Beat winter blues with a cold shower
AS THE COLDER
months creep up, a nice hot shower sounds like the perfect way to start the day and lift your spirits.
Scientists, however, say we should be reaching for the cold tap and enjoying an icy blast to increase energy levels, boost immunity, and beat the blues.
Contrast water therapy involves alternating between hot and cold water while you shower – try three minutes of hot, then one minute of cold, repeated three to five times.
Ancient samurai warriors used to pour buckets of cold water over themselves each morning in a practice called Misogi to cleanse their souls and energise themselves. And, although it might be the last thing you fancy on a cold, dark winter’s morning, the health benefits may swing it for you.
Researchers have found the technique causes the body to release a brain-stimulating chemical which banishes depression. The shock of the cold water also forces you to breathe faster and deeper, allowing more oxygen into your body, giving you an energy boost.
Just make sure your towel’s been warming on the radiator before you get out!
Try it now!