Beating procrastination with cold showers

Disclaimer: If you are considering starting taking cold showers you should talk to your GP first because cold showers are not recommended for people suffering from certain medical conditions.

You could argue about various health benefits of cold showers but in this post I am not going to talk about those. Instead, I would like to share my experience with cold showers and what effects they had on my as a person.

So maybe half a year ago I’ve red an article about cold shower therapy and decided to give it a try myself. I would wake up in the morning and the first thing I would do is run to the shower, set it to the coldest temperature and once the water is at it’s coldest I would shout my call to action phrase I talked about in this post and jump in. If I told you it’s not pleasant, I’d be sugarcoating it. The first time I did it, it was in the middle of winter and it was freezing outside. The water was so cold, my skin went bright red, my mind completely shut down and all I wanted to do was jump out. But you can’t just jump out. You have to torture yourself for 5 minutes. It’s the last thing I want to do in the morning. I’d rather run to my computer and start doing taxes than spend 5 minutes in this frozen hell. And it does not get better over time. You just learn to cope with it. But that’s the whole point of doing it. Here are a few benefits of cold showers that I noticed so far:

1. You start your day with a big challenge and a great win. You’ve been awake for 10 minutes and you have already achieved something. It’s an amazing way to start a day.

2. Discipline and willpower is a muscle. The more you practise, the easier it gets. You will require a lot of discipline and willpower to torture yourself with cold showers every morning.

3. You get into the mindset of doing things right away. No delays, no hesitation. When you stand next to that ice cold shower, contemplating whether you should jump in or not, imagining how much it will hurt, questioning yourself: “Why am I doing this? Is it worth it?” things just get worse and worse. I soon learned that it’s better to just jump in without hesitation and get it over with.

4. You learn to delay your gratification. You spend 5 minutes in ice cold shower, you want to jump out every second, you know the pain will stop instantly and you will feel nice and warm. Instead, you chose to stay in because you know it is helping you in the long run. You are choosing short term discomfort to improve yourself in the long run.

5. I felt much more energetic and focused, not just straight after taking a cold shower but for the most of the day. I would previously take a lot longer to wake up and prepare my body and mind for work.

Give cold showers a try, maybe you would find them incredibly beneficial too.

Comments on Beating procrastination with cold showers

  1. Mika Hämäläinen says:

    I tried this for about three weeks. Every day, a cold shower for one minute. The problem: In my home, I only get around 17 degrees Celsius on the coldest setting. There is a 5 second blast of really cold water in the beginning, but it fades away really fast, and I have no idea why. The water is not colder in the kitchen, either. But still, it’s a very invigorating way to start your day. 17 degrees C is pretty comfortable, especially after the blast of freezing water.
    I don’t know if it will help with procrastination, but it does get you in a better mood.
    Cold showers: Fully recommended.

    1. mightyb says:

      Yea, the water is probably not cold enough. It needs to be so cold that you start your day with a challenge and accomplish something very uncomfortable. Have you noticed your skin getting healthier? Even though it’s not freezing cold water it should still be very good for your skin as hot shower could dry your skin up.

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