5 Reasons Why You Should Always Cry In The Shower

5 Reasons You Should Always Cry In The Shower

Everyone cries at some point in their lives, but most of us hate the vulnerability and weakness that is exposes. What's the solution? Crying in the shower.

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At some point in each of our lives, we all cry. We cry when we are angry, we cry when we are sad, we cry when we are happy. Everybody does it.

However, I absolutely hate crying. In my experience it is the ultimate form of weakness and vulnerability — you are revealing to the outside world that something has profoundly affected you, and there are people in this world who are cruel enough to use that against you.

Crying in general is awful, but crying in front of people adds an entirely new level of weakness and defeat. There are now witnesses to your pain and anguish, and knowing that makes me incredibly anxious and uncomfortable.

Experience has also taught me that crying is incredibly therapeutic. It allows us to physically release all of our angst, anxiety, and frustration. If we keep everything everything bottled up without allowing it to release every once in awhile, we would explode and spontaneously combust in an uncontrolled eruption of emotion.

So what do you do? How do you allow yourself to feel these emotions and experience this vulnerability?

You cry in the shower.

1. You are already in an incredibly vulnerable situation.

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In the shower you are the most physically vulnerable you could ever be. You are completely naked, with nothing and nowhere to hide. This physically vulnerability allows us the ability to be emotionally and mentally vulnerable as well.

2. Showers are relatively loud, so no one will hear you.

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Between the sound of the water-tank pushing gallons of water through your pipes, the sound of gallons of water hitting the porcelain or tile floors, and the closed bathroom door, it is almost impossible to hear someone crying in the shower. You run a higher chance of being heard if you are sobbing at the top of your lungs or forget to shut the door, but chances are you will have a sound-proof seclusion.

3. When you are done crying, no one will be able to see the tears.

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Most of us wash our faces in the shower, or at least get them wet in the process. The water will literally wash away any and all traces of your tears, so there's no evidence after you're done. If you are like me and get red eyes and redness/puffiness in general, all you have to do is say you got soap in your eye and are trying a new face wash. Problem solved.

4. Showering, and bathing in general, is usually private.

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When most of us shower, we expect some degree of privacy. Even if we live in a busy household where people come and go, most of the time the boundary is drawn at the shower curtain. That one piece of fabric gives you the sense of privacy and seclusion to be as vulnerable and emotional as you want.

5. Showers are incredibly therapeutic.

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When you've finished crying, and you all of your emotions have been drawn out and sent spiraling down the drain, there is nothing more relaxing than feeling hot water beat against your body. It's like a mini massage that finishes releasing all of that negative emotion and feeling. You can imagine all of that pent up anxiety, tension, and sadness being washed off your body and disappearing forever.

So, the next time you need to have a good cry, when you are feeling beaten down and belittled, run a screamin' hot shower and let all of your worries drain away.

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I Weigh Over 200 Lbs And You Can Catch Me In A Bikini This Summer

There is no magic number that determines who can wear a bikini and who cannot.
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It is about February every year when I realize that bikini season is approaching. I know a lot of people who feel this way, too. In pursuit of the perfect "summer body," more meals are prepped and more time is spent in the gym. Obviously, making healthier choices is a good thing! But here is a reminder that you do not have to have a flat stomach and abs to rock a bikini.

Since my first semester of college, I've weighed over 200 pounds. Sometimes way more, sometimes only a few pounds more, but I have not seen a weight starting with the number "1" since the beginning of my freshman year of college.

My weight has fluctuated, my health has fluctuated, and unfortunately, my confidence has fluctuated. But no matter what, I haven't allowed myself to give up wearing the things I want to wear to please the eyes of society. And you shouldn't, either.

I weigh over 200lbs in both of these photos. To me, (and probably to you), one photo looks better than the other one. But what remains the same is, regardless, I still chose to wear the bathing suit that made me feel beautiful, and I'm still smiling in both photos. Nobody has the right to tell you what you can and can't wear because of the way you look.

There is no magic number that equates to health. In the second photo (and the cover photo), I still weigh over 200 lbs. But I hit the gym daily, ate all around healthier and noticed differences not only on the scale but in my mood, my heart health, my skin and so many other areas. You are not unhealthy because you weigh over 200 lbs and you are not healthy because you weigh 125. And, you are not confined to certain clothing items because of it, either.

This summer, after gaining quite a bit of weight back during the second semester of my senior year, I look somewhere between those two photos. I am disappointed in myself, but ultimately still love my body and I'm proud of the motivation I have to get to where I want to be while having the confidence to still love myself where I am.

And if you think just because I look a little chubby that I won't be rocking a bikini this summer, you're out of your mind.

If YOU feel confident, and if YOU feel beautiful, don't mind what anybody else says. Rock that bikini and feel amazing doing it.

Cover Image Credit: Sara Petty

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The Lazy Girl's Guide To The Gym

Also, everything else you should know if you're a slightly out-of-shape girl (like me).

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With my freshman year coming to an end, I realized a lot of things. I made new friends, I found new hobbies, and I learned a lot of lessons. One of them being that the "Freshman 15" is very real and very scary.

While my friends and family have attempted multiple times to convince me that I'm just being dramatic (I am), I still want to make a change in my lifestyle or I will, in all seriousness, be on track to the "Sophomore 20".

Here is a list of my best gym and healthy lifestyle tips that I am slowly attempting to live by this summer in order to resurrect Emily's 18-year-old body and health.

1. Increase water intake.

2. Find a gym buddy.

3. Start off with cardio.

4. Don't stop on your cardio until you're dripping in sweat.

5. Chug a LOT of water an hour before the gym.

Do not do it right before, or you will be in pain.

6. Eat light beforehand but just enough to hold you over. 

7. Plan out what your routine will be BEFORE you get there.

My routine: Elliptical for a mile, Stairmaster for 10 minutes, ab HIIT workout for 10 minutes, 5 more minutes on Stairmaster.

8. Buy healthy foods while you're feeling motivated.

9. Find a gym that isn't too far from your house. 

10. Don't get mad at yourself if you don't see results in a day.

I know this is a hard one.

11. Try fitness classes. 

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