If you’ve been following me you must’ve read or at least seen the article about cold showers. I was so amazed by them that I wrote the article in one breath because I just wanted to share with the world something great. Of course, there were a couple of documentaries and even more articles about the effects of cold showers already, but I still wanted to give my take on the topic.
At first, I was pretty sceptical about the whole idea of enduring all that discomfort for minutes at a time just to then so you can get a temporary boost in your confidence and mood. And of course, it was totally worth it after the first try. I felt amazing like I could do and achieve anything that crossed my mind and I got addicted to that feeling for a while, but then things took a turn for the worst.
One day I just didn’t feel like taking a cold shower so I skipped. The next day I used something as an excuse to take a hot shower instead and just like that everything went to hell.
Here are the main and most important changes I felt after I stopped taking cold showers:
I started feeling awful again
Awful isn’t exactly the word I wanted to use here, but I’m going to restrain myself for now. Before I started taking cold showers I’d often wake up really tired or demotivated and I didn’t know what to do or how to change that. Not long after I stopped these moods started returning occasionally and soon after that they became a standard thing of the day.
Procrastination rose up
As you probably guessed if you’re getting up all grumpy every day and hate everything that moves you’ll probably not be too eager to do a lot of things ( or anything for that matter). I started skipping going to the gym and I stopped paying attention to a lot of things, most of which were really important to me. The hot showers just pushed me further and further into my old habits and that put me down even more.
Back into my comfort zone, I go
I was never the type of person that did extreme things or anything that would take him too far outside his comfort zone (unless there was a lot of alcohol involved), but that drastically changed once I started taking cold showers. As I mentioned earlier I really thought that I could achieve anything all I had to do was decide what was next on the list. That however quickly changed once I stopped and I started making excuses again why I can’t or shouldn’t do something.
Even though deep inside I still sought the thrill of something new and exciting I was just pushing those desires deeper and deeper within myself with excuses and an unhealthy amount of video games or videos on youtube.
…and there goes my willpower
At one point I was bombarded with excuses and negative thoughts as soon as I thought of doing something. “Going to the gym? Why don’t you check that level in that game first *quickly* and then you’ll go.” As you probably guessed it wasn’t quick at all, but in fact, it consumed hours at a time and then I had to leave things for tomorrow. As time progressed I didn’t feel like doing anything at all, but just binge watch Netflix series and play video games until I lost track of time.
If you are somebody that just got into cold showers or you’re experienced and you’re taking one on a daily basis my advice to you is – Don’t stop taking them. This isn’t something you can start doing and stop once you’ve gotten everything that cold showers can offer.
I was foolish enough to think that a few hot showers couldn’t do much harm, but fast forward a couple of months I’m writing this article about how much I regret exactly those few hot showers.
I’m sure I’m not the only one that has found himself in a situation like this so I’m interested to hear your stories and how long it took you to get back on the cold shower express. I’ve started taking cold showers again and this is my second hot shower free day so I’m already feeling a change in myself.