Katherine Hepburn, a Hollywood actress, was a fan of cold showers. She
began taking them daily after being pushed by Dr. Thomas Norval Hepburn,
a urologist and pioneer in social hygiene, The New York Times reported.
Katherine would take ice-cold baths or showers during childhood and for
the rest of her life — she would advise others to do so as well. The
actress swore by cold showers, and had a high energy level to support
Yes, yes, I know you are afraid of the word ‘exercise’ early in the
morning, but did you know that it’s one of the most effective ways to
relieve your morning anxiety, boost your mood and energy and improve
your overall health? I’m not going to urge you to run or walk in the
park early in the morning (especially now when it’s so cold outside!)
But I suggest that you do a few simple exercises such as jumping rope,
sit-ups or yoga. Give it a try once you wake up, you will be surprised
how wonderful the morning is!
Cold showers can aid weight loss in an unexpected way. The human body
contains two types of fat tissue, white fat and brown fat. White fat is
accumulated when we consume more calories than our body needs to
function, and we don’t burn these calories for energy. This body fat
piles up at our waist, lower back, neck, and thighs, and is the one we
all struggle to eliminate. Brown fat is the good fat, which generates
heat to keep our bodies warm, and is activated when exposed to extreme
cold, according to the Joslin Diabetes Center, a Harvard Medical School
affiliate. Thus, cold showers can promote brown fat activity.
- Get up earlier
4. Stimulates Weight Loss
Several studies have shown that taking a shower in the evening and at
least 90 minutes before sleep will allow your body to heat up and cool
down in time for adequate shut-eye.
Cold showers have been shown to relieve depression symptoms due to the
intense impact of cold receptors in the skin, which send an overwhelming
amount of electrical impulses from the peripheral nerve endings to the
brain. Thus, it produces an antidepressive effect, and boosts moods,
making it a pick-me-up. A 2008 study found that cold hydrotherapy has an
analgesic effect, and does not appear to have noticeable side effects or
cause dependence. This treatment included one to two cold showers of 38
degrees Fahrenheit, two to three minutes long, followed by a five-minute
gradual adaptation to make the procedure less shocking.
- Have a healthy breakfast
It’s time to take a duck to water, and try the benefits of hydrotherapy.
Don’t let anxiety ruin your morning and day. Find the best way to combat
anxiety as soon as possible in order to live a healthier, happier life.
Remember about the power of positive thinking and gratitude. Stay
positive and gratitude each day. Every morning be thankful for waking up
and being alive. If you suffer from morning anxiety on a regular basis
and nothing helps, it’s time to see your doctor. Have you ever tried to
cope with morning anxiety without turning to medication? Please share
your own experience and tips.
You’ll wash off the grime of the day
Jessica Krant, board-certified dermatologist, told The Huffington Post
that ice-cold or lukewarm water can help our skin and prevent it from
being stripped of its healthy natural oils too quickly. Remember, cold
water only temporarily tightens skin as it constricts blood flow, but it
does not shrink pores. When it comes to haircare, cold showers can make
hair appear shinier, stronger, and healthier by flattening hair
follicles, and increasing their ability to grip the scalp.
Dealing with morning anxiety is never easy, even if you take some
medication. I have to cope with my morning anxiety occasionally, but I’m
not a fan of medication so I decided to do a research and found out a
few ways to relieve my morning anxiety naturally. If you are anything
like me, then I may help you. I’m strongly believe that the body heals
itself, you simply need to give it a chance to do so. Follow these tips
for reducing your morning anxiety and you will be able to wake up and
say ‘What a beautiful morning today’ each morning.
‘It might be better for men to shower first thing in the morning before
shaving because the warm water can decrease ingrown hairs,’ he said.
Most of us have been caught in that skin-cringing, and often dreaded
moment of being the last one to shower. If you haven’t then chances are
that you’ve had someone walk into the bathroom, and flush the toilet
mid-shower, leaving you covered in bone-chilling cold water. In these
moments, instead of indulging in a hot luxurious shower, especially
during the bitter cold winter months, we find ourselves shivering with
discomfort and anger, but this may actually be advantageous to our
health. Coined as the “James Bond Shower,” or often referred to as a
“Scottish Shower,” turning the temperature down to freezing cold at the
end can provide surprising benefits for our body and skin.
When you are dealing with morning anxiety, it’s crucial to keep your
blood sugar under control. The thing is, when your blood sugar is too
high or too low, it makes you feel tired, sluggish and sleepy. Sugar can
cause a rapid rise of adrenaline, which can lead to anxiety,
hyperactivity, and difficulty learning and concentrating. Limit your
sugar intake or quit sugar once and for all. You will improve your
overall health and your mornings will be bright and happy.
When it comes to hair and skin, one of the most natural ways to maintain
your appearance is with cold showers. Hot water has the tendency to dry
out our skin, so it’s best to use cold water to tighten your cuticles
and pores, which will prevent them from getting clogged. Cold water can
“seal” the pores in the skin and scalp too, preventing dirt from getting
- Reduce your caffeine intake
Cold water can improve circulation by encouraging blood to surround our
organs, which can then help combat some problems of the skin and heart.
As cold water hits the body, it’s ability to get blood circulating leads
the arteries to more efficiently pump blood, therefore boosting our
overall heart health, according to Dr. Joseph Mercola, a natural health
expert. It can also lower blood pressure, clear blocked arteries, and
improve our immune system.
If you don’t want to drink a smoothie or green tea in the morning, opt
for plain water or lemon water. Dehydration is often the result of many
diseases. It’s recommended to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day,
and the first glass should be drunk early in the morning. I recommend
you to try lemon water. Not only will lemon water relieve your anxiety,
but it will also speed up your metabolism, helping digest your breakfast
better, boost your energy levels, improve your skin health and many
6. Eases Stress
In order to eliminate morning anxiety from your life, reduce your
caffeine intake. If you can’t imagine your morning without that joe, it
can be hard to do it, but so rewarding. High caffeine intake increase
your blood pressure and stress levels, not to mention it worsens your
morning anxiety. Instead of coffee, you can enjoy some smoothies (I
recommend a green smoothie) or a cup of green tea. Although green tea
contains some caffeine, it’s much healthier than coffee.
Jumping into the shower without letting it heat up, or going into the
ocean without slowly acclimating to it, can help promote hardening,
increasing tolerance to stress, and even disease. A 1994 study found a
drastic decrease in uric acid levels during and following exposure to a
cold stimulus. There was also an increase in gluthathione, an
antioxidant that keeps all other antioxidants performing at their
optimal levels. The participants, who were 10 healthy people who swam
regularly in ice-cold water during the winter, adapted to repeated
I hope you know that you should never skip your breakfast, but you
should also pay attention to your morning eating plan. It’s wise to opt
for oatmeal, eggs, omelets, fruit smoothies or pancakes, but you should
also incorporate more greens into your breakfast. Whether it’s a green
smoothie, a green salad or some raw greens, eat it every morning to
reduce your anxiety. Greens are fortified with chlorophyll and
magnesium, which helps ease tension, relieve anxiety, improve your focus
and boost your energy levels.
Taking a cold shower in the morning, and feeling cold water pour down
over our body seems more horrifying than soothing. However, the deep
breathing in response to our body’s shock helps us keep warm, as it’s
increases our overall oxygen intake. Thus, our heart rate will also
increase, releasing a rush of blood through our entire body. This gives
us a natural dose of energy for the day.
- Reduce your sugar intake
‘Showering artificially raises the temperature again and allows for a
faster cool down, which seems to hasten sleep,’ she added.
5. Speeds Up Muscle Soreness and Recovery
Sleeping in can make you more anxious, so try to get up earlier in the
morning. Studies show that people who have a habit of sleeping more than
9 hours a night tend to suffer from anxiety, depression, obesity and
many other health issues. However, lack of sleep can lead to many health
issues as well, so make sure you sleep 7-8 hours each night. Develop a
habit of going to bed earlier and getting up earlier in order to have
time to have a breakfast and exercise in the morning. Plus, it’s good
for your skin. People who go to bed earlier tend to have a clearer skin.
Dr Jaber said: ‘Whatever makes you feel better, that’s what you should
We have all seen athletes taking ice baths after training to reduce
muscle soreness, but a quick cold shower after breaking a sweat at the
gym can be just as effective, especially in relieving delayed-onset
muscle soreness. A 2009 study analyzing 17 trials involved over 360
people who either rested or immersed themselves in cold water after
resistance training, cycling, or running. It found that 24-minute cold
water baths were effective in relieving sore muscles one to four days
after exercises with a water temperature of 50 to 59 degrees Fahrenheit,
or 10 to 15 degrees Celsius. However, some studies involved colder
- Drink up!
Benefits of Cold Showers: 7 Reasons Why Taking Cool Showers Is Good For
3. Improves Immunity and Circulation
2. Refines Hair and Skin
The same way a shower reduces cortisol levels to help you relax at
night, releasing that same hormone in the morning can lower stress,
opening up the way for creativity, according to research.
1. Increases Alertness
Based on expert opinion and research, showering at night may be the best
way to unwind after a long day and rejuvenate your skin.
7. Relieves Depression
He added that by the end of the day your body is covered in all kinds of
allergens including pollen which can irritate your skin.
A 2009 study found that exposure to extreme cold temperatures activated
brown fat in 23 and 24 participants by a 15-fold increase, meaning
someone could lose up to nine pounds in a year if they kept this
Showering is also a good way to unwind and release muscle tension which
can aid in sleep.
Dr Jaber said that as long as you shower for just a few minutes, no more
than 10, twice a day is no problem.
We found that while both have their pros and cons, a shower at night
washes off the sweat, oils and allergens of the day, giving you better
shut-eye and radiant skin.
If you can’t decide, showering in the morning and night is harmless as
long as you don’t dwell under hot water for too long.
‘If you’re out all day and sweaty or working out you should definitely
shower before going to bed,’ he said.
‘Using very hot water can reduce moisture in the skin and strip away
many of the skin’s natural lubricants,’ he said.
New York-based dermatologist Dr Samer Jaber told Daily Mail Online that
a nighttime shower is good to wash off the dirt of the day.