As we say goodbye to Winter and make our way into Spring, it’s important to remember to maintain a clean life even when we’re not showing off our travel bod. Being clean means more than just showering and brushing your teeth. Clean starts with the body, evolves in the mind, and is reflected in the soul. Dead skin, bacteria, plaque - nobody needs that! Anxiety, self-doubt, and self-pity? Nobody needs that either. Dirt accumulates on more than the skin. It builds up in our minds and our hearts. Being unclean is a part of life, but becoming clean is the meaning of life. We have a choice every day to let the dirt win, or to rise above it. Dirt is here only so that we can better understand and appreciate cleanliness, and as we’ve all heard before: “cleanliness is next to godliness.”

The Rich Barber: 3 Tips for Staying Clean & Serene - 1. Keep your Body Clean

1. Keep Your Body Clean Your body is the first birthday gift you receive on this earth. Cherish it, love it, and respect it. It doesn’t matter what weight or shape you are - your body looks after you day after day and you owe it to your body to reciprocate that loyalty. Keep a clean body by bathing regularly. That doesn’t mean you have to shower every day. In fact, over-showering and over-washing your hair can strip your skin and hair of the essential oils that keep it healthy. Find a routine that works for you and stick to it. I always recommend taking cold showers - as cold as you can stand it. Cold showers regulate body temperature, increase endorphins, increase testosterone, and keep your skin and hair happy. Use The Rich Barber Shampoo + Conditioner to naturally block DHT and keep your hair healthy and nourished. When you’re done, towel off with The Rich Barber Professional Grooming Towels, 4 Pack. Our towels absorb water quickly, trap debris, and are made with non-abrasive 100% cotton. Remember to brush and floss after each meal to minimize bacteria in the mouth which can cause tooth decay and gum disease. That bacteria can go straight to the heart and cause serious problems down the line. Finally, keep your hands clean. We often don’t realize how much we interact with the world through our hands. Make sure to trim your fingernails (and toenails) to prevent hangnails and infected nail beds. Always wash your hands after preparing or eating food, going to the bathroom, coughing, or sneezing. When you can’t wash your hands, take The Rich Barber Disinfecting Hand Sanitizer. Made with an alcohol base, our sanitizer kills 99.9% of germs while keeping skin nourished with Omega-6 Fatty Acids, Vitamin E, and Castor Oil.

The Rich Barber: 3 Tips for Staying Clean & Serene - 2. Keep your Mind Clean

2. Keep Your Mind CleanA clean body leads to clean thoughts, and clean thoughts lead to a joyful life. I know what you’re thinking, and no, “clean thoughts” doesn’t mean closing that tab on your browser. What it means is organizing your thoughts so that you can better understand yourself.There is an old saying by Lao Tzu that I find helpful. It goes like this: “knowing that you do not know is the best. Not knowing that you do not know is an illness.” We should acknowledge every day that we are here on earth to learn. We aren’t born knowing everything, and our job on this planet is to find out more each day about ourselves, each other, and the world we inhabit. Keeping your mind clean simply means letting go of thoughts that don’t serve you. Self-pity, self-loathing, and self-doubt are choices we make. Tell them to get lost! This is your mind, and you’re in control.Keeping a clean mind also means keeping a clean schedule. Each day, write down your To-Do list and include your goals and the things you’re grateful for. Cross things off as you accomplish them. You’ll begin to have a greater appreciation for all that you’ve done and all that you have and that appreciation will allow you to achieve and acquire the things you most want.When we have clean thoughts, our work becomes cleaner. For me, that means giving better haircuts, making better products, and becoming a better teacher. Think of your mind like you think of your home: if it’s unclean, you feel less able to do the work you need to do. Declutter your mind through meditation, journaling, and exercise and give your passion the room it deserves to stretch out and feel at home. Kick your bad thoughts to the curb.

The Rich Barber: 3 Tips for Staying Clean & Serene - 3. Keep your Soul Clean

    3. Keep Your Soul Clean You might think keeping your soul clean is some new age woo-woo, but it’s           so much more than that. Keeping your soul clean doesn’t mean you need to           believe in a religion or a God (or even a soul!), but it does mean admitting               that there are forces in the universe outside of your control. These forces               can be electromagnetic, gravitational, or spiritual, but regardless, they are               the forces that determine all actions we take as human beings. Understanding that we are influenced by these forces allows us to adopt               practices that work with, and not against them. We can’t see air, but we can           feel and observe it and, through that observation, we can understand it.                 Think of quicksand: when you struggle and flail, you only sink deeper, but               when you remain calm and focused, you are able to slowly free yourself. Keeping a clean soul is easier than keeping a clean house. It’s just as much about choosing what to do as it is about choosing what NOT to do. To keep a clean soul, meditate daily, cut out toxic people, get out in nature, and, most importantly, PUT YOUR DAMN PHONE AWAY! You’ll start to see that your soul is already clean, and only by allowing negative influences into your life do we start to see it tarnish. Remember this: clean is the status quo. We become “unclean” only through our choices. As we get back to work, travel, and the post-pandemic world at large, we have the ability to choose the path of cleanliness for our bodies, minds, and souls. As Ghandi said: “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with dirty feet.”

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