While this article focuses on the mental benefits of cold showers, let` go through some of the physical benefits first:
- Improve Blood Circulation
- Improve Immune Function
- Improve Muscle Recovery
- Improve Skin and Hair
- Improve Sperm Count
- Improve Alertness
- Improve Sleep
- Increase testosterone
- Stimulate fat loss
- Boost metabolism
Making cold showers a daily practice is a great idea, as it will definitely provide you with amazing results. While they may not be visible immediately, if you assess yourself prior and after, you will recognize the benefits for sure! In addition to the physical benefits above, here are 5 psychological benefits which will change your life!
Willpower is the key to virtually everything. It is the answer to anything you want in life, any goal you want to achieve, and anything you want to accomplish in general. Willpower is how you keep your temper in check, eat healthier, get a good rest, earn more money, give up smoking, and live a better life.
According to one study, willpower behaves like a muscle, and you can exercise it to make it stronger. As the researchers noted, “Willpower isn’t just a skill. It’s a muscle, like the muscles in your arms or legs, and it gets tired as it works harder, so there’s less power left over for other things. […] But how far does this analogy extend? Will exercising willpower muscles make them stronger the same way using dumbbells strengthen biceps?”
The good news is that you can strengthen your willpower in just a minute daily. Before stepping out of the shower, turn the water to cold and stay like that for a minute. This is quite uncomfortable, but that is the key to achieving the result!
“Standing under freezing cold showers every morning — I did that. I got up to seven minutes most mornings, and it actually works; it immunizes your body, and your body starts getting used to the cold. It really works.”— Liam Neeson
Having a cold shower trains your mind to not react to changes in leg cramps, itchy nose, or sore back. With practice, this tolerance will extend over other aspects of life. When someone cuts you off in traffic, you will ignore the rush of adrenaline in the body and react properly, for instance.
A recent article on happiness reveals that the happiest countries in the world include Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Finland, Canada, and Netherlands. What these countries have in common is that they are all extremely cold!
As strange as it sees, cold helps the people in these countries be happier. When you live in a cold climate, you are grateful for every sunny day you have. Also, you come to terms with the fact that some things are uncontrollable and you have to accept them as they are!
When you boost your willpower by taking cold showers, build tolerance, and learn to accept the things that life throws at you.
Every meditation practice is based on a certain type of breathing exercise. Focusing on the breath means focusing on the present moment.
Cold showers tackle this aspect of meditation, as it is impossible for the cold water to shock your system without taking gasping breaths. The more you stay under the water, the more focused on now you are.
Hence, the end of the showers turns into a short meditation, a break from the worries that dominate our minds during the day.
Being humbled is a good thing. Cold showers humble everyone and serve as an amazing way to give yourself an occasional psychological setback.
We are all the same, and you are not better than anyone else. As powerful and strong you consider yourself, the cold shower has the power to humble everyone.