Breathing COVID-19 Health immune system Nervous system Stress Stress

Cold Showers

A cold shower may sound shockingly unappealing but there are so many health benefits associated with turning down the temperature. 

Exposing your body to cold water increases the amount of white blood cells in the body. It is these white blood cells that help protect your body against disease and support our immune system. 

The cold water also helps relieve stress and improve mood. When the cold water hits your senses it triggers electrical impulses in the brain. These electrical impulses then shock the system, which in turn, increases energy levels and improves alertness. Simultaneously, endorphins are released which improve your mood and reduce stress levels. 

It doesn’t stop there, there are lots of other benefits to cold showers too….

  • Better sleep
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Improves muscle recovery
  • Helps with chronic fatigue
  • Increases metabolism

Start by having your usual temperature shower and then turning down the heat for the last 10 seconds (or as long as you can handle!) then slowly increase the time each day.

If you’re feeling super confident you could try combining it with the breathing exercises we mentioned in Tip 1. 

Go on, set your day off to a great start the day and give it a go this morning! We’d love to hear how you get on! 

January 10, 2021

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