I Took A Freezing-Cold Shower Every Morning For A Month & This Is What Happened

Photographed by Brayden Olson.
Over the past few years, people have been going out of their way to turn themselves into human icicles in the name of wellness. Whether it's wild swimming in your nearest body of (clean) outdoor water or something altogether more intense like following the teachings of Wim Hof, a Dutch man who absolutely loves wearing nothing but Speedos in Arctic conditions, people are really leaning in to being cold in the name of health right now.
For those of you who are city dwellers and therefore are a little short on Arctic tundras to roll around on or chilly seas to take a dip in, your best version of ice bathing is probably just taking a freezing cold shower.

The supposed benefits do sound pretty good; improved immunity and circulation, stress relief, better mood, and relief of muscle soreness. Seems simple enough.
To find out if making myself really, really cold every day could help me through my fusty pandemic mentality, I decided to take a freezing cold shower each morning for an entire month. Did it make that much of a difference? Read on to find out.

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