cues for showering

genderhawk:

realsocialskills:

I haven’t had a shower/bath in a week, because the main thing that cues me to do that is temperature. If I am too hot I will take a cold shower. If I am too cold, I will take a warm bath. If I am just right for a few weeks, as often happens in spring/autumn, then it doesn’t happen. Do you know any other cues I could use? What cues do other people use? I can’t smell myself.
realsocialskills said:
Could you use sweat and oil as a cue?
People always have skin oil and sweat to some extent, even when it’s not hot. And when you don’t shower for a while, it builds up. That makes the texture of your skin and hair hair feel different. It can be particularly noticeable at your crotch and armpits. Could you pay attention to the texture and presence of sweat, and shower when it changes?
Alternatively, what about relying on a routine? Like, showering every day or every other day regardless of apparent cues that you need to? That might be easier than trying to think about it.

genderhawk said:

I have two clues, hair and pain. I’m multi-racial and my hair is very thick and very tightly curled, and I can’t deal with it unless it is wet, so when it gets too knotted/matted I know I need to shower or bathe. I also have a lot of pain issues that can be helped by a bath, but that’s not something most people can relate to.
another thing that has reminded me to bathe include someone talking about hot baths/showers online or on TV and for a while it was just my routine to take a bath before bed.