I have read a few articles recently and heard a radio program about the benefits of cold-water showers and cold-water swimming. In Australia we have the Bondi icebergs, people who swim in the ocean pool in winter and add buckets of ice. I thought they were foolish and never thought it had benefits.
I am often curious about a therapy that sounds simple, is accessible to most people, while it promises improvement for one’s mental health and general wellbeing.
I am someone who complains when I get a few seconds of cold water when someone has used the hot water tap in kitchen while I am having a shower. The mere thought of a five-minute shower did scare me and made me wonder if would actually try it!
However, I was inquisitive, so for the purposes of research for this blog, I decided to challenge myself to a shower of one minute. Dear reader, see what I am prepared to do so I can write blog! I know it does not sound a lot of time, but I thought it would be a big effort for my first time.
I kept putting it off then I thought I would be brave. How hard could it be? As it turned out, extremely hard for me!! I lasted ten seconds before I stopped as I was screaming, I thought I would worry the neighbours.
I do feel guilty and so privileged when I think of all the people in the world who do not have access to clean water and could only dream of a cold shower without having to walk miles to find water.
I am wondering if anyone has tried the cold shower, swimming in chilly water or knows of anyone who has, could you share your experiences.
I am waiting for researchers to discover the benefits of the warm shower, as I have. For me a nice warm shower makes me feel ready to face the day or calms me down if I am stressed.
Would anyone be willing to try the cold-water challenge?
Do you find reading about such suggestions helpful? Have you found a suggestion apart from cold water that has improved your mental health or has not worked??
A Moodscope member.