I listened to a podcast where Courtland Allen from Indie Hackers talked about taking ice cold showers. Every morning he got into the shower and turned the temperature to cold. I thought he was crazy. But after Googling a little bit about cold showers, I quickly found out that a lot of other people also took them. I read about all of the benefits of taking them, so I thought I could give it a try.
The first time is the worst
I woke up around 6:30, went into the bathroom and opened the shower. I turned the water to the coldest possible temperature and jumped in. I thought I was going to die. It was so insanely cold. How the hell could this give me any health benefit? Every second I stood there all I could think about was that I wanted to turn the temperature to hot, but I didn't.
My goal was 180 seconds. You don't want to take a too short shower and you don't want to take too long showers. After 180 seconds I turned off the water and started drying my self. I got a warm feeling in my body and I felt awake. Could I really continue taking ice cold showers like this every morning?
The next days
The next day when I opened the shower and felt the cold breeze from the water, I instantly didn't want to jump in. Now I knew how cold it was. But I bit my teeth together and jumped in. I got the same feeling as yesterday. All I wanted was to jump out of the shower. But after some seconds I started to feel that I could do it. The water didn't feel like needles anymore.
The shower kept getting better the next days. Even though I didn't want to jump in and the first seconds really sucked, the last minutes of the shower were okay.
When I had taken cold showers for a while, I started missing hot showers. Hot showers are really good and I can just stand there enjoying the hot water. But whenever I turned the temperature to hot, I started to get a feeling that I let my self down. So I just had to continue with the cold showers.
1 year later
After 1 year I still take cold showers. My 2019 new years resolution is to not take any hot showers. Even though I've done it for more than one year, I still have to fight to get into the shower. But when I'm in, I get a good and satisfying feeling that I've done something good.
Taking an ice cold shower as the first thing in the morning gives me a feeling that I can do more. If I can last three minutes doing something I hate, then I'll be able to do anything!
Benefits of taking cold showers
Taking cold showers gives you a lot of health benefits. Here's a few of them.
More energy (My favorite)
Cold showers reduce brain fog and improve overall energy levels. There is even evidence that cold showers can reduce chronic fatigue syndrome.
The cold temperature increases your heart rate, therefore it's boosting your metabolic rate.
There are many studies that show that taking cold showers reduce depression. Cold showers are actually recommended by many doctors before they start prescribing drugs.
Expanding your comfort zone
When you're constantly jumping into a shower you don't want to. You're going out of your comfort zone. Every time you're outside of your comfort zone, you're expanding it. It might not be much, but it's something.
Try it your self!
If you read all the way to the end, it might mean that you actually found this a little bit interesting. So now I will challenge you to do the same. Try waking up early tomorrow and take an ice cold shower. Let me know how it feels :-)