Burn out, depression. When I heard the doctor say those words I did not want to believe it. I knew something was wrong but this still came as a shock. This is now some years ago, since then I have been back and forth in better and worse shape mentally. Last summer I returned to the swamp of depression and had to go back on medication.
One day a friend send me a link to a documentary about somebody called Wim Hof, also known as the Iceman. This guy climbs mountains in shorts and holds world records of ice immersion. Somewhere in my swamp I decided to watch the documentary and started trying out the breathwork he teaches. It turned out it gave me energy to go through the negativity of the day and brought me calmness of mind and a mental clarity.
Because it had such a positive effect on me I enrolled for a 10-week online course in the Wim Hof Method. WOW, this truly helped me to drag my self out of out the dark and heavy state I was in emotionally and energetically. The method showed me new possiblities in life. After the course I could hold my breath for two minutes, do 42 push-ups without breathing, and spend minutes on end in ice water. The practice improved my physical performance and offered me a tool to get out of my depressive state. I knew what to do to feel happy.
I wanted to share this with others and started the instructor training at the Wim Hof Academy. In June I went to meet Wim Hof during the second module of the course which was full of science explaining the research done on the method, deepening the breathwork practices and ice-bath coaching. I met many others who are impacted positively by the method, such someone who uses it to fight their auto-immune disease and someone who runs ultramaratons.
Now I have one more module left of the instructor training, a week in the Polish Mountain. We will climb the snowy peak of Mount Sniezka (1600 m) in shorts. Wim's motto is 'Happy, Healthy and Strong'. Not so long ago those words sounded hollow to me. Thanks to the method I know what they mean again. I would love to become an instructor so I am able to share the method with others. To do so I need your help so I can pay the costs of the course and the journey to Poland. Please give me your support so I can support others to find their best health!
Course cost for the last module in the instructor training: 1899 Euro Travel cost to Poland: 200 Euro