How can I feel good if the only thing I do today is take a shower?
Last Updated: 02/01/2021 at 6:23pm
Kristin Noyes, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Depression and anxiety can feel overwhelming even on the best of days. I believe in helping clients understand these disorders and help them to reduce and manage symptoms.
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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"
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.
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....
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.
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 :)
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
You can feel good that your personal hygiene is doing good. There is always time to do something that makes you happy
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.
An accomplishment, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem to you or anyone else, is still an accomplishment!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
You have made an effort to get out of bed and take a shower. This counts. Baby steps. You've got this. Go you!
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
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?
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!
Because when you feel so dark and low, it takes unimaginable strength to do the "smallest" things. I am proud of you! You have managed to take care of yourself in a moment of darkness. You have summoned the strength to make a positive decision. I know the feeling and the might it takes to simple get out of bed. But i did it! even when I wanted to stay in bed forever. If on the other hand, you don't necessarily feel dark or low, perhaps there is something in the way of your motivation and drive. A reason as to why you could only shower today- perhaps a psychical or mental block. Try to look into this, speak with a doctor or someone you trust. You will be okay.
Do you know that taking a shower is something that many people find extremely difficult to do when they are struggling? That means that if you were able to accomplish taking a shower, you already did something that was really hard to do and you succeeded! Sometimes during difficult times we have to congratulate and reward ourselves for the little things, even something like getting a shower or eating breakfast. Maybe getting a shower will be a stepping stone that will motivate you to accomplish another task. And maybe not - that's okay too! You are doing your best and that is what's important.
My grandfather had a saying, "Anything in life that's worth doing, is worth doing poorly." I never really understood what he meant by this for a long time. He would tell me things like "If you're not feeling well but have things to do work towards them in a small way" For example, you might not feel like taking a shower, but washing your face is a good place to start. You might not feel like brushing your teeth, but washing your mouth with some mouthwash is a good start. As long as you give it some effort you can say you're making progress. So if today you take a shower, then look at it like a victory, you did something and took it to completion. And that's something to be proud of :)
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