This morning I stared at the bathtub full of cold water for 5 full minutes, not a drop of warm water went into it. Was I really going to do this? I was already cold standing there looking at it in my warm fuzzy bathrobe.
I haven’t been sleeping or eating much these last few days and I have a full day ahead of me where I need all the mental focus and physical energy I can emit.
I knew I couldn’t hesitate. I was just going to have to do it and not think about it. I straddled the bathtub and felt the freezing cold water skim my bare ass. Ok… “go!”
And I dunked my bottom in as quickly as I could and followed it with my upper body. Surprisingly it only shocked me the initial moment I got in. Once in I acclimated quickly. What I thought would be a few seconds lasted a few minutes; to where I was actually starting to relax and even enjoy the cold water caressing my body.
I got out and stood with the towel draped around me shivering a few minutes. Then quickly I started to feel not a rush of energy but a slow clarity and focus. Like my body and mind had shifted into “lets do this” mode.
Cold baths…… where have you been all my life?