Cold Shower – What you need to know

If you struggle to wake up in the mornings, the last thing on your mind would be jumping into a cold shower.

The coldest thing you probably endure day to day is walking barefoot on your home floor tiles or that moment between turning off the hot water tap and reaching out for your towel in the shower.

Just the thought of a cold shower sends shivers down your spine. Afterall, who would willingly put themselves through such torture right?

Turns out, though, that a cold shower can have far reaching benefits for your mental and physical health.

The Wim Hof Method

In fact, I’ve recently been starting my days with this cold shock exposure after being convinced by the Wim Hof method.

Wim Hof (a.k.a The Ice Man) holds numerous world records for cold temperature exposure. Cold exposure, coupled with a specific breathing technique and mindset, goes on to form the Wim Hof method.

This method has been scientifically backed and has been found to boost the immune system by tapping into the autonomic nervous system.

Impressive stuff!

The Benefits of a Cold Shower

Besides boosting the immune system, the many benefits of a cold shower:

  • Make you more resilient to stress
  • Improve your skin
  • Reduce depression symptoms
  • Improve circulation
  • Boost your energy levels
  • Ground you in the present

Taking Action

Before you nod your head, though, and say it isn’t for you, give it a try! Start slow and build your way up.

Consider the following steps:

1. Hot shower

Start your shower like any other day. Chances are, your eyes are still closed by the time you step in.

A kettle boiling steam

2. Breathe

Meanwhile, whilst draining all the hot water, consciously breathe in and out for 30 times. Inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth. This will prepare your body for what’s to come.

Man hyperventilating into a paper bag

3. Cold shower

Once you’re likely to reach the last hot water drop, instead of automatically switching off the tap, turn the shower fully onto cold for 30 seconds.

Man screaming under a cold shower

If you are one of the lucky ones to have a shower head, you can gradually start with your feet and work your way up to your head.

In time, increase your time spent under the cold water.

Finally, once you turn off the tap, notice yourself reborn, re-energised and ready to tackle life head on! ….. at least until tomorrow morning’s wake up.

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