No hot water!
That was my surprise when I turned on the shower (I'll be here for 2 months).
I decided to turn a negative into a positive by committing to a 30 Day Cold Shower Challenge, which will be 60 days when it’s all said and done, because I don’t have a choice.
But nonetheless after these past 30 days, I can say that I’m committed to cold showering as a life long habit.
Now, when I take a cold shower I start by spraying my legs and feet, then my arms, then my hair.
I save the neck and the rest of my body for last because it’s the most sensitive.
Right before I spray my neck I may pump myself up by shouting, “F*ck it, we’ll do it live!” or “The hard is what makes it great!”
Once my whole body is wet, I find the longer I’m in the shower the less the cold bothers me (up until a point - you don’t want to be in there longer than an hour unless you’re the Ice Man).
I usually take two showers a day - the morning one is the most difficult, but also the most rewarding in terms of the energy I feel once I come out.
In addition to more energy, I feel grittier.
I think in modern society we’re too soft, especially when it comes to the elements - hot, cold, rain, snow, etc.
And I believe by doing little challenges like this I’ll be able to expand my comfort zone and withstand discomfort longer, which will translate into other areas of my life.
According to the research, cold showers are also good for your hair and skin. I remember when I was young I’d take such long, hot showers that my Dad didn’t believe I was showering because he felt my hair looked greasier than when I went in.
He had me stand in the shower in a bathing suit with hot water hitting my body for an extended period of time to see that I could withstand it. Little did he know, nor did I, that my hair looked greasier BECAUSE of the heat.
I also read that cold showers are good for weight loss (the act of shivering burns fat), muscle soreness, stress relief, and relieving depression.
Overall I definitely recommend this challenge.