How can I feel good if the only thing I do today is take a shower?

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Last Updated: 08/12/2019 at 4:26pm
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Top Rated Answers
cordial2394
April 14th, 2015 10:08am
Today you got up.. you left your bed.. and you loved yourself and took care of yourself enough to get yourself into the shower... Hopefully you shampoo'd and cleansed yourself using more or less than 5-15 minutes and then dried yourself off.. you got back into pj's or slouches (lounge wear or crappy but comfortable clothing) or got dressed for the day.. I know, from what you have said, that you claim you only got the shower done today. But it is interesting to note that most of the time, people who say they did "nothing" or "only 1 thing" actually tend to do more than that and discount the things that they did as being "unimportant" or "too small to mention". So did you talk to anyone? did you help anyone or say anything nice to anyone? Did you hold the door for anyone with their hands full? Did you watch TV or movies, or play a video game? Did you have a really good dream? or an interesting dream? Did you work on a hobby? or on a computer? Did you talk to anyone over the phone or online? Did you read anything? Did you spend time with a pet? All those things count as activities... noting them is you punching the card and saying "I am still here" and "I am interesting"
neverletlifetakeyourspark
April 16th, 2015 7:58pm
Today is just another day. It might not have been a big day, or a really great day, but it's a day. You will have better days latter on. Today is just a day. Some days are bad, some are good, and some are just there. If you're not happy with today, make tomorrow a better day.
shoulderforu
May 17th, 2015 5:56pm
the point is not what all u did in a day.....the point is did u enjoy doing what u did?dont regret a day spent....wats over is over....be at the present...cos present is only under our control....
Smilewhenitrains87
May 20th, 2015 5:51am
You got out of bed and faced the day. That's an accomplishment. When you are dealing with a lot it can be hard to feel motivated.
StrawberryNight
May 20th, 2015 2:37pm
It's ok if you just took a shower today, life is really hard sometimes. Just remember that taking a shower is one thing you accomplished :)
nightFlower81
May 20th, 2015 9:27pm
Sometimes it is difficult to want to do anything at all. Dealing with our problems leaves us with little energy at all. One way you can put a postive spin on this is to remember that you did do something, you took a shower. That, I am sure, was probably an accomplishment. Each day, remember that doing even a little something is better than doing nothing at all.
WonderlandRabbit
July 13th, 2015 9:04pm
Think about all the other things you did on other days. Today isn't the only day you've lived so why act like it?
dancingTurtle59
November 17th, 2015 9:24am
at least you are clean and made a effort to better yourself and u are prepared for what the day may bring you got that amount of exercise
Ubby
February 2nd, 2016 8:19pm
Try to do other things besides just taking a shower. Go for a walk, make some art, even play a video game. If you are feeling down, little things do add up and make you feel more positive. It is sometimes hard to make yourself do them, but at the end of the day you'll start to feel better.
SassyKat0307
May 9th, 2016 11:37pm
You're doing something, getting out of bed should be a big accomplishment. Congratulate yourself anytime you do something like that, just getting out of bed is a reason to congratulate yourself.
Anonymous
May 30th, 2016 9:33pm
You can feel good that your personal hygiene is doing good. There is always time to do something that makes you happy
xFlightlessBird
July 5th, 2016 7:11am
A shower generally helps me calm down and reflect. Try to reflect on the positive aspects on your life the great shampoo makes you smell amazing. That can make you feel really good about yourself.
WildFree94
August 23rd, 2016 9:25am
An accomplishment, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem to you or anyone else, is still an accomplishment!
Mocha3800
October 10th, 2016 5:25pm
Taking a shower is all you can do in a day to make yourself feel better make it count, say positive affirmation while taking that shower, write them on the steaming mirror when you get out, or even just put a big happy face on the mirror. So just a shower a day can make someones day great.
Anonymous
May 15th, 2017 5:31pm
Because you still made progress in your day. Taking a shower may not seem significant in your eyes at the time, but you got yourself out of bed that day and did something good for yourself. You're taking positive steps forward, and even if you don't get much done, it's still good. As humans, we can't always shove as many things as we'd like to into a day, and that's okay. I struggled with this too until I came to peace with the fact that I just have to try harder tomorrow and let whatever happens today happen.
FromDrewWithLove
February 5th, 2018 7:18pm
You still accomplished something! It gives off a sense of accomplishment, even if it seems like a small and mundane task. It may not be a complete fix for mood, but accomplishing something can help boost one's mood a bit. Also, taking showers have their own emotional benefits as well.
Anonymous
March 5th, 2018 12:22am
If you are taking a shower it can help you're mind by easing the tension that was on a subject or a thought that worried and stressed you out before to where you don't feel that tension pressuring yours much.
Anonymous
April 16th, 2018 8:09pm
That’s successful task you were able to accomplish! Congrats! If you were unable to do anything but pushed yourself to shower, that is a big step and you should feel great
Annchristin
April 23rd, 2018 1:56pm
Congratulations on taking a shower! That is something! You also certainly did another thing: you breathed. And chances are you did even more than that. Maybe you refrained from doing something that would harm you. Maybe you tried not to give in to worrying or were fighting negative thoughts. Maybe you took care of yourself by getting some rest or making yourself a cup of coffee or eating something. Whatever you did today, it is enough.
Hawkeye99
May 1st, 2018 12:08am
Because taking a shower is a lot better than doing nothing at all. And when you're really depressed, even going into the bathroom and taking a shower can seem like climbing a mountain.
loneshewolf86
May 29th, 2018 9:50pm
You have made an effort to get out of bed and take a shower. This counts. Baby steps. You've got this. Go you!
HopefulHuman3
June 12th, 2018 4:18pm
Showers are pretty amazing things to feel good by if you ask me. Imagine washing away all those negative emotions and just immersing yourself in the water. Enjoying the hot water and quiet time of the day whilst you are alone and warm
AnneCat
September 18th, 2018 3:07pm
You did a thing! You showered instead of going through the day unshowered! That's fantastic, and something worth feeling good about. Think of how not taking a shower would have made you feel, and then think of how you felt after showering. Was it refreshing? Did it elevate your mood a bit, even just for a brief time? Did the smells of the soap make you feel relaxed? Thinking of as many positive things that resulted from taking a shower as you can, and then think how you never would have had those positive experiences if you didn't shower. Feels good, right?
Anonymous
August 12th, 2019 4:26pm
You took a shower, that's great! On bad days, I have a checklist that I try to hit (while being kind to myself if some things are harder than others) Have I eaten anything at all? Have I eaten something green? Have I drunk enough water? Have I taken a shower? Have I gone outside at all? Have I done something active, like a craft or homework or anything? Starting is the hardest part, and having a list like this is helpful for me because it gives me a clear list of things to hit. Good luck!