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Forums / Staying well / Cold showers

Topic: Cold showers

6 posts, 0 answered
  1. Samsonsam
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    10 November 2019
    Has anyone tried cold showers in the morning to reduce stress and inflammation caused by stress? If so how were your results?
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    14 November 2019 in reply to Samsonsam

    Hi Samsonsam,

    Thank you for your post and question - this is a really interesting topic. I'm sorry your post hasn't been answered yet.

    I have heard a lot about cold showers, but personally I don't think they work for me. I also shower at night where as I think I read the benefits of cold showers work best in the morning? Having said that though, I do find that sometimes turning the water on cold can help to ground me if I'm struggling a bit. Certainly not at all like Wim Hoff (who likes very cold showers and baths!).

    What are your own experiences?

    RT

  3. Samsonsam
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    14 November 2019 in reply to romantic_thi3f
    I've personally found it be great. I've been doing it for 1 week now several times a day. I work from home and have been finding it hard to concentrate and I cant drink coffee she to it causing panic attacks but now whenever I feel tired, anxious or find myself unmotivated I have a 20 second cold shower. It calms me and mentally and gives me a rush of motivation. The effects dont last long only about 10 minutes but sometimes that's all I need to get stuck back into my work. Ever since starting this job my anxiety has been through the roof since I dont have as much social interaction so it's good to have something that gets me out of my own head when meditation doesn't work all the time.
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    14 November 2019 in reply to Samsonsam

    Hi Samsonsam

    Thankyou for the great post

    You have mentioned an important point here as I have relative that has had ongoing anxiety and I mentioned to 'have a cold shower'...when she was feeling super anxious.....and yes....the cold water diffused the anxiety in a heartbeat! Even though it was short term relief it was a huge help for her to re-focus

    Anxiety of any type or level can be minimized/reduced.....and you have mentioned a great method to accomplish doing so...Excellent post Samsonsam!

    you have helped more people than you know ....especially with anticipatory anxiety

    my kind thoughts

    Paul

  5. Big _Al
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    16 November 2019 in reply to Samsonsam

    Hi Samsonsam,

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience with cold showers! I know somebody who has tried it, and I think after reading your post I may try it myself now in these summer months. How did you find out about it?

    -Al

  6. Samsonsam
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    17 November 2019 in reply to Big _Al
    I dont remember how I first heard about cold showers but I have done plenty of research. The physical health benefits haven't been proven much but the mental benefits are pretty solid. Not only does it help with stress and anxiety one person also explain how it helps motivate people to push themselves.

    A cold shower isn't that different to tasks that we put off in life and give our selves excuses on why we can't do it. We dont do things because the thought of it is mentally painful and when we try do them it's also painful but the results can be extremely positive. If you can get through with having a cold shower you are mentally preparing yourself to get through the tasks in life that are mentally painful. In many ways similar to meditation which is why some people actually meditate while they have their cold showers.

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