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I used to say I have 2 lives, the one before children and the one after, but I now talk about my life before the cold and my life as it is now.

Life before the cold

Although it wasn’t all terrible but a lot of my childhood was rubbish mainly down to an alcoholic mum, who was abusive, manipulative an would pinch my pocket money to buy booze.  I didn’t really know any different at that age, it was normal.  But it moulded some of my behaviours as I went through life, I lacked confidence, I had a victim mentality and I was super jealous of everyone with a functioning family.  As I became an adult I attracted unhealthy relationships, I had limiting beliefs around not deserving to be loved, but also craving to be loved.  I never felt enough or understood and felt it me against the world.  I lost a loved one to cancer at the age of 36 which came with a whole host of other emotions including grief and questioning the world, again the world was against me and I was a victim, why couldn’t have lived, wasn’t I enough.

My life got pretty happy when I met my now husband Jon and had 2 children who are my absolute world and they changed my outlook but I still had this darkness inside, the physical and mental anxiety that I felt like I was fighting to be the best mum and wife that I could possibly be.

The stresses of having a young family and not really ever addressing my childhood shit took its toll, there were lots of health warnings I chose to ignore in my new super mum role,  but in 2017 it all caught up with me and stopped me dead in my tracks.  I had a ruptured ectopic pregnancy that caused internal bleeding for over 14 hours without being diagnosed.  I knew my body was shutting down, I was alone and I was in so much pain.  The surgeon came to see me after my operation and said another hour and I would have died.  Physically I healed, but emotionally those words stuck with me.  I couldn’t just die, I had loads left to do with my life, I was a mum.  So this was the worst thing that happened but also the best.  It unlocked a whole load of skeletons in my cupboard and found a whole new me, I built myself back up slowly, addressed things I had pushed away and I found ways to manage my anxiety and had my prevention tools as well as my cure.  Or so I thought.

When lock down hit in March 2020, I enjoyed some parts don’t get me wrong, but my lovely friend anxiety was back. My world was slowly crashing in, I felt the pain of every person I came in contact with and I wanted to make it all better, I wanted to help, there was nothing I could control anymore. I had 2 children to home school, a husband who was killing himself with work, a corporate job that was probably going to end due to the pandemic and an uncertain world of worry. It was all too much and those feelings came back, I wasn’t enough, I didn’t deserve to be loved, I gave so much and cried when I was alone.

Life after the cold

I stumbled across a 3 day Wim Hof challenge on social media and I just thought I’d give it ago.  And I have to say within days, like 2 days, I was happier, lighter, like a weight had been lifted!  I carried on with a daily practice of breathwork and cold and my anxiety faded away into nothing. 

I knew that everyday no matter what came my way I would come back to calm each morning with my 3 rounds of Wim Hof breathing and cold shower or submersion. This was my prevention tool and if it got too much I had a cure tool in the evening.. to go and have a cold shower or dunk myself in my little tub outside, sometimes just 3 minutes, but it did the job! 

After a while I started to see other health benefits, my hormones became more balanced, which as a 45 years old woman can be a tough one to crack, I found a new mental strength with focus and more control over my emotions, I dealt with the impending redundancy with strength and conviction, I had conversations that I would usually shy away from. 

My relationships with my husband improved because I was rational and loving, I had more patience with my kids.  I saw my body physically changing, becoming stronger and healthier inside and out.  I even started feeling joy, something I have felt a few times, like having my kids, getting a job, but never really everyday joy and happiness.  I felt connected, peaceful, calm and friends started asking me what the hell I was doing, then asking me if I could show them.  Sure I was getting all these amazing health benefits, but I really felt like it was my calling to help people heal, to help them feel alive, feel enough and not only enough in that moment, but that they always have been and always will be. 

I studied hard, understood the method, practiced what I preached, learnt the science and became one of Wim’s ambassadors, spreading the love of this method and having the confidence through being a certified instructor.

My kids started to want to get into the cold and I saw the impact on them.  Kids these days have the weight of the world on their shoulders, with so much about what your outer world looks like.  Two things my children have said to me since starting this journey.  My son age 8 said I am just like my mum, super strong.  My daughter looks at me and say, I love how you love life and the job that you do!! 

Each day I face my fears head on, I build my courage to not just be ok with life, but to really live it and show others how to do the same.  I am learning what my body and mind are capable of and since starting I have left my corporate career and have built the trust and belief in myself through using the Wim Hof method and other mindful practices such as journaling, meditation, gratitude and affirmations.  I am excited to see my journey unfold.  I want to help your journey, it will be different to mine and to anyone else’s, but I want to give teach you the tools that you can build on.

Each time I reach a new challenge or its time to up-level I go colder, I spend more time on my mindset and the results are incredible.

Angela meets Whim Hoff

I used to say I have 2 lives, the one before children and the one after, but I now talk about my life before the cold and my life as it is now.

Life before the cold

Although it wasn’t all terrible but a lot of my childhood was rubbish mainly down to an alcoholic mum, who was abusive, manipulative an would pinch my pocket money to buy booze. I didn’t really know any different at that age, it was normal. But it moulded some of my behaviours as I went through life, I lacked confidence, I had a victim mentality and I was super jealous of everyone with a functioning family. As I became an adult I attracted unhealthy relationships, I had limiting beliefs around not deserving to be loved, but also craving to be loved. I never felt enough or understood and felt it me against the world. I lost a loved one to cancer at the age of 36 which came with a whole host of other emotions including grief and questioning the world, again the world was against me and I was a victim, why couldn’t have lived, wasn’t I enough.

My life got pretty happy when I met my now husband Jon and had 2 children who are my absolute world and they changed my outlook but I still had this darkness inside, the physical and mental anxiety that I felt like I was fighting to be the best mum and wife that I could possibly be.
The stresses of having a young family and not really ever addressing my childhood shit took its toll, there were lots of health warnings I chose to ignore in my new super mum role, but in 2017 it all caught up with me and stopped me dead in my tracks. I had a ruptured ectopic pregnancy that caused internal bleeding for over 14 hours without being diagnosed. I knew my body was shutting down, I was alone and I was in so much pain. The surgeon came to see me after my operation and said another hour and I would have died. Physically I healed, but emotionally those words stuck with me. I couldn’t just die, I had loads left to do with my life, I was a mum. So this was the worst thing that happened but also the best. It unlocked a whole load of skeletons in my cupboard and found a whole new me, I built myself back up slowly, addressed things I had pushed away and I found ways to manage my anxiety and had my prevention tools as well as my cure. Or so I thought.

When lock down hit in March 2020, I enjoyed some parts don’t get me wrong, but my lovely friend anxiety was back. My world was slowly crashing in, I felt the pain of every person I came in contact with and I wanted to make it all better, I wanted to help, there was nothing I could control anymore. I had 2 children to home school, a husband who was killing himself with work, a corporate job that was probably going to end due to the pandemic and an uncertain world of worry. It was all too much and those feelings came back, I wasn’t enough, I didn’t deserve to be loved, I gave so much and cried when I was alone.

Angela meets Whim Hoff

Life after the cold

I stumbled across a 3 day Wim Hof challenge on social media and I just thought I’d give it ago. And I have to say within days, like 2 days, I was happier, lighter, like a weight had been lifted! I carried on with a daily practice of breathwork and cold and my anxiety faded away into nothing.

I knew that everyday no matter what came my way I would come back to calm each morning with my 3 rounds of Wim Hof breathing and cold shower or submersion. This was my prevention tool and if it got too much I had a cure tool in the evening.. to go and have a cold shower or dunk myself in my little tub outside, sometimes just 3 minutes, but it did the job!

After a while I started to see other health benefits, my hormones became more balanced, which as a 45 years old woman can be a tough one to crack, I found a new mental strength with focus and more control over my emotions, I dealt with the impending redundancy with strength and conviction, I had conversations that I would usually shy away from.

My relationships with my husband improved because I was rational and loving, I had more patience with my kids. I saw my body physically changing, becoming stronger and healthier inside and out. I even started feeling joy, something I have felt a few times, like having my kids, getting a job, but never really everyday joy and happiness. I felt connected, peaceful, calm and friends started asking me what the hell I was doing, then asking me if I could show them. Sure I was getting all these amazing health benefits, but I really felt like it was my calling to help people heal, to help them feel alive, feel enough and not only enough in that moment, but that they always have been and always will be.

The Ice Warrior logo woman silhouette with arms raised

I was completely hooked from the moment I practised Wim Hof’s breathing exercises to my first blast of cold water in the shower!

I now could not live without the daily breath work and cold showers or dips.

It has developed into a passion to share this gift and take individuals and groups on their own transformational journey.   

I do my breathing exercises as soon as I wake up which is usually 6.30am, this leads to an out-of-this-world meditation with yoga and stretching.  I enjoy the peace with some journaling around gratitude mainly. 

 I always go cold in the shower; some days are harder than others but I have never once regretted.  

I start off with a warm shower but always finish on cold.  In the beginning I swore and screamed a lot. Even after all these months I look at the cold water tap and think I can’t do it or I can’t be bothered, but something deep inside of me, a will power and strong strength of mindtakes over and I just go for it.  

Every time I do it, I am amazed at my mind over matter. It genuinelysets me up for the day, if I can do that first thing, I can do anything! And so can you!  It’s physical but also mental in terms of the rewards, but you have to do it to really understand it.

I now could not live without the daily breath work and cold showers or dips.

It has developed into a passion to share this gift and take individuals and groups on their own transformational journey.   

I do my breathing exercises as soon as I wake up which is usually 6.30am, this leads to an out-of-this-world meditation with yoga and stretching.  I enjoy the peace with some journaling around gratitude mainly. 

 I always go cold in the shower; some days are harder than others but I have never once regretted.  

I start off with a warm shower but always finish on cold.  In the beginning I swore and screamed a lot. Even after all these months I look at the cold water tap and think I can’t do it or I can’t be bothered, but something deep inside of me, a will power and strong strength of mindtakes over and I just go for it.  

Every time I do it, I am amazed at my mind over matter. It genuinely sets me up for the day, if I can do that first thing, I can do anything! And so can you!  It’s physical but also mental in terms of the rewards, but you have to do it to really understand it.

One of the first benefits I noticed from doing my daily Wim Hof practice was my reduced anxiety, my mental focus and connection to what was important around me. Then after a few months I noticed stability in my hormones, reduced symptoms and more considered and level emotions
mother and son walking into the sea together for a cold water dip

From there I started to push my boundaries further and further, each time with noticeable improvements to my physical and emotional wellbeing.

Being 44 I have daily aches and pains, mainly in my knees, hips and lower back. The cold and the breathing exercises have reduced the overall inflammation in my body and I now have these under control.

I feel fitter and stronger that I ever have. I can run further, I sleep deeper, I can do over 40 bloody press-ups in one sitting! Each day the results amaze me. This is not about boosting my ego, I go at my own pace. All due respect to those people who can swim under ice and hold their breath for 5 minutes at a time, but I don’t feel the need to do this and neither should you.

We can all go at our own pace. I’m not saying I will never climb a snowy mountain in my bikini, but for now I am enjoying one step at a time.

I am a busy working mum and although I would love to head off into nature each day, unfortunately I don’t have that luxury. One day maybe, but for now I will take my chilly dips out in nature when I can.

I will cold shower each day and take the plunge in my little tub in the garden, I actually get excited about breaking the ice to get into it.  I will continue driving my breathing deeper and stronger each day. Overall I am very excited about where this journey will take me next.

The Ice Warrior Logo with Dark blue logo background and green silhouette of woman

From there I started to push my boundaries further and further, each time with noticeable improvements to my physical and emotional wellbeing.

Being 44 I have daily aches and pains, mainly in my knees, hips and lower back. The cold and the breathing exercises have reduced the overall inflammation in my body and I now have these under control.

I feel fitter and stronger that I ever have. I can run further, I sleep deeper, I can do over 40 bloody press-ups in one sitting! Each day the results amaze me. This is not about boosting my ego, I go at my own pace. All due respect to those people who can swim under ice and hold their breath for 5 minutes at a time, but I don’t feel the need to do this and neither should you.

We can all go at our own pace. I’m not saying I will never climb a snowy mountain in my bikini, but for now I am enjoying one step at a time.

I am a busy working mum and although I would love to head off into nature each day, unfortunately I don’t have that luxury. One day maybe, but for now I will take my chilly dips out in nature when I can.

I will cold shower each day and take the plunge in my little tub in the garden, I actually get excited about breaking the ice to get into it.  I will continue driving my breathing deeper and stronger each day. Overall I am very excited about where this journey will take me next.

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mother and son walking into the sea together for a cold water dip

From there I started to push my boundaries further and further, each time with noticeable improvements to my physical and emotional wellbeing.

Being 44 I have daily aches and pains, mainly in my knees, hips and lower back. The cold and the breathing exercises have reduced the overall inflammation in my body and I now have these under control.

I feel fitter and stronger that I ever have. I can run further, I sleep deeper, I can do over 40 bloody press-ups in one sitting! Each day the results amaze me. This is not about boosting my ego, I go at my own pace. All due respect to those people who can swim under ice and hold their breath for 5 minutes at a time, but I don’t feel the need to do this and neither should you.

We can all go at our own pace. I’m not saying I will never climb a snowy mountain in my bikini, but for now I am enjoying one step at a time.

I am a busy working mum and although I would love to head off into nature each day, unfortunately I don’t have that luxury. One day maybe, but for now I will take my chilly dips out in nature when I can.

I will cold shower each day and take the plunge in my little tub in the garden, I actually get excited about breaking the ice to get into it.  I will continue driving my breathing deeper and stronger each day. Overall I am very excited about where this journey will take me next.

I have started studying the Wim Hof practice on a deeper level to really understand how we can use it to alleviate stress, build strength and endurance, heighten our connection and strive to become happy healthy human beings.

I want to share what I learn and inspire some of you to give it a go.

Join me and let’s find health, happiness and strength together.

(I am currently in the process of studying to become a qualified Wim Hof Insructor therefore you may find prices lower than expected for the next 6 months)

I have started studying the Wim Hof practice on a deeper level to really understand how we can use it to alleviate stress, build strength and endurance, heighten our connection and strive to become happy healthy human beings.

I want to share what I learn and inspire some of you to give it a go.

Join me and let’s find health, happiness and strength together.

(I am currently in the process of studying to become a qualified Wim Hof Insructor therefore you may find prices lower than expected for the next 6 months)