Cold Showers (Part 2) – Energy

Endorphins“The energy of the mind is the essence of life.”

~ Aristotle

After overcoming the fears and the critics in my mind, I immediately stepped out of the cold shower and felt empowered and invigorated. I did not give in to the allurement of comfort. I did not succumb to the discouraging voices in my head. Each time I conquer the cold shower challenge it is a moral victory which leaves me mentally pumped. I find this to be the perfect way to start my day.

People want to start their days with good energy so they can be more productive and live more fully. For this reason, the coffee and energy drink industries make billions of dollars a year selling their products. The main problem with these products is that most are loaded with processed sugar, artificial sweeteners, caffeine, and a list of other harmful substances which have many negative side effects and are highly addictive. Not to mention, the boost in energy is artificial and mostly comes at the expense of your adrenal glands. This is a major reason why adrenal fatigue is so prevalent nowadays.

Conversely, cold showers release natural hormones (endorphins, testosterone, etc.) which have strong health benefits. Also, I find the energy boost I get from cold showers lasts several hours. During the work week, I wake up at 5:00 am so I will take all the energy I can get. I am in the industry of motivating people to live at their best therefore, the last thing I need is to be tired. However, I have dedicated my life to real health thus I consciously choose not to support the artificial energy industries. I want to be a model of health so that I can inspire others to do the same. If I am consuming 5 coffees or Red bulls a day for my energy then I am not promoting real health (I am not living at my best). After all, actions speak louder than words. I understand some people may have a hard time without their artificial stimulants and this is why I am offering an alternative here with cold showers. This is something you may want to consider. It may save you from some unwanted health issues and save you some money too – cold showers are free!

Wishing you real health and energy,

Sal Crispo

Cold Showers – Comfort Zone

Cold Shower 1“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

~ Neale Donald Walsch

This past summer I took on a challenge which I avoided for a long time – the 30 day cold shower challenge. Yes, I know it sounds crazy but there are many great benefits for overcoming this challenge. For this reason, I feel impelled to share my experience here with you today and in a series of posts in the coming weeks. Before I begin, let me tell you why I avoided it for so long.

FEAR!

I was simply terrified to do it. I began to examine this fear:

Will I drown? No.

Will I get hurt? No.

Then what am I actually afraid of? Being pushed outside of my comfort zone.

Taking a nice warm shower is relaxing and soothing. Anyone can step into a warm shower and easily begin to enjoy it. Why? Because it is naturally very comforting. On the flipside, I’m sure you’ve experienced what happens when someone in your home turns on the hot water elsewhere while you’re showering. The cold water invades your comfortable shower and you instantly turn into a violent creature (fight or flight response). You begin yelling all obscenities at the top of your lungs in order for them to shut the water off. :)

At first, the thought of cold showers brought up these exact feelings. I do not want to be in a state of fight or flight when I am showering. I want to be relaxed and comfortable. However, the price of comfort is often mediocrity and stagnation. Real growth occurs when we courageously travel beyond our believed limitations. To endeavour toward something which is greater than our current state of being is braveness at its best.

The time has come. I step into the shower and I am face to face with my fear. I have my hand on the shower handle. A storm of thoughts rush through my mind like a hurricane: What the hell are you doing? This is ridiculous. Don’t do this. Just take a nice warm shower and forget this challenge. So on and so on. These are the thoughts which prevent us from breaking through our comfort zones. Whether it’s in the areas of our relationships, business, work, health, social events and/or ambitions, etc., these limiting thoughts are our barriers to expansion.

I could not believe how loud these limiting thoughts were getting. The inner dialogue of my mind (the fear-based part), which is often subtle in its influence, had reached all new heights.

And here lies our greatest opportunity!

The opportunity to silence the critics in our mind – our greatest enemy.

So for the first time in my life, I turned the shower handle to cold water and…I screeched, shouted and cursed…I jumped, shook and squirmed…but I DID IT. I felt things I had never felt before but most of all, I felt ALIVE!

Next week I will share more about my 30 day cold shower experience and how it has help me live more fully.

Keep pushing your limits,

Sal Crispo