3 Reasons to love Cold Showers

Two months ago, I decided to switch from regular showers to cold ones. You’re probably wondering: “Why on earth would you do that?” You might even ask yourself if I’m not downright stupid.

I understand.

Let me try to explain why switching from today’s comfort to a caveman’s lifestyle might be better for you.

1. It’s fast

The fact that it’s painfully cold will trigger an old mechanism inside you, which will make sure you don’t waste anytime not needed for. Practically, this means it will help you getting to the point and saving some time: You cleanse yourself and that’s it. No more, no less. Now you’re free to do whatever you really want to do: productivity time increased.

2. It’s healthy

I don’t want to be too technical but cold showering is super healthy: it helps looking better, alleviating depression, burning fat, boosting your immune system, and so on.

Cold water makes you look better, having a drastic effect on your skin and hair but also on the heat regulation of your body.

It will help to clear your ideas too: When I’m feeling overwhelmed, a cold shower helps me to reorganize my thoughts. Even better, it helps me to externalize. If you don’t believe me, I dare you to jump underneath an ice-cold stream of water without saying a word.

3. It’s green

Making it cold and fast isn’t good just for you, it’s also good for the planet.

Because it’s fast, you’re wasting less water. Thinking about the massive draught my friends in California are experiencing right now, I feel this is also good for the environment and thus makes you a more responsible citizen.

Because it’s cold, you’re not using the heating system, which means less energy consumed.

Overall, cold showering helps you to minimize your footprint.

Before you take the leap

To be frank with you, I had some serious doubts I could sustain such a challenge on a daily basis. At first it didn’t even seem possible. But you know what? Now it’s so easy it just became part of my regular routine!

Since most of us aren’t used to cold showering, I’d recommend to get there step by step. First just use your regular setting and whenever you feel ready, start turning it down. You don’t have to reach an ice-cold level on the first time, halfway there is a good start already. Whatever you choose, just make sure you leave enough time for your body to get accustomed to it.

For those of you who are showering after exercise, make sure you leave enough time to your body to cool down before showering if you don’t want to end up experiencing muscle pain or hypothermia.


Since it’s all about sharing, let me know what you think and how you do!


Pastimes, Hobbies and Why you need them

There are more and more people burning out. But what do you do for Change?

Here is a little excerpt from Painting as a Pastime written by Winston Churchill while dealing with UK’s defence during World War II:

Many remedies are suggested for the avoidance of worry and mental overstrain by persons who, over prolonged periods, have to bear exceptional responsibilities and discharge duties upon a very large scale. Some advise travel, and others, retreat. Some praise solitude, and others, gaiety. No doubt all these may play their part according to the individual temperament. But the element which is constant and common in all of them is Change.

Change is the master key. A man can wear out a particular part of his mind by continually using it and tiring it, just in the same way as he can wear out the elbows of his coat. There is, however, this difference between the living cells of the brain and inanimate articles: one cannot mend the frayed elbows of a coat by rubbing the sleeves or shoulders; but the tired parts of the mind can be rested and strengthened, not merely by rest, but by using other parts. It is not enough to merely switch off the lights which play upon the main and ordinary field of interest; a new field of interest must be illuminated.

It is no use saying to the tired mental muscles – if one may coin such an expression – “I will give you a good rest,” “I will go for a long walk,” or “I will lie down and think of nothing.” The mind keeps busy just the same. If it has been weighing and measuring, it goes on weighing and measuring. If it has been worrying, it goes on worrying. It is only when new cells are called into activity, when new stars become the lords of the ascendant, that relief, repose, refreshment are afforded.

Winston Churchill, Painting as a Pastime

Personally, action sports are one of the best way I have found to clear my mind. What is yours?