If you’ve ever jumped into a cold pool, you probably remember how refreshing it can feel. Once the initial shock wore off, you may have even enjoyed it.
What you might not have known is that taking a cold shower has actually been linked to some serious health benefits.
If you’re looking to incorporate cold hydrotherapy at home, here’s everything you need to know about how cold showers can supercharge your brain.
The Science Behind The Shower
When your body comes in contact with the cold, your blood will move from the surface to your core. Your fresh blood flows to your brain and organs. This also cleans out your system.
that the science behind cold showers may relieve anxiety and depression symptoms better than prescription medications.
How It Works
Exposure to cold temperatures will activate your sympathetic nervous system. The hormones released during this process are also responsible for making you feel happier.
The same feel-good endorphins that are released during exercise, for example, are also released during exposure to the cold.
Reduce Your Anxiety
Studies also show that exposure to cold temperatures and cold water, in particular, can reduce your anxiety. The better your mood, the less anxious you may feel.
The electrical impulses sent from your nerve endings to your brain can have an anti-depressive effect.
While you may not want to sign up for a polar plunge competition, doing a little hydrotherapy at home might reduce your stress and anxiety levels.
To try this at home, start with a warm shower. After a couple of minutes slowly drop the temperature. You want the cold water to be hard to tolerate. Stand there for a few minutes and let the cold work its magic.
It’s important to note that you should never stop any medications or use this as a way to treat serious anxiety or depression. Talk with your doctor before trying any home remedies.
A cold shower in the morning, however, may be just what you need to kick-start your day in a better mood.