There’s nothing like taking a hot shower. The hot water relaxes my muscles. Every time I step out from a hot shower, I feel revitalized. It’s therapeutic. It’s a new beginning. Maybe you slept, drank and/or ate too much the night before, but after you take a shower, it seems like the slate the slate is clean. It’s a new you after a nice hot shower.
So why the hell would anyone want to switch from hot to cold showers? It seems unnecessary; however there are more benefits to cold showers than hot showers, if you can get over the uncomfortable part.
Warning: If you have a heart condition, don’t try this!
4 Reasons to take a Cold Shower
Here are four reasons to try out taking a cold shower (Number 4 is the main reason I started this habit a week ago):
- Improves Mood. Similar to how exercise can improve your mood, but it’s not the same. They both give you that adrenaline rush but exercise has a much longer lasting affect. The cold water shocks the system. This shock to the system boosts norepinephrine production, which is basically an adrenaline rush. (I skipped a few steps but the point is it can help improve your mood).
- Healthy skin and hair. Hot water dries your skin. Cold water closes your pores, which gives your skin a smooth appearance and prevents you from having ashy skin.
- Boosts recovery after exercise. After every long run or tough workout in college, I would ice my legs because it forces the body to create more white blood cells that help aid in recovery. A cold shower lowers your body temperature which forces your body to circulate more white blood cells throughout your body.
- It’s a challenge, it’s uncomfortable and something I don’t want to do. There are other benefits and if you’re interested, do some research, but the reason I started taking cold showers last week is because it is difficult. I use it as practice for doing something uncomfortable. Public speaking, meeting someone new and trying new things in general is uncomfortable, and I’ve noticed where I’ve fallen short is where I have stubbornly remained in my comfort zone. Therefore a cold shower is one small thing I now do to remind myself that those things I perceive as dreadful really aren’t that bad and if they are, they don’t last. It shall pass.