Cold showers may not sound like the best thing in the world, especially if you don’t live somewhere in the tropics. You might fear the feeling of stepping into a cold shower, knowing that every part of your body is going to be stabbed with a thousand cold wet knives.
However, cold showers are actually incredibly beneficial for you, to the point that they can change your life.
This article is going to focus on the mental benefits of cold showers, however; there are some amazing health benefits to cold showers as well.
- Increased alertness
- Improved immune system
- Eases stress
- Relieves depression
- Increased blood circulation
- Improved sleep
- Improved testosterone
- Speeds up metabolism
- Activates fat loss
You Learn To Accept
When you wake up every day knowing that you’re about to step into a cold shower, you eventually learn to accept. Accept that there is sometimes you just have to do but you don’t want to. This means that the environment you put yourself in isn’t always going to feel the best or be the best, and by learning to accept you learn to be grateful for what you have. Because the more you accept the bad, the more you will appreciate the good.
The happiest countries in the world are all located in Northern Europe, and Canada. What do they all have in common? They are all freezing cold.
You Learn To Be Humble
When you get too big-headed, it’s always important to have something in your life that can pop your balloon and knock you back to the ground. For many of us, that “something” is a cold shower.
Remember the ALS ice bucket challenge? We all loved those videos, and every celebrity from Oprah to Bill Gates took a part in it. But why?
Because we wanted to see them drenched and shivering. We wanted to see them humbled.
You Learn To Tolerate
There is one piece of advice that anyone who wants to achieve anything in life must always remember—you have to learn how to be uncomfortable.
If you don’t know how to be uncomfortable, you will end up spoiled and bratty, and never let yourself get dirty or exhausted or sweaty, even if you are working towards something you want.
A popular type of meditative technique teaches this, called Vipassana meditation. This is where you meditate in complete silence for over ten hours a day, and for some hours, you aren’t allowed to move at all. Scratches, itches, sore backs, cramped legs—everything must be ignored, until eventually you learn to control your body with your mind.
Cold showers work in the same way. They teach us to tolerate stress and uncomfortable situations. The mind learns that it must figure out a way how to cope with situations that cause the body to feel stressed. With cold showers, you become the owner of your body, not the other way around.
You Learn Discipline And Willpower
The strongest human trait is the willpower. Willpower determines everything that you will do with your life. It measures how much you will resist temptations, control addictions, get enough sleep, keep yourself healthy and in shape, be smarter, and be a better person in general. That is why willpower is the greatest trait you can develop, and many people who lack the willpower to achieve greatness believe that it is something you are born with.
But it’s not—just like a muscle, willpower and discipline must be practiced, used, and exercised to make stronger.
And this is what cold showers do. In just one minute a day, you can improve your willpower. Stand in the cold shower without moving and without resisting, and you will build up the wall of willpower within you. This willpower and discipline can be applied to all areas of your life.
You Learn How To Meditate
Wim Hof is the world record holder for dozens of temperature records. He can outlast and survive temperatures that would turn other people into shivering piles of bones. Scientists have studied him, and they discovered that he has the strange ability to control his immune system with his mind. What is more, he teaches other people how to do this, and cold is his number one training tool.
Wim Hof believes that everything is connected with your breathing. As soon as you feel a rush of cold, your body naturally starts gasping for quick breaths. When you learn to control your breathing—fighting against the natural tendencies of your body—you enter a state of meditation.
This meditation washes you of your regrets, stresses, and anxieties, giving you a start to your day that a warm shower could never fulfill.