Soon I find myself face-to-face with the shower nozzle, asking myself a very hard question.
Hot or cold?
You’re thinking: easy answer. Who in their right mind would take a cold one on a cold morning?
My husband started it. For the past several months, he has been raving about cold showers. I kid you not, when he gets done showering he can’t stop talking about how good he feels. This is not typical. He is not a morning person. He does not normally rave about things in general. Furthermore, outbursts of good feelings are usually my forte.
As it turns out, research reveals countless benefits of cold showers, including increased circulation, healthier skin, improved mental clarity, reduced stress, weight loss stimulation, even relief from depression. (sources) So maybe he’s not making this up.
Still, I was skeptical. Turning that dial to "cold" is hard. Really hard.
Until recently, that is. There’s a trick I use to make it easy. Scratch that. It’s still hard. I discovered a way to make it easier.
Start the shower at a comfortable temperature. Then, once you’re comfortably wet… ready… set… GO! Switch the nozzle all the way to cold, take full, deep breaths (this is important), tell yourself “it’s so good” through each long exhale* (also important), and woo! Feel the rush! It’s true! It feels amazing (once the water is turned off)!
Strangely enough, starting out my day with this success makes it easier for me to be self-disciplined when I’m getting down to work. Scientists agree that this phenomenon, also known as willpower, can be exercised and strengthened (source).
I may not be able to save the world with one shower, but it’s nice to know I can effectively save water, energy, and improve my mental state all in the first few minutes of every day.
Just imagine what could be done with the rest.
Are you a fan of cold showers? Have you tried them? Let us know in the comments or @redbudsuds #thoughtfullyclean
*Feriss writes that a dad taught his young son to say this while taking cold showers (p 43). If a seven-year-old can, I can. Call me crazy, but it really does help.
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