An important part of my morning routine to apply a small amount of stress to the body. There are so many health benefits to cold exposure.
Getting yourself comfortable with discomfort is extremely valuable in building a strong mind and a calm, focused mental state. I keep the water between 0-1 degrees, and stay submerged for 1-2 minutes.
If you want to give it a try, start by turning the hot water off at the end of your shower and letting it run completely cold for the last 30 seconds. Your mind will reject it initially, and your internal dialogue will scream at you to get out! That’s part of the challenge. Your mind is like a muscle. Applying minor, controlled stress will make it stronger and give you more control over your mindset and thought patterns.
If you have a medical condition or other concerns, please consult with your primary care provider before trying an ice bath.