Taking a shower can make you feel like a new person. And as this infographic from Visually explains, showering actually does have physical and psychological benefits proven to make you feel better — at least 24 of them. 

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While showering is much more convenient, and the go-to option for getting clean, taking a bath can greatly affect your mood. Psychologist Neil Morris says that bathing makes you feel less pessimistic and helps you enjoy more pleasure, according to the infographic. Morris believes that bathing gives us a chance to take a real break from the day and provides some much needed quiet and comfort. Aside from boosting your mood, research suggests that bathing can reduce inflammation, help you sleep better, soothe muscle problems and help with depression.

Of course showering has its health benefits, too. There’s a reason that cold shower wakes you up in the morning as the lower temperature increases oxygen intake and heart rate to release blood through the body. You're probably used to hearing that taking a warm shower soothes aches and pains, but Visually explains that cold water can help about one to four days after exercising.

If you’re looking to drop a few pounds, cold water may help stimulate brown fat by up to 15 percent. Unlike the dreaded white fat, brown fat actually burns calories, according to Live Science.

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Warm showers have their own uses, too. Hot water acts as a natural decongestant to help with sinus problems and colds, lowers anxiety and helps the body detoxify through sweating. One study found that warm water could actually help reduce pain and encourage feelings linked to wellbeing.

For more information on the health benefits of bathing, check out the infographic:

 

 The Physiological and Psychological Effects of Bathing 

From Visually.

 

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