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More than singing...

For years I've heard about contrasting showers and how they can help with symptoms of depression and anxiety. I've never been willing to try it. It sounds like torture. Since I don't want to recommend something I haven't tried. I'm doing it. Yep. So far it is not as terrible as I expected. I feel invigorated, I know it's good for my hair and for my mental health. Win win!

For centuries alternating between hot and cold has been used to treat all matter of ailments. Going to a spa with hot and cold pools sounds about perfect, but for most of us, not reasonable on a daily basis. Instead, try more than singing in the shower. Here's how to do it:

  1. Gradually increase the shower temperature as warm as your skin will allow for 3-5 minutes.

  2. Turn the faucet to cold while vigorously rinsing for 30 seconds (15 sec front/15 sec back).

  3. Turn the water back to hot for 3 minutes. Then cold for 30 seconds. Repeat! Ending your shower on cold.

  4. Towel-dry, warm up as necessary and for best results rest for 20 minutes.

Dr Nedley recommends this for the severely depressed 2 times per day for 7-10 days. Once the depression improves, once a day. And then 3 times a week when no depression is present.

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