Want to improve your motivation, have more confidence and finally tackle those long-awaited projects head on?
Cold Shower Therapy could have you doing all that (and more) in just 30 days.
What Is Cold Shower Therapy?
Unlike what you’re probably thinking, cold shower therapy is not as crazy or backwards as it sounds. (Well, it is, but we’re going somewhere with this, we promise.)
Instead, it is actually a self-made ‘litmus test’ created by the people at Impossible HQ, designed to push you to your limits, help you become comfortable with the uncomfortable, and enable you to do things you might have never thought you could. In not so many words, it is, as the name prescribes, a ‘therapy’…for all those wishing to give themselves a much-needed kick start, or find their war cry.
Cold Shower Therapy (or CST, as it will be named for the rest of this article), involves spending five minutes under the coldest temperature setting of your shower, every day for 30 days. It has to be a full five minutes, and it has to be continuous – no hopping in and out. It is, we imagine, an undoubtedly horrendous experience many of us would never have dreamed of doing before.
But then if it’s really so horrible, why do it?
People Who Need Cold Shower Therapy
CTS has been known to have a multitude of benefits – both physically and mentally – for everyone who decides to undertake it.
In particular, it is recommended especially for people who:
- Have been planning a project or big life change since they can remember, but feel they don’t know where to start or haven’t found the ‘right time’
- Are easily fazed by change and don’t like stepping outside of their usual routine, for fear they’ll lose security
- Are constantly putting off tasks and letting their productivity levels slip
- Have a habit of ‘overplanning’ things…rather than just jumping in and doing it
- Simply wish to become more confident, more proactive and less intimidated by the daily challenges of life.
Do any of those sound familiar?
Why Should You Do Cold Shower Therapy?
It may seem that something so infinitely small as taking a cold shower for five minutes a day couldn’t possibly affect the rest of your day-to-day life. But practitioners and enthusiasts of the process alike claim that over these 30 days your mindset will change in ways you never expected.
Participants like Rita Chand (professional motivator and TED Talker), extreme sports blogger Joel Runyon and motivational entrepreneur Nick Reese have reported big gains in their personal lives after carrying out CST, such as better mental clarity; more determination and grit; enhanced resilience, and (the big one) the motivation to finally do the things you’ve been putting off.
Other benefits of the bizarre technique include:
- Faster adaptation to uncomfortable scenarios or undesirable situations
- More focus and determination
- Better stamina
- Increased productivity
- More confidence (both in one’s self and their abilities).
And if that’s not enough to tempt us girls, there are a bunch of physical benefits too, such as:
- Better circulation (aiding with problems like cellulite)
- Healthier, more glowing skin (cold water won’t strip its natural moisture like hot water does)
- Shinier, silkier hair (due to cold water closing the cuticle of the hair shaft)
- Increased energy levels.
Cold water and cold weather has even been known to increase our heart rate and metabolism, albeit if only for the duration you’re in it. Therefore, taking cold showers (or baths) can even help with weight loss.
Why Does It Work?
CST is by no means a medical practice, or even a formally recognised therapy. But the stories and testimonials from those who have done simply cannot be ignored (do a Google search).
CST works because you’re forcing yourself to do something you don’t like. In every area of our lives, we will need to do things we don’t want to do, and CST can help us master this skill.
Also, as your body adapts to the water, you’ll soon learn that its possible to adapt to anything that makes us feel uncomfortable, intimidated or uncertain. Feeling the fear and yet choosing to do it anyway is an important practice we should all be applying to every aspect of our lives. By choosing fear over safety and comfort, we’re training ourselves to become better in the face of adversity.
Ready to get started?
- During your usual shower, take a moment to turn your temperature setting as cold as you can stand it, then remain there for five minutes.
- You may wish to start with ten seconds, building up with ten seconds each day, until you can stand five minutes. Start counting your days from the day you reach this golden milestone – no cheating!
- According to Joel Runyon (an experienced CSTist), the point at which your body will start to adapt to the cold will be around 60 seconds. And its around the third day, he says, that you’ll decide to stick it out and do this thing for real.
- You don’t have to have anything specific in mind while doing CST, but if you want, choose a goal or task you’ve been thinking about doing for ages. And see how CST helps you do it.
Are you tough enough for the challenge? Let us know how you get on in the comments below.