Take the plunge: try cold showers
Friday, 28 May · 1 min read

Whether you’re really not a morning person or you’ve just had a bad night’s sleep, snapping out of that groggy state can be tough.

But, did you know that making your shower cold for just a few seconds every morning won’t only make you feel more alert but may even boost your mood?

Taking a cold shower puts your body under stress, which jolts your sympathetic nervous system into action (also known as your ‘fight or flight’ response). This triggers an adrenaline rush, increasing your heart rate, blood pressure and respiratory rate – that’s the number of breaths you take every minute. It also floods your bloodstream with chemicals called endorphins, which are known to reduce pain and boost pleasure, leading to a feeling of wellbeing.

Keen to give cold showers a try? Here’s how:

  1. Start your shower with warm water.

  2. Turn it to cold at the end – start with 30 seconds and increase by 5 seconds each week.

  3. Relax, breathe slowly and enjoy it.

Cold showers aren’t safe for everyone – speak to a doctor before starting if you have a heart condition, high blood pressure, asthma or you’re pregnant.

Quick Quiz
You should aim to shower for 10 minutes with a temperature of 10C. True or false?