When I started this challenge, I thought to myself: “this is a horrible idea!”
And I didn’t knew to what extent until the first time I turned on the cold water (all the way), the second the water will hit your body you won’t be able to breathe
It felt as if my body was in some kind of shock and my first reaction was to scream in a very high pitch.
On the second day, I found myself in bed for almost 30 min in the morning trying to convince myself that taking a cold shower now will be a bad idea… I took it anyway.
Only on the 6th day
I began to say to myself: “this is not too bad…” and from that point onward, with every day that passed I actually began to enjoy it more and more
From not wanting to get out of bed in the morning to jumping into the cold water first thing in the morning (willingly!).
First, and most important (and most obvious), after taking a cold one, I was AWAKE!
If I wanted to be or not and there was no chance that I would get back to sleep – I was ready to start my day.
Once I started taking cold showers every day and without the bad feeling or fear of the cold, I was able to upgrade my morning routine to a whole new level.
There was a week during my challenge that I have skipped 3 days in a row!
That was one of the worst weeks I had this year, but I managed to get back up and continue my routine, and I’m glad I did.
It actually helped me to get out of the bad feeling that I had that week, so yes, I don’t know if by doing cold showers you’d get rid of your troubles but it will definitely make you feel more energized and I dare say happier.
I honestly believe
That like everything else in life, you got to put the work before you see some progress, some things will take a few days, some may take weeks and others may even take years to accomplish.
But there are no shortcuts, it took me a week just to start liking it and a whole month to see some change, in my mind mostly.
As I said
When I started this challenge, according to all kind of research done over the years these are the benefits that you can expect to have after taking a cold shower (instantly and also over a long period of time):
Make you feel more alert
Improve your skin and hair
Improve your immune system
Help you burn fat
Improve blood circulation
Help your muscles recover faster
Help you get out of your comfort zone
Some of the things listed here I’ve found out to be true and the rest I guess it will take some time, like improving my immune system or skin and hair and even fat burning which I still doubt that one.
And by the way, you don’t have to take it all in at once, I know that a lot of people start their shower in warm water and then gradually move to colder temperatures until they reach a point they are comfortable to start with, and that’s okay too!
The main thing is just to start, you’ll get there on your own time.