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.
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.