Open water and wild swimming have exploded in popularity over the last few months, perhaps in large part because of lockdown restrictions meaning that we’ve had to find other ways of entertaining ourselves during the pandemic… and outdoor pursuits have certainly helped keep us all sane over what has been a particularly tricky year.
But did you know that there are plenty of interesting benefits associated with going for a chilly dip in the river or sea?
From a mental health perspective, you may find that you experience a significant boost in your mood if you do indulge in this pastime, as the cold water can trigger a serious stress response, which then allows you to build resilience and learn how to react in the face of adversity.
And it can also help calm and alleviate any anxious feelings you may be experiencing, especially if you submerge your face, as this helps to slow your heart rate and relax your body… which may feel counterintuitive at first, but the more you do it, the easier you’ll find it.
It’s also thought that cold water can help reduce any inflammation you may have in your body and it can be incredibly invigorating and energising - so, with summer just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to give it a go.
Take a look at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Instagram account, as he’s a big fan of wild swimming and does it regularly. You may be similarly inspired to try dipping your toe in yourself!
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