Life became, even more, productive than before. I felt refreshed, composed and ready to tackle on the day.
In 2015, I was reading a lot about the benefits from a cold shower every single day. I thought it was crazy. Seriously. Who wants to be uncomfortable and in pain from something that should be soothing. I always love waking up in the morning and having a warm shower or after a long day of work, soak in the rain sprinkles that come from your shower head. But I kept reading about the positive effects taking a cold shower every day would have and so I decided to take the plunge. I did it for 30 days and here were my results.
Taking a cold shower in the morning made me more alert and kept my energy going for most of the day. Usually, I get tired mid-day but it seems like the effects of the cold shower made me more attentive and aware of my surroundings. I was more energetic and always wanted to do more and more. Life became, even more, productive than before. I felt refreshed, composed and ready to tackle on the day.
Used To The Cold Shower
The first week was brutal. I only managed to stay in the shower for a good minute or so and then jumped right out. I kept shivering and always anticipated feeling discomfort every time I stepped into the shower. After the first week, I tried a different technique. Rotating. I rotated my body constantly in the shower so that the cold will affect all parts of my body. I would allow the cold water to hit the front part of my body for a good 30 seconds and then my side, move on to my back and then to my opposite side. I kept doing this and found that I grew accustomed to how the cold felt against my skin. I highly recommend this option if the discomfort is too much. Over time, I learned to tolerate the cold. The thing that didn’t go away after 30 days was the initial shock.
I am generally a very happy individual but throughout my 30 days of taking this challenge, I was in a better mood than usual. Things that normally would stress me, didn’t. I kept thinking about how grateful I am to be alive and happy with my life. In hindsight, this happiness could also be attributed to me being more productive and getting things done. It’s interesting to note that your mood can change based on the type of shower you take. If you find yourself sad or inching towards depression, take the time to invest in a cold shower and see how it can help you out.
Cold showers are not for everyone and I didn’t continue them past the 30 days. It is challenging to keep up because the luxury of having warm showers is too hard to resist, at least in my case. But practice and slowly incorporate taking a cold shower in your life and see if it can help you out in a positive way. Begin by taking a warm shower and towards the end, turn it all the way to cold and relax and soak it all in. The benefits from a cold shower could be what you need to jumpstart your year! Best of luck and I hope to hear of your results!
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