May 2, 2022
𝐓𝐀𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐂𝐎𝐋𝐃 𝐒𝐇𝐎𝐖𝐄𝐑𝐒 𝐃𝐀𝐈𝐋𝐘 – 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐌𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞
I was first introduced to cold immersion by Wim Hof a few years ago and now one of my favorite hobbies it to study the work of Dr. Andrew Huberman of Stanford. His research includes documents the myriad of benefits of cold-water immersion:
I am 100% seeking the psychological change. I am training for psychological resilience on a daily basis with deliberate periods of physiological discomfort. Through repetition we can develop a Habit and build more neurological feedback loops in the direction of taking action in the face of stress, strain and discomfort.
By utilizing the powerful connection between psychology and physiology we can change our narrative and remove our self-imposed limitations.
Multiple mornings have gone by where I say “ugh …I don’t want to do this”. I even begin developing justifications and excuses …” This is Excessive”, “Who do I think I am?”,” I’ve done it long enough”. I almost quit. As soon as I hear that voice and feel that physical feeling in my Vagus Nerve…I take IMMEDIATE Action in the opposite direction. I do it any way… I step and WIN that small mental battle.
This is me keeping a promise to myself. My SELF heard me commit to cold showers and each time I live up to that promise, I solidify the belief that I am a person who does what they say they will do. 𝐀𝐬 𝐃𝐨𝐧 𝐌𝐢𝐠𝐮𝐞𝐥 𝐑𝐮𝐢𝐳 𝐩𝐮𝐭𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐀𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐈 – 𝐁𝐞 𝐈𝐦𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐜𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐝.
At some point throughout the day and life there will come times that I have to endure discomfort and each day I prove to my SELF that I am capable.
The water is also never as cold as I think it will be the second before step in. The narrative in my mind is worse than reality. The meditation I use while in the cold helps me focus on:
Where else in my life is my narrative worse than reality?
Where am I suffering my imagination in advance?
Where do I procrastinate? …maybe the water isn’t that cold.
𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞?