you look and feel unhealthy.
- You don't have to wash every day. In fact, many dermatologists believe that it is best to shower only a few times a week. Perhaps this will make it easier for you.
Method 2 of 4: Discipline Yourself
Step 1. Conduct motivating conversations with yourself
Instead of sitting around and waiting for you to want to shower, make a commitment to yourself that you will do it no matter what, and don't go back on your word. Be your own coach. Give yourself encouraging advice and provide emotional support with inspirational and positive statements. You will feel more energized as soon as you change your attitude from "I don't want" to "I can do it."
- In most cases, people find it difficult to force themselves to do something because they are afraid to put in the effort or are "not in the mood." Understand that there will always be things in life that you don’t want to do, but that you still need to do.
- Use your name to feel more powerful, allowing yourself to step outside of your own self for a moment and create a sense of personal responsibility.
Step 2. Think of it as a challenge
Put your pride on the line and start looking at overcoming your unwillingness to wash as a way to prove yourself. If you can't even take a shower, what else can't you do? It may sound silly, but use this opportunity for personal development. Show yourself that you can do it, and as a result, you will feel better in control of other areas of your life.
- Start making a list of daily tasks to complete and place your shower closer to the top.
- Your willpower and self-control will improve slightly every time you shower despite your reluctance.
Step 3. Make it a habit
Once you can get yourself to shower, do it again the next day at the same time, then the next day, and the next, and so on. Don't let yourself skip the day or delay until it's too late. After a week or so, your inactivity will begin to melt and the shower will just become another part of your daily routine.
- Set a regular shower schedule based on your needs and preferences. Some people shower every day, while others only need to shower a few times a week or even once a week. Choose days and times to make it easier for you to stick to your schedule.
- When shower becomes a habit, you start to feel like you're missing something if you haven't bathed.
Method 3 of 4: Force Yourself to Take a Shower
Step 1. Go in for sports
Do an intense workout half an hour before you need to shower. You are more likely to want to wash if you sweat and feel uncomfortable. Think about how fresh you will feel after a shower, or at least how much worse you will feel (and what others will think) if you do not wash.
- Strenuous exercise makes clothes wet, skin and hair become greasy and dirty, and an unpleasant odor begins to emanate from the body.
- A cold or warm shower can help you cool off after a grueling workout.
Step 2. Wait until you can no longer procrastinate
If you have a business meeting, dinner plans, or a must-attend event where you need to look your best, wait until a shower becomes a necessity to finish your preparations. The less time is left before leaving the house, the higher the need to tidy yourself up, and in the end, you simply have no other choice.
- Keep in mind that you can make a bad impression if others realize that you haven't washed yourself.
- Finding compelling reasons for completing a task is often more motivating than just a sense of duty.
Step 3. Ask a friend for help
Get your brother / sister or close friend to constantly remind you of your soul at every opportunity. Have them ask you, “Did you wash today?” Or even scold you for being stubborn so that you feel guilty or ashamed if you don't. Ask your helper to be intrusive and annoying enough to push you. In the end, you will only strive to clean up to silence him.
- If you really want a friend to help you be responsible, give him the money from your wallet and tell him not to return it to you until you shower.
- It can be difficult to complete the required task if you are the only one monitoring it. However, if you attract an older person or an authority figure to work with you, you may be taking on your mind out of fear (and the consequences) of disappointing them.
Step 4. Set reminders
Set a series of alarms on your phone and when they all ring, head to the shower. If you are prone to forgetfulness, it will help you remember things that are not yet completed. If you are just a stubborn person, the reminder will be a stern, insistent voice, demanding that you complete your tasks. Do you really want the alarm clocks to win? Unlikely. Take a shower.
- Randomize the signals first, and make them more consistent as they get closer to the time limit you set yourself (go to bed, get ready for a date, etc.).
- Reminders are a great solution if you tend to just forget to shower.
Method 4 of 4: Make showering more enjoyable
Step 1. Take a chance to relax
Washing doesn't have to be a hassle. In fact, it can be a pretty enjoyable experience. Turn on hot water at a pleasant temperature and enjoy the sensation of small trickles pricking your skin. Breathe in the steam and feel its warmth spread throughout your body. Do not hurry. Here it is not only about taking a shower, but also about enjoying a moment of relaxation.
- Taking a shower is a time to get away from the rest of the world. It gives you the opportunity to be alone and get much needed harmony and peace.
- Try not to overdo it. Taking long hot showers on a regular basis can strip your skin of the healthy, natural oils it needs.
Step 2. Buy some new bathing supplies
Stock up on musky soap or gentle shower gel, scented shampoos and facial scrubs, and a new fluffy washcloth. You are unlikely to put off a shower if you are enthusiastic about pampering yourself. Using products like these will also leave you feeling refreshed after showering, making you look forward to next time.
Change your smells and types of detergents every few weeks to keep them from bothering you. For example, you can use a fresh, floral-scented shower gel in the summer and then switch to evergreen scent during the winter months
Step 3. Tidy up the bathroom
It's no fun to step into a shower covered in mold or lather, with a faint trickle of water pouring from the shower head and hair lodged in the drain. If the technical means need serious cleaning, then the washing process can significantly lose its attractiveness. Wipe everything thoroughly and check if the reluctance to wash in a clean and shiny place persists.
- To prevent mold and keep your bathing area clean and tidy, try to clean it up every two to three weeks.
- Create an instant organic cleanser by mixing two parts white vinegar and one part warm water. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oils for a more pleasant scent.
Step 4. Turn on the music
Make washing more fun by playing a few of your favorite songs and turning up the volume. Listening to music will allow you to focus on something other than the boredom of soaping, rinsing, and repetition. You can even arrange a private disco or sing along as loudly as possible (if your household doesn't mind).
- Get a waterproof phone case or waterproof speakers to take with you to a wet bathroom.
- Create a playlist that will play songs one by one while you shower. Bathing compositions can be added if desired.
- Remember: this isn't such a big deal … it's just a shower! Washing is a normal part of daily life and has many benefits to make you look and feel your best.
- It only takes a few minutes to shower, but it moisturizes the skin and hair, protects against disease and prepares for the start of the day.
- Take a shower in the afternoon or evening when you are more alert, or during periods of highest productivity.
- Alternatively, try to shower first thing in the morning to get it over with.
- If you have trouble sleeping, a warm shower may be just what you need to help you relax and fall asleep.
- One of the benefits of taking a shower regularly is that you don't have to wash your clothes very often, as your clothes and bedding won't get dirty as quickly.