Things to try with us...Cold Water
We are pretty convinced about the benefits of cold-water ‘swimming’ for both our physical and mental health.
It seems particularly helpful in managing feelings of stress, anxiety, panic attacks and low mood
There is also a growing body of evidence that it can help painful conditions including fibromyalgia and might even boost our immune systems.
We are so convinced that every Friday morning at 8am we are going ‘swimming’ at the Boatshore to give it a go! I’m not sure we should call it swimming – just dunking your head under the water or having a paddle might be a better description.
You should never swim alone in cold water
You should never swim alone in cold water but if you want to join us, you would be most welcome. You would, however, be doing so at your own risk. We are not trained lifeguards and some of us are pretty rubbish swimmers. People die from sudden cold-water immersion in Scotland each year. You should never jump straight into cold water as it can trigger ‘cold water shock’. If this happens the RNLI advice is to simply float for 60-90 seconds for the shock to pass and for you to regain control of your breathing.
We recommend that you bring a towel, warm clothes and a hot drink…. together with an open mind and anyone else you think might benefit!
So even if it sounds silly and is a bit risky, sometimes doing nothing is the riskiest thing of all…
The first swim will be on April 1st – do you believe us??
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