TAKE A COLD PLUNGE IN A NATURAL BODY OF WATER
Let the healing power of Mother Nature in. The practice of plunging into icy waters is not new, but it's worth the reminder. Research continues to show how important time spent in nature is for our health and with the added benefits of cold exposure, you're sure to feel instantly transformed. We crave a dip in the ocean or lake during the summer months, but bonus points if you submerge yourself in the winter. Mind over matter.
EXPLORE THE BENEFITS OF CRYOTHERAPYCryotherapy, where temperatures drop below 200 degrees Fahrenheit, activates the parasympathetic nervous system and essentially shocks the body into deep repair mode. This has been used, particularly by athletes to fight inflammation and speed recovery. Benefits also may include boosted metabolism, clearing of skin conditions and immune support.
COLD IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOMEWe like to end every shower with a burst of cold, staying under as long as possible. This takes resolve, and becomes easier over time. Summer is an ideal time to start, as the heat outside makes a cold shower feel more welcome. If you're brave, try a cold bath.
THE POWER OF THE WIM HOF METHODThe Wim Hof method combines three potent practices: cold exposure, breath work and focus. Cold exposure helps raise our metabolism, balance hormone levels, improve sleep quality and release endorphins (those feel good chemicals in the brain that elevate our mood). While deep breathing floods our body with oxygen and fortifies our immune system. As we stay present to the sensations of our breath and the cold, we connect mind to body, and body to mind.
USING A COLD COMPRESS FOR TARGETING HEALINGIf cold exposure reduces swelling and inflammation, you can think of an ice pack as a targeted way to harness its power. More commonly used for pain management and injury, we love a cold compress on the neck or feet for a quick boost of energy and some soothing relief. You can also ice a pimple in order to reduce its swelling and help it heal faster.