If you live in any place where the thermometer stays at a frighteningly low level, cold showers are sure to be a nightmare for you. However, no matter how unnerving the thought of a cold shower may be, it is scientifically proven to be rife with mental, physical, and psychological benefits.
Among its many health benefits, taking regular cold showers can improve one’s immune system, ease stress, improve blood circulation, regularise sleep, boost metabolism, improve testosterone, and even relieve depression.
What’s more? Taking cold water showers has a deeper impact on your mind and mental health, and here are a few ways they can truly change your life, according to science.
It improves willpower and discipline
Willpower is one of the strongest human emotions. Unfortunately, we have a limited supply of it and it keeps diminishing through the day. By practicing resistance to the cold and simply standing resilient under the cold flowing water, you not only nurture the discipline to withstand adversities, you also build willpower and gradually increase your willpower budget for the day. If you’re having trouble getting on to that much-needed diet, just start day 1 with a cold shower.
It makes you more accepting
Braving the stabbing cold water running down your body day after day is a great way to train yourself to handle larger problems that come your way later in life. You learn to accept adversity and are better prepared for the more grave problems that life is going to throw at you.
It makes you humble
When you feel the biting cold on your body through a freezing cold sure, in this moment you are completely at nature’s mercy and are at a place where you are equal to everyone else. One may be rich, poor, famous, or insignificant, but our human traits, fears, sensitivity to pain and temperature, and so on are all aspects that level the playing field for humans across the world.
Taking a cold shower is a humbling experience, as it makes one realize that no matter how far we get in life, some experiences are shared by all of us alike.
It teaches you how to meditate
Your body’s natural reaction to a sudden cold rush is to voluntarily gasp for breath. Once you get used to a cold shower every morning, your body is more relaxed as well. It trains itself to be calm even under sudden stress and enhances your breathing priming you for a relaxed session of meditation.
It makes you more tolerant
After dealing with a stressor, such as the cold, day in and day out, your body learns how to adapt to external stressful factors and makes you a far more tolerant person in your everyday life. You gradually learn to take control over your reactions to distress and train yourself to handle adversities coming your way.