So why do I have cold showers? Well, it’s fairly simple really. Every day I wake up and take a cold shower, even though I don’t want to and I know it’ll be uncomfortable. And that act of doing something I don’t want to, every single day, is empowering. I’ve written about having cold showers in the past, but my reasons for having cold showers have changed since I first started out. You can read my previous post here.
Last Friday I woke up and really didn’t want to have a cold shower. We’re coming into winter here in Australia, so I was already a little bit cold and the cold water is getting noticeably colder! I really, really didn’t want to have a cold shower. I got out of bed and stood in front of the shower for a minute thinking about it. I turned the cold water tap on, took a couple of big deep breaths and stepped into the shower. The cold was initially shocking, but my body eventually relaxed and I slowed my breathing, then I simply enjoyed the shower.
When it’s all said and done, a cold shower is just a shower. Whilst it’s mildy uncomfortable at the beginning, it’s really not that big a deal, even though I can build it up in my mind as this awful experience. Once I’ve finished the shower, I actually feel really good as well. More energised and calm then I usually do with a regular shower. It’s this idea of stepping into something uncomfortable and coming out the other side that’s the biggest benefit for me. I’m not great with difficult conversations or confrontations, but what’s the worst that can happen and they’re usually not as bad as I had built up in my mind. Having a difficult conversation surely can’t be as bad as a freezing cold shower, and I’ve already had one of those today!