Taking the plunge: Immersing in cold water can help your mental state

By Claire Wolters, Nov 10, 2023

Alex Dimitriu, MD, dual board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and Founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, says that some of the benefits of cold plunges could be the body’s demonstration of resilience or grit. “Being able to push through the ‘mental barrier’ and aversion associated with entering a cold bath or shower may have a positive benefit on our ability to overcome challenges and initiate action despite our internal resistance,” Dr. Dimitriu says. “This type of discipline may be beneficial psychologically and may also toughen our psyche by increasing tolerance for pain and our ability to overcome our own resistance and aversion to challenges.”

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