Courage Challenge: Week THREE

Courage Challenge: Week THREE

Cold Plunge

Before you panic or swear this week’s challenge off – remember the overarching goal of this month’s theme: courage. And developing more courage comes from doing things that take a bit of courage to do.

There are a multitude of benefits gained from immersing yourself in cold water; from reducing inflammation, to improving circulation, to boosting your mood. But, with this particular challenge, the goal of cold immersion is to build your mental strength, getting you used to acting in moments when you need a bit of courage.

It is those seemingly unending moments before you take the plunge that make cold therapy the most challenging. All of that negative and fear-based self-talk is what we want you to focus on with this week’s challenge, because it is in facing those fears where you build lasting courage that you can access on a regular basis.

The back of a woman's head contemplating water

The Challenge:

For the duration of this week, set aside some time at the end of the day to fill your tub with ice cold water (if you don’t have a tub, the ocean, a lake, or even an ice cold shower will suffice) and commit to submerging yourself in the water for up to 3 minutes. 

The focus of this challenge isn’t so much about physically immersing yourself in the cold water, as it is to sit in that mental discomfort that comes before you do something challenging. Acknowledge that discomfort then push past it, and commit to doing this every day for the rest of the week. 

 

Time Commitment: Up to 3 minutes

Your mind and body will likely tell you when you have had enough, but if you are able to stand it, we recommend a minimum of 30 seconds to one full minute. Once you become accustomed to the practice, feel free to work your way up to 3 minutes.

 

When: PM

Set a few minutes aside at the end of your day to fill your bathtub with ice cold water (ice cubes are recommended), then muster up the courage to face the fear of how you may feel while you’re in the tub.

A ladder into water with ice on it

How:

Fill your bathtub with ice cold water – we recommend adding actual ice cubes – and sit with the fear and discomfort that will arise right before you hop in. Once you do build up the courage to get in, stay in the water for up to 3 mins. 

  • Fill your tub with water and ice cubes
  • Face the mental discomfort head on
  • Submerge yourself in the water for up to 3 mins 
  • Repeat every evening for optimal benefits

Pairs Well With: PM CELL RESET

The cold plunge will amplify the benefits of PM CELL RESET by helping to cool your core body temperature and aid in helping you fall asleep. The Griffonia Simplicifolia will also help reduce the temporary stress that practicing courage may cause. 

This may sound like a really difficult challenge, but in reality it is quite invigorating and you will get to double down on the benefits of cold therapy while strengthening your courage. Transformation takes time, so be patient with yourself, and remember that you are making progress every day.

Next week, we will explore the Selfies challenge.

Transformation is journey oriented, where the process is arguably more impactful than any end result. Philosophically speaking, you could say the journey is the desired result… We can’t wait to get started on this journey, and hope you join us!

Not a part of the STUNN Tribe yet? Why not join us in our Facebook Group? We (and hopefully you) will be providing regular updates on these challenges, sharing our personal experiences, and generally diving a whole lot deeper on all things.

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