Ok I’m about to attempt something, and I figure I better commit to it via my blog, or I might never stick with it.
Okay, so here we go: For the next 30 days, I’m taking the Cold Shower Therapy (CST) Challenge: daily freezing cold showers for 5 minutes.
My friend was actually telling me the other day that her boyfriend was doing this, and I rolled my eyes. He loves challenging himself and is always doing something intense and crazy. I said something to the effect of “I’m not surprised, but seriously can he just calm down and be normal?”
But really, who has time for normal? Not me, so I’m officially getting on the CST bandwagon.
Why am I doing this?
Yeah, I’m asking myself the same question. As I said, when I heard that Jeff was doing it, it didn’t even enter my mind to give it a try. However, I’m learning to never say never because I’m continually amazed at how many times I’ve said I’d never do something and then end up doing it. In fact, a few years ago my roommate considered starting a blog. I told her she should do it but that I would never personally have one. “It’s just so not me” were my exact words I believe.
I’m doing this because lately I’m feeling like a need a life jolt. I kind of figured that I would start blogging and I’d love every moment of it and quickly make a career of it (ah, so naïve). Similarly with my EFT practice, I figured I would just take the training and effortlessly build a client base. I’m all for following your bliss and pursuing your passions, but I tend to shy away from things at the first sign of challenge or discomfort. I remember doing a workout DVD once and Jillian Michaels said “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” I thought this was the dumbest thing ever, and I promptly switched off the DVD, but now I think it’s kind of amazing.
I’m continuously inspired by Jenny Sansouci from Healthy Crush, and she mentioned Joel Runyon’s CST in her most recent post. Again, I rolled my eyes and thought “just calm down people, why do you feel the need to be so intense?” but for some reason it stuck with me.
This morning, I felt super unmotivated. I didn’t want to blog or do anything besides watch the Mindy Project. I eventually got myself out of my yoga clothes and to a coffee shop to attempt to get something productive done, when I decided to check out Joel’s website. I came across this post, and thought “woah, just what I needed to hear today!” I recommend reading it, but if you want the Coles notes version, he basically shuts down the whole “follow your passion” thing, and while he definitely advocates doing what you love, he discusses the importance of acknowledging that every moment won’t be harmonious perfection. Sometimes you need to just keep going when things are hard.
Since that article was such a hit for me, I decided to check out his post on CST. I just decided to go for it because I want to push myself. I usually don’t like the idea of pushing yourself because I think it implies that life has to be a struggle and you need to force yourself to get anything done, but I’m going to keep an open mind because maybe commitment and challenge do not have to be synonymous with force and suffering.
Here’s Joel’s thought behind the purpose of CST:
“If you can’t do something uncomfortable and difficult for 5 minutes in the shower – how the hell are you going to do something uncomfortable or difficult in real life?”
So at the end of 30 days, I’ll definitely be giving my review. Ahh I feel nervous!! Wish me luck, and let me know if you plan on giving it a try!