Morning Rituals • Cold Showers

 
 

While on vacation in Mexico, I had the opportunity to try cold water immersion at our hotel spa. The experience consisted of a handful of small heated pools at different temperatures and one freezing cold pool. As someone who is always cold, the idea of leaving the jacuzzi to submerge myself under frigid water did not immediately appeal to me. However, after reading about the benefits of cold water immersion I decided to give it a try. 

To my surprise, I loved it. After coming out of the water, I felt my body awaken, my muscles, my mind and my attitude shift, and I knew this was something I had to keep doing. Though it may be a challenging task, the benefits associated with this practice are highly beneficial to the body. 

The Potential Benefits [source] 
Increases alertness
Refines hair and skin
Improves immunity and circulation
Stimulates weight loss
Speeds up muscle soreness and recovery
Eases stress
Helps relieve depression

There are many ways to integrate cold water immersion into your daily life. Cold showers work like a charm for me, especially when I need to wake up and be alert. Since starting a new semester at school I have also been trying cold water showers before my late night classes to give me a burst of energy. 

If you're interested in learning more about cold water immersion YouTube is filled with great introductory videos and tips!