Seeking Comfort in Discomfort with Cold Exposure

We humans are strong. Putting ourselves in uncomfortable situations is where we grow, and discomfort is something we should seek. Because we can overcome it, because we are strong.

2-Mar 2021, by Lee Sandwith

Why Cold Exposure is All The Rage

Cold exposure is very popular at the moment, everyone seems to be doing it. And it's not surprising as the man behind it, Wim Hof, has a very powerful message to send.

Finding comfort in discomfort

Cold exposure is associated with a super long list of health benefits, such as:

  • Accelerated metabolism
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved immunity
  • Higher energy levels
  • Improved mental health

I’m down with all of that and these are the reasons why I started experimenting with cold exposure. But, there are two other reasons which voraciously lured me into the cold, and these are the main reasons that I have so far endured.

Doing things which are uncomfortable help develop the mental toughness that we require to be successful in life.

Reason 1: It's uncomfortable

We humans tend to seek out comfort, but stepping outside of our comfort zones is where we find growth. Find comfort within the discomfort. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Doing things which are uncomfortable help develop the mental toughness that we require to be successful in life.

If you haven’t read it yet, I would highly recommend David Goggins’ book ‘Can’t Hurt Me’.

I wouldn’t recommend trying to repeat any of the mad things that he’s done, but the inherent message is a valuable one.

Seek out the uncomfortable. Get hard. Callous your mind.

Reason 2: It's feel amazing

When I first started, I couldn’t stand it for more than a few seconds. But over the last few months I’ve been gradually building up my tolerance and now comfortably do 3-4 minutes every day.

Before jumping in, I do four rounds of Wim Hof btreathing. 40 breaths, with retention on the exhale of the last breath for as long as possible, and retention for 15 seconds on the next inhal. Four rounds.

Sometimes I’ll continue for longer in a meditative state because more often than not the experience is enjoyable and extremely grounding, but that’s the standard. 40 breaths.

After that, 40 deep, slow breaths in the ice bath, which equates to around 3-4 minutes.

To date, I think I’ve only looked forward to getting into that bath once or twice. Every other time I’ve been apprehensive, because it’s uncomfortable.

However, after the event, I have felt nothing more than exhilarated and truly grateful for conjuring up the courage to jump in. And that’s 100% of the time.

Wim Hof and David Goggins are very similar characters embarking on very different journeys, but sending a similar message.

We humans are strong. Putting ourselves in uncomfortable situations is where we grow, and discomfort is something we should seek. Because we can overcome it, because we are strong.

You can apply this way of thinking to everything.

So what are you waiting for?

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Lee Sandwith

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Lee Sandwith

Well said

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