As of this update, I have reached the 10 day milestone of Habit #3 – Morning Showers!
Progress from previous weeks
If you had a chance to look at last weeks update, than you may remember that I was having trouble with consistency. After some self-reflection, I decided that since the showers were ultimately to help me wake up, if I woke up okay without one, I would skip the day, but not break my chain. There was only one instance this week where I considered doing this, but in the end, decided that the warm water would feel nice. I’m choosing to take that as a good sign, but we’ll know more in later weeks.
Some positives from this habit
Thankfully, this week went really well with no new issues to report! Since things went so well this week, I wanted to take some time to talk about the cool things that I’m experiencing from this habit. When I chose this habit, it was to help me wake up easier in the mornings, not really to improve my hygiene. However, a neat “side effect” of doing this habit is that it is improving my hygiene! Once I’m in the shower, I feel like I might as well wash up, brush my teeth, and/or shave. Just by doing this habit, I find myself naturally doing things that I planned on doing in the future. It’s similar to something I read in this post about changing only one habit at a time and taking things slowly. The author, Srinivas Rao, says that if your goal is workout, then “your best bet is to just put your shoes on and drive to the gym. Make that your habit first. Once you’re in the parking lot you’ll be tempted to go in. Once you set foot in the gym you’ll likely workout. But your only goal each day is to drive to the gym. That’s it.”
It doesn’t make sense for me personally to just sit in the shower, though I technically could and that would be fine, so I find myself doing other healthy things. As a result, I’ve felt a lot better about myself these last few days. My face feels clear; I find myself looking in the mirror and not feeling guilty or dissatisfied with what I see. My mouth no longer feels gross; because I’m brushing my teeth more regularly, I’m no longer afraid to smile or talk to people. My whole body just feels better! I can feel some of my confidence coming back.
I’m sure there will come a morning when I’m so groggy that all I want to do is stand under the hot water and let it work its magic, and that will be fine, but until that day, I’m going to enjoy this happy little “side effect.”
The next milestone for this habit is 20 days, but I’ll probably see you before then for another weekly update!
Thanks for reading!