5. Take a cold shower
Tony Robbins starts every morning by jumping into a 57-degree-Fahrenheit swimming pool. Why would he do such a thing?
Cold-water immersion radically facilitates physical and mental wellness. When practiced regularly, it provides long-lasting changes to your body's immune, lymphatic, circulatory, and digestive systems that improve the quality of your life. It can also increase weight loss because it boosts your metabolism.
Taking cold showers can help treat depression symptoms, often more effective than medications. That's because cold water triggers a wave of mood-boosting neurochemicals that make you feel happy.
There is, of course, an initial fear of stepping into a cold shower. Without a doubt, if you've tried this before, you have found yourself standing outside the shower dreading the thought of going in. You may have even talked yourself out of it and thought, "Maybe tomorrow." And turned the hot water handle before getting in. Or maybe you jumped in but quickly turned the hot water on.
What has helped me is thinking about it as if I'm at a swimming pool. It's a slow, painful death to get into a cold pool slowly. You just need to jump in. After 20 seconds, you're fine. It's likewise to take a cold shower: You get in, your heart starts beating like crazy, and then, after like 20 seconds, you feel fine.
For me, a cold shower increases my willpower and boosts my creativity and inspiration. While standing with the water hitting my back, I practice slowing my breathing and calming down. After I've chilled out, I feel super happy and inspired. Lots of ideas start flowing, and I become way motivated to achieve my goals.
Plus, it's healthy to do something in the morning that kind of freaks you out. It gets you feeling alive and sets the tone for living outside your comfort zone.