A cold snap

Updated: Aug 18, 2020

The thought of an ice-cold shower sounds absolutely horrendous. Who in their right mind would want to stand under a freezing blast of water having just climbed out from under a nice warm duvet? Well, research shows that a cold shower in the morning can potentially alleviate anxiety. First of all, cold water improves circulation helping your blood to move faster around your key organs. The icy coldness stimulates the production of noradrenaline in the brain that helps to relieve anxious moods. And finally, the cold charges up your immune system giving a helpful boost to your metabolic rate.

Cold water therapy is not new of course. From the dawn of time, people have embraced the cold and plunged into the sea, lakes and rivers. In ancient India, the practice developed into an Ayurvedic remedy called Ishnaan, a form of body-tox hydrotherapy.

To get the best out of the frosty experience try massaging your skin first and applying a few drops of body oil.