I Tried Taking Cold Showers For A Week And Now I Get Why People Are So Hyped About Them

    My skin and hair may thank me, but my soul... Oh my poor, poor soul.

    Hello! My name is Stephanie and I like to do random ~life challenges~ that make me super uncomfy.

    Maybe I'm a glutton for punishment, but I have been reading a lot about the possible benefits of cold showers and now I'm invested — even though I live for boiling hot shower sessions.

    If you don't already know, some benefits that Cold Shower Takers™ swear by are a potential mental boost, positive effects on skin and hair, and reduced muscle soreness after intense workouts. And of course, a cold shower will instantly wake you up!

    Read more on cold showers here, here, and here. Though it's important to note that experts warn people with heart disease (or risk of heart disease) *not* to take them.

    So for an entire week, I decided that I was going to take a cold shower every morning and see if I experience any of these benefits. Here's how it went!

    DAY ONE: I'm deeply regretting this already. Cold water...is cold. 😬

    A showerhead and a thumbs-down

    DAY TWO: I'm more awake but also annoyed.

    A person smiling

    DAY THREE: My hair is looking FA-BU-LOUS.

    The author giving a thumbs-up after a shower

    Just LOOK at these curls!

    A person smiling and showing their curls

    DAY FOUR: It's getting a lot easier...but I still hate it.

    A person in a pink towel

    DAY FIVE: Feeling like a new person!

    A person smiling in a pink towel

    So alert!

    A person smiling with a mug full of coffee

    DAY SIX: Missing hot showers, but still going strong.

    A person wearing a pink towel over their head

    DAY SEVEN: ♫ It's the Final Countdown! ♫

    A person smiling with a thumbs-up in a pink bathrobe

    Just doing my happy dance now that it's over.

    THE VERDICT: Honestly, cold showers have had a lot of amazing benefits for me!

    A person smiling

    Would you take a cold shower? Or do you swear by taking them already? Let me know in the comments! ❄️