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      Shake off a bad mood with frigid water. Get your energy and motivation up instantly.
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      Make Your Next Shower Cold

      This sounds like an exercise in unnecessary suffering, but it gets easier and the benefits outweigh the first 30 seconds of hell. Plus there are some tricks that make it more tolerable.

      Why consider it? There are several reasons people advocate cold showers. They say it promotes fat loss, increases insulin sensitivity, relieves muscle soreness, improves the immune system, helps people with chronic fatigue, and more.

      And while some of those may be valid reasons to do it, that's not what I use them for. Taking cold showers puts you in a mood like no other. You feel exhilarated and ready to take on anything afterward.

      They're like Mother Nature's happy pill. And while I don't suffer from depression, there are times when I'm in a funk, mood-wise, and a cold shower will pop me out of it.

      So on a practical level, think about why it might do that:

      Let's say you can't stop ruminating on a situation even though you know stressing over it won't fix anything. So you turn on the shower and decide to take it COLD.

      You step in, and it's the worst. You have to concentrate on breathing deeply and staying under the water. You become hyper-focused on the present; everything you were thinking about before is suddenly a non-issue. Then something miraculous happens after about 30 seconds. The cold water becomes tolerable.

      Once you're out of the shower, you feel like you've just slayed a dragon. You have all sorts of unbounded energy. Even better news? You've distracted yourself sufficiently from what was bugging you, and chances are it doesn't seem like as big a deal.

      The shower gave you some distance from the problem, which might actually help you come back to it later with a fresh mind. Psychologists will often tell people with anxiety to find healthy distractions. And a cold shower can absolutely take your mind off the source of your anxiety.

      On a more scientific level, researcher Nikolai A. Shevchuk, who's studied the effect of cold showers on depression, has concluded that this is what they do to the body:

      "Exposure to cold is known to activate the sympathetic nervous system and increase the blood level of beta-endorphin and noradrenaline and to increase synaptic release of noradrenaline in the brain as well. Additionally, due to the high density of cold receptors in the skin, a cold shower is expected to send an overwhelming amount of electrical impulses from peripheral nerve endings to the brain, which could result in an anti-depressive effect (1)."
      How to Make It Suck Less

      If you're new to cold showers, don't try to take one when you're already cold. Have one after you've spent some time in the heat or you're still warm from your workout. If you're chilled already, you won't want to follow through.
      Do it in silence. If you're not used to cold showers, now is not the time to try and enjoy a podcast or have a productive conversation. Certain types of music can even be annoying. Get focused on the cold shower, nothing else.
      Breathe deeply. The famous Wim Hof, who's known for his exposure to extreme temperatures, has an entire breathing methodology that he uses himself (and with clients) to endure crazy cold temperatures. So don't hold your breath.
      Get in gradually. If you're like me, you can't just throw your entire body under the water at once. I start with feet, hands, arms and legs, then gradually get my torso in, and then finally my head.
      If you're not ready to do this every day for a week, just start with 3 days a week. Then see if it's something you can do on occasion. The more you do it, the easier it gets.

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      Found this article and wanted to post it, thinking it may help some of us with stress, especially now that it seems the world is at a stand still.
      Have to think of different and productive ways to keep the mind occupied !!!

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      During the winter I just cannot do it. Water is too cold. Summer I never turn the hot water on. Probably not cool enough to do anything though. Cold is my kryptonite.
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      I love my hot showers, i've tried the cold thing and just can't do it lol
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      The cold water will put you in the moment. Even drinking a glass of ice cold water will do this, not to mention all the other things this article states. If you can't tolerate it, you can just do a cold rinse at the end which also helps the pores of your skin close. Another thing you can do is just let the cold water run on your feet , in the shower, for a time you can handle it. Thanks for posting, Dzone. Part of my morning ritual and I feel it is helpful. Try it out at the end of your shower, and when you stp out, write a positive word, messages, on the steamy mirror!
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      Quote Originally Posted by BABY1 View Post
      The cold water will put you in the moment. Even drinking a glass of ice cold water will do this, not to mention all the other things this article states. If you can't tolerate it, you can just do a cold rinse at the end which also helps the pores of your skin close. Another thing you can do is just let the cold water run on your feet , in the shower, for a time you can handle it. Thanks for posting, Dzone. Part of my morning ritual and I feel it is helpful. Try it out at the end of your shower, and when you stp out, write a positive word, messages, on the steamy mirror!
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      I've heard so many benefits to taking a cold shower. I've tried it, but never last long. I may push myself to do it for a week and see if I notice anything. Like Baby1 said, at least do a cold rinse at the end of my shower. Maybe start that way, then work up to an entire cold shower.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Torres View Post
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