This might seem a little insane to some people. Who am I to horn in on your shower time? I am, and I am for good reason. I stumbled across this health benefit a while ago. If there’s something that will give me an edge over my competition, I will take it. That even means taking a cold shower for thirty days straight.
Let me start off by saying that when I started this challenge, I didn’t allow the water to be lukewarm, I went straight for it. The water was freezing, and I even had to give myself a pump up speech before hand. But as the days wore on, I started to feel a new self-worth, one that I’d never had before.
The first week was miserable, but by the start of the second week, it became easier and easier. By the end of the third week, I turned the shower on cold, and I haven’t even thought about it since.
I learned that sometimes your body is completely okay with what you’re doing, but your mind is another matter. I began to have full control over my mind and was able to quiet it down. I’ve used it in the days since to help overcome fears that shine their light upon me. I’ve broken through more barriers in the past month than I have since the start of the year.
There’s no way around it, habits dictate your life. Quoting the great John Dryden, “We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.” Your day to day actions are directly correlated by the habits that you set up.
From the thirty-day cold shower challenge, I learned no matter how daunting a habit might seem, it is possible to implement it into your life. All it takes is one habit to change your entire life. The better habits you cultivate in your life, the better off you’re going to be.
Take it day-by-day. If you look too far into the future, your mind is going to get the better of you. If you put your sole focus on one habit every day, imagine the habits you will have formed over the course of a year or even over a lifetime.
Besides the cold shower dramatically improving my day to day life, there is some science behind it.
I was skeptical at first—wondering if would actually help. I didn’t notice much in the first day or two. But let me tell you, my mood has never been better!