I am such a fan of showering. A good hot shower can revitalize and assist in healing my mentality of the day. If I'm feeling down or upset, I find that taking a lengthy hot shower puts me into a meditative state.
Often times I'll take one just to stand in the tub, letting the hot water pass over my body, while I rotate slowly and rinse. I won't use soap or shampoo if I haven't gotten dirty or sweat throughout the day. Always give the asshole, balls and taint a quick scrub of course. Gotta stay fresh!
But there's something so soothing about being immersed in running water, which is why I prefer a shower to a bath. I've taken baths before of course, but I don't seem to enjoy them near as much. I get bored and will sit there while my brow sweats from the heat.
A shower, on the other hand, is constantly active and keeps the mind present while allowing it to also achieve a sense of peace.
My typical shower for cleanliness is very utilitarian. I'll quickly clean myself and then rinse before shutting off the water and getting out to dry off. I can take a full clean shower in 5 minutes.
The soothing shower though is something I approach with more abstract purpose. If I have something particularly taxing on my mind and I have the time, I'll get the water to a slightly warmer than comfortable temperature, get in and immediately get my head under the stream. This sends a quick shock throughout my body and clears my mind.
If I find that I can't seem to clear my head then I'll start to debate with whatever problem I'm seeking to confront in an effort to resolve it. What I've found, more often than not, is that while I won't come to a full resolution, I will be in a more content state about whatever's been troubling me. This allows me to be more level-headed about it moving forward.
Also, if I'm sick, hot showers seem to have a way of revitalizing my senses and clearing my head of the fogginess. Probably something to do with the heat and steam. None the less, I'm appreciative of their holistic effect.
So, if you find yourself wracked with the darkness of emotion, troubled by problems, or feeling like shit...I recommend a nice hot shower. Give it a whirl and let me know how it works.
Take care of yourselves.