How to Build a Bulletproof Mind in 5 Minutes a Day with Cold Showers
“Today I escaped anxiety. Or no, I discarded it, because it was within me, in my own perceptions – not outside.” – Marcus Aurelius
When I first started taking control of my anxiety. I had no idea where to start, so I did what most people do and went to see a therapist. After several visits, I realized that it was not for me. So, I began looking elsewhere. I had done zero research on anxiety/mental health at that point, so I did what most men nowadays in their 20s and 30s do when we have a question about something, I listened to the Tim Ferriss Show.
The newest episode was an interview with Wim Hof, a Dutch world record holder, adventurer, and daredevil, commonly nicknamed “The Iceman” for his ability to withstand extreme cold. In the episode, they talked a lot about the benefits of cold water therapy. My initial thoughts were anything but supportive…
Are they crazy? There is no way I could take a cold shower every morning. Let alone take an ice bath. It is December, I would freeze. That may work for a crazy Dutchman, but there is no way it could help an anxious New Yorker.
But I am happy to say that I was dead wrong.
After almost a year talking myself out of it, I finally started taking a cold shower every morning. And I have been doing it for the last 176 days. The benefits have been nothing short of amazing. But don’t take my word for it…
The Science Behind the Cold
“The cold makes you go within.” – Win Hof
Dr. Rhonda Patrick, founder of Found My Fitness and all-around scientific bad ass, wrote a dense report on the topic called Cold Shocking the Body. If you are scientifically inclined, check it out!
For us lesser scientifically minded folks, her report begins by talking about the effect of cold shocks through cold-water immersion (ice bath) on the brain. She explains that by taking a cold shower, you are increasing the release of the hormone norepinephrine (one that calms you down) to the blood, which will have a positive influence on focus, attention, and mood.
7 Things Freezing My Butt Off Taught Me
Although there are many scientific health reasons that you should try out a cold shower, in my opinion, the most important thing it has done for me is building my mental resilience.
1. Pain is Inevitable: Suffering is Optional
2. Accepting What is Here
3. The Power of your Breath
4. Face your Fear Daily
5. Working with your Thoughts
7. 10% Happier
You can start making changes today that will not only benefit you will also benefit everyone around you. I challenge you to take a cold shower. I promise you will learn something deeper about yourself.
By Benjamin Foley.