Got Stress

Got Stress? Take the Plunge!!!
By
Arthur Brooks
May 9, 2024
Got Stress

Arthur Brooks

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May 9, 2024

Stressors of all varieties impact health.  Job, family, finances, and relationships cause anxiety and stress in people of all ages.  
Coping skills for stress and anxiety are countless.  Research has found and physicians are recommending hot sauna and cold plunge to reduce stress and anxiety.  
Sauna sessions induce relaxation and reduce stress by increasing blood flow, promoting muscle relaxation, and triggering the release of endorphins, which are natural stress relievers.

Combine the heat with cold plunge to increase mood enhancement.  Cold plunges activate the body's stress response, leading to a release of adrenaline and a subsequent feeling of invigoration.
Alternating between these extremes helps the body adapt to stressors, ultimately reducing overall stress levels.

Additionally, cold exposure has been shown to activate the sympathetic nervous system, which can help regulate the autonomic nervous system and improve resilience to stress over time.
Some people also find that the shock of cold water helps them focus on the present moment, shifting their attention away from anxious thoughts.

The release of endorphins during sauna sessions and the rush of adrenaline and dopamine following cold plunges can positively impact mood.
Many individuals report feeling uplifted and rejuvenated after completing a sauna cold plunge session, which can contribute to a more positive outlook and improved emotional well-being.

Overall, the combination of sauna sessions and cold plunges offers a multifaceted approach to promoting mental health, encompassing relaxation, stress reduction, mood enhancement, resilience-building, mindfulness, and social connection. Incorporating these practices into a holistic wellness routine can contribute to improved mental well-being and a greater sense of overall happiness and fulfillment.

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