Growing up, my family used to make fun of me because I took such long showers. I would just sit there letting the steaming hot water hit the back of my neck for a long time, feeling totally relaxed and happy, and with no desire to ever get out. Does this sound familiar at all? Unfortunately, I passed this ritual on to my youngest brother...
Fast forward several years to the present, where I am working to make a transformational shift from night owl to early bird. I've read about and heard several people talk about the benefits of taking cold showers. Then I heard Tony Robbins discuss his morning ritual of immediately jumping into a pool set to 57 degrees Fahrenheit upon waking. As a supremely loyal hot-shower-enthusiast, I was very hesitant to give up this ritual that had been a part of my routine for so many years.
But being open to change is one of my biggest strengths, and I believe one of the critical skills for success in life. So I decided to give it a go. I have been taking cold showers for right around two months now, and I don't think I am ever going back to hot showers.
I will admit that the first one was extremely difficult. It took me several minutes to even get under the stream that was set to the coldest temperature, and once I did the ice cold water took my breath away. But as soon as I finished and turned off the shower, I did something that let me know I had just done something great for myself- I started laughing out loud. I felt so awake, happy, alive, and ready to attack the day that I knew this was a ritual that was here to stay.
Multiple studies have shown that taking cold showers has actual physiological and mental benefits. Benjamin Hardy wrote a fantastic article about morning routines, including taking cold showers. After an unthinkable divorce from hot showers, I have to agree with Benjamin and all of these studies.
Taking a cold shower before school, before a game, before work, or even on the weekends will get you in the right. Push yourself out of your comfort zone just once for me and try out a cold shower one morning this week.
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