5 Benefits of Cold Showers And NoFap
Cold showers on their own are great!
NoFap on its own is great!
And if you combine the two, they can provide absolutely phenomenal benefits!
Yes, NoFap and cold showers seem to go particularly well together and in this blog post we are going to take a close look at why that is.
Grab a cup of coffee and stay fro a while, because this is going to be interesting…
#1 Cold Showers Make NoFap Easier
Few people can say that the initial shock they experience when turning the knob all the way to the coldest setting is a pleasant feeling.
In fact, it's downright painful.
Indeed, at first, they are very uncomfortable.
Now, after the cold shower is done it's a different matter. Then you'll often feel amazing, but not in the moment.
Cold showers build self-control and mental strength…
It's not until you get used to the cold showers, after weeks of taking them, and you stand there, pushing through for longer than 40-60 seconds or so, that the pain starts to subside.
Well, what you are doing on a mental level here is training yourself how to be comfortable being uncomfortable. This has a direct carryover effect into other areas of your life, making you better equipped with being able to just”sit with” other feelings of unease. Like for example; cravings to masturbate to porn.
Perhaps needless to say, if you learn to master the art of being able to “sit with unease”, then you'll also significantly reduce your risk of relapses…
…how could you not?
From escape to cultivation…
If you don't have to “escape” into some low value dopamine driven activity as soon as you feel a little pain, then you won't feel such a strong need to instantly get rid of your urges either.
Perhaps beter still; maybe you'll learn to enjoy the extra energy the urges provide you.
Because make no mistake, sexuality is the absolute strongest provider of energy and drive in the human peronality.
#2 Cold Showers Could Boost Your NoFap Benefits
You have probably come across and read about the NoFap benefits while surfing on the net.
- Improved confidence.
- Sharper senses.
- Better concentration and focus.
- Less brain fog.
- More motivation and drive.
- Better short term memory.
- Higher libido for rel life people (instead of pixels on a screen).
- More self-esteem.
- More attraction from the opposite sex.
- And more…
Too good to be true?…
Some may say those sound just too good to be true, but take my word for it: many guys do indeed experience them.
Not everyone will notice benefits, but most notice at least a few of those.
They also differ in strength for everyone.
A few lucky bastards will even experience all of them.
Most of the benefits happen because NoFap gives you a better functioning dopamine system…
The benefits listed above happen because by embarking on a NoFap journey, you remove one of the most destructive things for your brains reward system that modern society has to offer…
…namely: online internet porn.
You see, today's porn sites are just way too stimulating for our brains pleasure response. All that high stimulating porn is causing your brains dopamine system to become desensitized.
When this happens it is like you a dulling your brains sharpness. This can result in some or several of the following…
- Lower motivation and drive.
- Inability to feel pleasure (anhedonia).
- Less attraction to real life people.
- Lower libido.
- Reduced confidence and self-esteem.
- Poor short term memory.
- Inability to focus and concentrate.
Sounds nice, huh?
Well, not so much. But the key thing to note here, is that when you give up fapping to porn, those symptoms will go away, one by one (just as long as nothing else was causing them, because, naturally, NoFap is still not a miracle fix for everything that's wrong in your life).
To discover more about how desensitization affects you, take a look at a video I made a while back, called, “Why Men Who Do NoFap Win At Life”…
But where do cold showers enter the picture?
As you discovered by watching the video, your dopamine system suffers when all that high stimulation is causing a reduction in your dopamine D2 receptors.
- NoFap and cutting out porn will upregulate those receptors.
- But cold showers will also help receptor upregulation.
Indeed, cold showers may potentially help you recover faster.
Now, whether your take cold showers or not, you might perhaps not really notice any big difference in the beginning of your NoFap journey. But rest assured, as you get a bit further along your in your dopamine recovery, you will notice them.
It is like fine tuning a powerful engine, getting all the horse powers out of it, except that now the engine is your dopamine system and not a big piece of iron in your car.
Here are some common things guys often report when doing NoFap and cold showers together…
- Feeling that “childlike” excitement for life again.
- Music suddenly sounds way better.
- Small things in life can suddenly give you immense joy.
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#3 Cold Showers Reduces Stress And Anxiety
The beginning of a NoFap journey is often very stressful for the guys. This is because, when you tear yourself away from the porn, your brain is going to start protesting.
It want's it's usual “dopamine fix” and if it's not getting it, it will make you suffer (temporarily).
Your brain is protesting…
In the addiction world this known as withdrawals, but even if you're not addicted your brain may still protest when you stop giving it those instant dopamine fixes. It's just so used to getting it.
One way it can do its protesting is by hyper activating your stress system. This, in turn, is something you might feel as increased social anxiety, anxiety in general or even panic attacks.
Cold showers to the rescue…
Did you know that after you have taken a cold shower, your heart rate will be significantly lower for the rest of the day?
Yes, indeed. This, along with a lower blood pressure and the increase in feel good hormones the cold shower provided, makes you much more resilient to stress and anxiety.
Shortly put, if you manage to start your day by taking a 2-3 minute cold shower, the rest of your day will undoubtedly be of higher quality than if you skipped the shower.
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Don't start with 3 minutes if you're not used to them. Instead, build up to it…
Here I feel a word of advice is in place.
If you're not used to taking cold showers, know that you will probably not be able to go for many seconds the very first time you try them out.
Here's how you could go about doing it…
At the end of your normal (warm) shower when all your washing is done, brace yourself and without hesitation, turn the knob all the way to the coldest setting…
- Try standing there for 10 seconds. You will probably start hyperventilating automatically. This is ok, but try to slow down your breathing after a while. If going for longer than 10 seconds you should definitely not be hyperventilating during your whole shower.
- Do it again the next day for 15 seconds or so.
- After 2-3 days try to do it for 20 seconds.
- After a week you might perhaps be able to do them for 30-45 seconds or so.
- Build like this until you reach 2-3 minutes. (Longer than that will probably not give you any added benefits since there is always a point of diminishing returns).
#4 Cold Showers My Potentially increase Your Testosterone
This one is a bit controversial. Some YouTubers say that cold showers do not affect your hormone levels at all.
Well, I beg to differ.
I suspect people saying that have either not tested it themselves, or then they have tested their testosterone too soon after the shower.
You see, just like physical exercises, cold showers are a stressor. Meaning they will probably reduce your T-level in the moment, and perhaps for an hour or two after they are done. But in the long run (just like weight training) they will actually help your testosterone production.
My own experience with cold showers and testosterone levels…
For what it's worth, I have personally done A LOT of experimenting with my own testosterone over the years, and I have indeed found that whenever I've been on a 2-3 minute, daily, cold shower regimen my testosterone levels have been the absolute highest.
But, why would we even wan't higher testosterone levels then?
Well, here are a few, in my opinion, good reasons…
- High levels means easier fat loss.
- It makes it easier to build muscles.
- It gives you more energy, motivation and drive.
- It makes “effort” feel good (at least sometimes) – especially effort associated with reaching your goals.
- It can give you better short term memory.
- It could increase your concentration and focus.
All good things, I think most of us would agree.
If you now go; “hey, wait a minute, that kind of sounds related to higher dopamine!”…well, then you would not be mistaking. Dopamine and testosterone are working very close together in your brain. They interact with certain mechanisms and often go hand in hand.
So we want a well functioning dopamine system, i.e. we can't be messing it up with fapping to porn, and we also don't want too low testosterone levels in order to feel the strongest NoFap “super powers”.
By the way, if you want to make sure your testosterone levels are optimized, then you might want to consider trying the natural product called AlphaViril, that I've been using myself on and off for many years now. I highly recommend it.
#5 Cold showers + NoFap Make You a Mental Badass
On my YouTube channel Poject Stronger Self, I made a video about the number one best NoFap benefit there is…
…namely, how mastering yourself and urges can make you powerful behind belief (watch that video below).
Well, if you then combine that mental concept with cold showers, which is also something that makes you much more mentally tough, well then it's not an overstatement to say that you have just found something extremely powerful.
Something that will help draw all that old laziness and weakness out of you and completely obliterateit, forever. Assuming you don't stop and go back to your old ways, that is.
But I have a feeling that, if you are new to NoFap and cold showers, and you commit to yourself to give it a good try you will notice something interersting.
If you manage to go 90 days of not fapping to adult sites in combination with daily cold showers, well, I'm confident that will be a real “aha-moment” for you that you'll never forget as long as you live.
You will either make it a lifestyle or make it something that you go back to again and again, at different periods of time, as long as you life. Because, yes…
…it's really that powerful!
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