When I heard about the cold showers for the first time I thought that people should be totally insane to try this and give up on the comfort of a hot bath, so I rejected the idea immediately. But as it gained more and more popularity and people started talking about the health and mental benefits of cold showers, I started reconsidering the option of trying it.
As I like to challenge myself and push my limits, I decided to take cold showers for 30 days. After all, it’s just a shower, right? But before sharing my experience with it, here are some of the reasons that convinced me to embark on this challenge:
Cold showers are felt like a shock by the human body. The moment the cold water touches your skin is terrifying, but as soon as you get used to it, they give you an instant rush and make you feel awake and rejuvenated. It releases natural endorphins, which helps you boost your mood. It is believed that cold showers can even ameliorate the symptoms of depression.
STRENGTHENS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Cold water is an amazing stimulant for your blood flow and makes your muscles contract, flushing out the toxins. Therefore your body works better when it comes to the healing process and repairing itself from illness.
INCREASES WILL POWER
The minutes spent in the cold shower gradually build your will power without any doubt. The body shouts that wants to get out of the freezing water and your mind will give you numerous reasons why taking a cold shower is a bad idea. But you keep staying in there, resisting the temptation of giving up and turning that discomfort into power.
Believe it or not, cold showers are an amazing and inexpensive technique against aging. It is used as a remedy since ancient times and due to its effectiveness, it will never get out of fashion. As it helps you burn fat faster, strengthens your tolerance to stimuli and speeds your metabolic rate, cold showers are the perfect tools for optimal health and longevity.
Life begins at the end of the comfort zone
There are various ways you can take cold showers, but I would suggest you start with one right after you woke up. If the thought of jumping into freezing water scares you too much, then you could try alternating from warm to cold. Just take the shower as you would normally do and finish with some cold water.
Start small and build your resistance gradually. You can begin with staying for 30 seconds in the cold shower, then working up to 1 or 2 minutes, but always remember to listen to your body and be receptive to what it’s telling you.
Some people prefer to begin with the feet, then the knees and legs, introducing one part of the body at a time, but I personally get fully into the cold water as I find it easier to endure the shock. I encourage you to try them both and keep with the technique that works best for you.
The first time I took a cold shower I couldn’t move, I couldn’t even breathe and all I could think about was to never try this again. But after a few seconds, I got used to that feeling and I started to calm myself down, enjoying the rejuvenating cold water. I thought that with practice this habit will become easier, but I’m going to be honest with you, it won’t. The shock and the need to flinch will be there every single time, but it depends on your level of commitment if you will continue or not.
But just the fact that I endured the cold showers for 30 days and I sticked to this routine, taught me something about myself and the boundaries meant to ,,protect me”. It ain’t easy, it ain’t really enjoyable, but if I can resist it, so can you. Just stop limiting yourselves and start seeking growth over comfort.
Don’t accept a life of mediocrity when you have an infinite potential inside of you