Day 58! Doing 10 minute ice baths in my backyard, now.
Even though there is a benefit to doing the cold water exposure right after the breath work (it has to do with blood pH and cannabinoid release), I have also found a benefit to doing some cold water exposure prior to the breath work, even if you decide to go back in for a second dose of cold, right after. The cold water, opens up your nasal passages, which makes thebreath work much easier.Tried this a few days ago. Have been doing it daily. WoW what a difference in my quality of life so far.
I have something like severe depression, stress, tensions, chronic fatigue, brain fog, insomnia... the kinda shit doctors cannot figure out. Have tried countless fixes. I likely have asthma (wheezing, cough, shortness of breath). It has made it difficult to work, I've been worried about losing my job.
After trying the method, I realized two things:
- It's really hard for me to breathe through my nose
- This feels really really good, maybe I'm short on air
Later I watched this video, which convinced me that breathing through the nose is very important:
I've been breathing through my nose the last 3 days. At first it was very difficult, and it's still difficult in the morning. I have swollen nasal turbinates (not sure if due to allergies or what but I've quit vaping and they persist).
But the amazing thing is, after I told myself I must start breathing through my nose, my passages started getting wider. It seems when you don't use your nose to breathe much, the passages swell up (kinda like a piercing). So it's a vicious cycle.
@ginolicious I have also often struggled with breath and meditation... the first time I tried this one, I couldn't breathe fast enough, I just did it as fast as I could through my nose to inhale, then breathed out through my mouth. It also makes my nose burn after a while. Not sure what your issues are, but after what I have experienced, I would encourage you to try to consciously only breathe through your nose, even if it's difficult for a while.
Best of luck.
I likely have asthma ...
Thanks for your contribution. I've found that exhaling fully helps me as well, I tend to take slow breaths, but I often don't exhale enough. I believe that the exhale activates the parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation system), so a prolonged and full exhale will calm the system down. I have noticed that I don't feel as tight in the chest when I exhale fully.i watched that Joe Rogan interview and bought the Kindle of Nestor's book.
i would add an anecdote from my experience … i developed adult onset asthma about 20 years ago. Johns Hopkins said i should take Advair for-fucking-ever. i don't do meds (yet, but at 72, who knows what's coming). What i learned from internet searching was that i wasn't exhaling enough, because the need to breathe in was so frantic/strong. i made a point to fully exhale first, and my asthma went away. And i could do aerobics again - which i couldn't do even with an inhaler. Aerobics has been my god for 38 years - when that stops something has got to change.
Allergies and inflammation went away when i went low carb/healthy fat nutrition program. two years ago. lost 4 pants sizes, too.
An example is "How many grams of sugar should I eat per day?" Realistically, if you're healthy, who cares. But if you're diabetic and overweight, it should be ZERO GRAMS. But that will turn off too many patients, who will think "why bother trying", so the doctor will say "20 grams". Meanwhile, if you're actually disciplined and willing to sacrifice to improve your health, you're left miseducated.
Lifestyle changes are the solution to so many health problems but they're much more difficult than taking a pill. Make you last longer though.
You must have a well paying career lol. 58 days in a row of ice baths would be like $1000... I did it the other day, only used 80 pounds of ice, cost me $20. It was so hot that day that it was all melted by the time I got in. Still cold as fuck though.. still very beneficial.Day 58! Doing 10 minute ice baths in my backyard, now.
Wow! That's a lot of ice! I freeze my own blocks in tupperware, and throw them into a big plastic garbage can filled with hose water. I've been on a bit of a break, but getting back in the swing. Those weren't all ice bath days, though. The beinning was cold showers. Hopefully, I'll have another month of warm weather to do the baths outside, and then after that, the showers should cool down enough to be equally useful, again.
You must have a well paying career lol. 58 days in a row of ice baths would be like $1000... I did it the other day, only used 80 pounds of ice, cost me $20. It was so hot that day that it was all melted by the time I got in. Still cold as fuck though.. still very beneficial.
I heard him say that you can do a round during the day to quell anxiety as it creeps up. I'm not sure if there is a safe limit.I'm still going strong on the wim hof method
Does anyone know if it's safe to do the method multiple times in a day? I recall seeing somewhere on his website that it should only be done once or twice, but now I can't find that information... can't see why it wouldn't be, but I'm a cautious person. So usually I limit myself to twice. But I could see it being nice to do it many many times (whenever I'm having a meltdown)
I agree with getting things into a regular schedule. It helps you form positive habits, which tend to become easier over time.I experience the same thing... I know it's good for me but can't bring myself to do it
Really seems harmful to ignore my needs like that.. one thing that helped me was writing down a specific morning routine that I do in the same order every day, without thinking... once I'm resigned to doing it, it seems easy.
Yes! I notice the same feeling throughout the day, as well. I'm gonna be going back to 3 rounds again, soon. 5 was great, too, but takes a while, so it can be hard to do every day.Been doing the breathing exercises almost daily. Usually 3 rounds first thing sitting at my desk at work. I notice the calm, centered mind lasting for most of my day. Stopped with the cold showers, too many ice baths as a child.
this is my new thing - ending every shower with 10 breaths on the back and 10 breaths on the front ... just to see what happens ... now i want to work up to 15 & 15 and do the exhale-hold as my first round. might be interesting to try Wim Hof on shrooms.Stopped with the cold showers
Awesome! I hope you like it. I would recommend doing the breathing before the shower, though, as it can have some effects which cause the cold water to trigger a release of endocannabinoids, as well as reducing the pain receptors, which makes the cold more tolerable. Also, be extremely careful doing the breathing IN the shower, as you can faint.this is my new thing - ending every shower with 10 breaths on the back and 10 breaths on the front ... just to see what happens ... now i want to work up to 15 & 15 and do the exhale-hold as my first round. might be interesting to try Wim Hof on shrooms.
TBH, even just listening to him talk about his practices, or giving a tour of his land/home, is relaxing, while meditating. He seems to be one of the few people who have achieved a great deal of inner peace and happiness, and who also cares to share his success and well being with the world. I always find myself smiling while listening to him speak. It's a quality that is quite rare in people.He was on tv this morning teaching people to breathe. He is something else truly. But I could never do it my lungs are fucked.