There are probably hundreds of different reasons to take a shower. When you ask people why they take a shower, personal hygiene is most likely the most common answer. But considering that it takes only a few minutes to actually get clean, this doesn’t completely justify the time we really spend showering.
According to research, people in the UK take five to six showers a week and spend an average of eight to thirteen minutes (depending on age group) in the shower. That’s around an hour a week, so what do people do in the shower? Let’s take a look at the main reasons people find taking a shower important.
Waking up in the morning
For many people, a shower in the morning is the perfect way to wake up. You drag yourself to the shower where the warm water clears your mind and relaxes you after the rude awakening by your alarm. The running water clears the sleepiness from your brain and you can start the day feeling refreshed.
Relaxing after work
What is better than coming home from a hard day’s work and taking a relaxing shower? Not only will it wash away all the dust and dirt accumulated during the day, it relaxes the muscles and gives us time to recover from whatever we’ve had to face during the day.
We spend a lot more time in the shower than is strictly necessary (and for good reason). It’s one of the best times to think and contemplate life. It is a time usually spent alone which creates the perfect environment to think about your day, your problems, or your future. The quiet time spent in shower cubicles and the soothing effect of the warm water makes for a perfect moment to have deep thoughts.
An answer that came up many times is the desire to smell good. After a long day at work, in traffic, or a heavy workout at the local gym, a shower will help you wash off the sweat and make you smell good. A great number of people mention that smelling good for the opposite (or same) sex is also an important motivator to take a shower.
Skin and hair
Taking a shower is very good for the skin and hair. Of course, the use of chemical products can be detrimental, but a shower with just water every now and then will improve the health of both hair and skin.
As mentioned before, there are many other reasons why people take showers – and you probably have your own. It’s relaxing, calming, and has positive effects on your body and mind. What more reason do you need?