If you had told me a year ago that I would get into an ice bath, I would not have laughed you out of the room, but would have thought you were a bit mad. Not because I wouldn’t dare, but but would wonder why. Why would you go and sit in an ice-cold bath for the fun of it?
And yet, I’ve done it. I no longer think people are crazy, for since then I have also come to believe in the advantages of an ice bath. That is why I am happy to tell you more about my experience with an ice bath.
The first time in an ice bath
Taking an ice bath began to come much closer in the past year. After all, what is one to do, if the company you are working for suddenly starts selling ice baths? Yup, you have to give it a try, don’t you? That is why in the past year I began to take a closer look at the benefits of the cold.
I sifted through scientific articles, watched TV programmes and purchased the relevant books, which I read with great interest. Once you read about the benefits, you would be crazy not to give it a try, wouldn’t you? Certainly with my sleep issues, it is worth trying it out.
Still, the first time I really didn’t feel like it. I saw that my predecessors found it hard, and that doesn’t exactly make you want to get into it yourself. When the moment came, I found it quite a good experience. I went right in to sit down in the ice bath and was able to endure it for quite a long time. The first time, I was actually quite keen and curious about it.
New experiences with the cold
That is why in winter and spring of 2021, I started doing more things with the cold. With a few colleagues, I started the year by taking on a cold shower challenge. Five weeks in a row, starting every day by standing directly under the ice-cold water in the shower, spending 30 seconds more every week.
In the beginning I found it difficult, but I soon realized that I could easily stand under the cold water for 3 minutes. Cold? For sure, but it gives a kickstart to your day, and breaking through you mental boundaries is more than worthwhile!
What’s more, I live in Harderwijk, on the waterfront. And yes, if a cold shower works, a dive into the Wolderwijd lake should as well. So last winter, I put on my swimsuit and ran down to the water, and by the end of the day I had taken a plunge with a few friends. Believe it or not, that was OK, too.
Did I think that it would be so easy for me? Not at all. Meanwhile, we are now half a year further and I can say that the cold has become a part of the start of my day. The day always begins with a cold shower. Well, almost always, as I am not always in the mood. But that is the mental game, pushing your boundaries and doing it even when you don’t feel like it.
And you continue pushing those boundaries. For in fact, you always want to stand or sit just a little longer. Trying new things, such as setting the ice bath just a tad colder. And time after time, when you manage to spend a bit longer, you have a sense of having triumphed over yourself!
Positive experience with an ice bath
All in all, I can say that I have had a very positive experience with plunging into an ice bath or taking a cold shower. And what is the positive aspect that I got out of it?
- Starting the day with a kickstart, a sense of triumph
- Finding peace during a busy day
- Taking a few moments where you are not thinking of anything, but focusing purely on myself
Are you also curious about a cold shower or an ice bath? Wondering what your experince will be? Then just give it a try. Believe me, you won’t regret it. Read more here about how best to approach your first time in an ice bath.