8 Benefits of Crazy Cold Showers

it wakens me up like nothing else

Whilst on my own self development journey, I have tried and tested so many different life hacks and growth mindset strategies. One that I found very difficult to adopt but now seem to really love – is those “Crazy Cold Showers” in the morning.

I’ve got to be honest here, it took me a long time to get into the swing of it but now I simply love turning that shower from hot to cold for a short blast of super freshness and sheer aliveness in every cell of my body.

Of course, the real expert on this cold immersion therapy is the guru himself, none other than, Mr Wim Hof – you can find out all about his Wim Hof Method on his website and it’s really quite fascinating but not for the faint-hearted!

The main benefits I feel I get from my morning cold showers are quite simple yet impactful. Here are just a few:

  1. First and foremost it wakens me up like nothing else and after a good 8-9 hours sleep – that’s got to be a good thing.
  2. It uplifts my mood instantly – yes that crazy coldness makes me feel happy inside.
  3. Every cold shower is a challenge to me but the self-satisfaction I feel from overcoming that morning challenge, really does set me up for the day.
  4. My hair and skin looks and feels so much better, fresher and softer to touch – is this cold shower related? I feel it sure is.
  5. It’s fun – yes I did say fun – I treat it like a fun thing to do and it then feels like “childlike fun” in a funny sort of way.
  6. It puts my brain on an uplifted alert mode, which I then feel enhances my focus and concentration levels throughout the day.
  7. I don’t need that morning coffee to wake up my senses – these crazy cold showers work better than caffeine every single time.
  8. It detoxes the mind. The cold shower for me, in that moment, erases all the worries and stresses trapped upstairs – it’s like a destress release button to allow clarity to then kick in.

So there you have it, that’s eight good reasons for anyone to think about introducing a cold shower to their morning routine.

My cold shower process starts with hot, warm, luke warm, cool and then freezing cold – I turn the temperature down every minute or so, which allows by body to adapt quickly to the coldness. I then try to stay as long as possible under the freezing cold water and this is definitely the fun part!

Are you up for the cold shower challenge?

Have you already introduced cold showers into your morning routine?

Let me know you thoughts in the comments section and let’s support each other to be the best version of ourselves each and everyday.

It’s Your Life – GO GET IT!

Written by Clarabelle on 7 October 2022
Posted to Blog on 12 October 2022

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Mental Health and Poetry

Mental Health and Poetry

As of yesterday (02.4.13), I am now a fully Certified Mental Health First Aider, so what does that mean?

Mental Health First Aid, like any other type of first aid, is the help given to a person before appropriate professional help or treatment can be obtained.  First aid of any type has the following aims:

1.  To preserve life
2.  To prevent deterioration of any injury or illness
3.  To promote healing
4.  To provide comfort to the person who is ill, injured or distressed.

Mental Health First Aid is the help given to someone experiencing a mental health problem before other help can be accessed.  A MHFA is not a therapist, however, people are trained in:

  • How to ask about suicide.
  • How to recognise the signs of mental health problems or distress.
  • How to provide initial help.
  • How to guide a person towards appropriate professional help.

First Aid for Mental Health problems such as:

Alcohol and Mental Health;
Cannabis and Mental Health;
Stimulants and Mental Health;
First Aid for Suicide – using the ALGEE method of approach;
First Aid for Self-harm;
First Aid for Depression;
Alcohol and Depression;
Illegal or Recreational Drugs and Depression;
First Aid for Anxiety;
First Aid for Psychosis;
Schizophrenia;
Bipolar Disorder (manic depression).
(The above is an extract from Scotland’s Mental Health First Aider Manual)

Davina’s Poem

One of the reasons I am sharing this with you today, is that at the start of the training we were given a poem to read written by someone who used poetry as a method of communication whilst going through some challenging self harming mental health issues.  I want to share that poem with you today, it is given with kind permission from Davina Smith and it has been included in the Scotland’s Mental Health First Aider Training Manual.  Here is Davina’s poem:

Who Me?

You smoke each day
Puff your life away
You clearly know it’ll kill you

You drink with the moon
Drown your liver and soon
There’s a chance it just may kill you

You drive too fast
And what if you crash?
You know it might just kill you

You smoke your dope
Take drug, others hope
This time that they won’t kill you

You over-eat
Can’t see your feet
One day it’ll certainly kill you

You look down on me
And all you can see
Are my cuts and scratches and scars

I’m having my life
While you’re taking your life
Now tell me, who’s the self-harmer?

by Davina Smith (with kind permission) 

This led onto further stories being shared by participants of the training of how young adults experiencing mental health issues used poetry to communicate their feelings with their key workers – I found this fascinating.

There is indeed a special power in poetry, I have always believed that, creative self-expression can be the breakthrough that we need to move on in life, I know I have certainly experienced that for myself.

This was a very tough training course for me, maybe because I connected so much with it.  I learned a lot and share some of this learning with you today.

May you continue to express your heart through your creative soul, because I believe that there are real people out there, who truly value and connect with your words, you just might be ultimately and positively changing a life too.

Lots of love to you today, Clarabelle

3 April 2013

The Water’s Edge

Yesterday I had this inner calling to go close to the water, so I did.  When I got there, I instantly felt at peace, surrounded by nature which was indeed nurturing my soul.  I then got my notepad out and I wrote the following poem. Today, listen to your calling, inner silence is when it’s at its loudest.  Clarabelle

The water's edge

The Water’s Edge

The water’s edge, sets my soul free,

Nature’s hands, are holding me.

Open space, silence in the lake,

This is real here, nothing seems fake.

A treasure island, where tranquility prevails,

A rower in the distance, sets his own sails.

***

The rain may be falling, but it is a beautiful sight,

Soft cloudy skies, birds beneath, in full flight.

The ripples on the water, come out to where I stand,

I take a deep breath in, and reach out my hand.

I feel no coldness, for love shares this place,

Its beauty is inside me, and puts a smile upon my face.

poemsbyclarabelle, 31 August 2012

 If you enjoy what you read here on this blog, you may be interested in borrowing for FREE and/or purchasing one of Clarabelle’s self-published inspirational poetry ebooks available to download now on Amazon Kindle, please refer to the Author page on this blog or click HERE

Health Works

I have been on a major health kick for a little while now and I am most definitely seeing and feeling the benefits.  What changed for me, was that I educated myself on getting the right nutrition into my body and introducing regular exercise into my lifestyle.  I feel I have ‘cracked’ it this year, mainly because now I fully understand the importance of this balance.  The ebook ‘Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle’ by Tom Venuto was a massive learning curve for me in terms of nutrition and body types, I would fully recommend this ebook if you want to know more.  Simple but effective techniques I have introduced are such things as, calorie counting, using food weighing scales, setting myself mini health goals, reading food labels – it’s shocking how much sugar and salt can be in foods that you might think are healthy for you.  This next poem is inspired by my health goals and I hope it has a positive impact on your own healthy living too.  What do you do to stay healthy?

Health Works

Health works you know, just like that,

By feeding the muscle and burning the fat,

You’ll feel better, inside and out,

Read food labels, so you have no doubt.

Measure your portions and your calorie intake,

If you do this right, a fine healthy body you will make.

Get on your bike, or go a walk in the sun,

Look and feel fabulous, let your health be priority number one.

 poemsbyclarabelle, 15 July 2012

If you enjoy what you read here on this blog, you may be interested in borrowing for FREE and/or purchasing one of Clarabelle’s self-published inspirational poetry ebooks available to download now on Amazon Kindle, please refer to the Author page on this blog or click HERE