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  • Writer's pictureDonavan Robinson

Chill Out and Focus: How Cold Showers Can Help with ADHD!

Do you struggle with ADHD and find yourself constantly searching for ways to manage your symptoms? Well, here's a tip that might surprise you: cold showers! Yes, you heard that right. Those icy-cold showers that make you shiver and gasp for breath can actually help you chill out and focus. Don't believe us? Let's take a deep dive into the scientific research and get some expert opinions on how cold showers can be a game-changer for ADHD.



Firstly, ADHD is a neurodevelopmental "disorder" characterized by symptoms such as impulsivity, hyperactivity, and difficulty focusing. Now, where do cold showers come in? It turns out that exposure to cold water can stimulate the release of norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in attention and focus. So, in theory, taking a cold shower could potentially increase your levels of norepinephrine, thus improving your ability to concentrate.


I started by cranking the cold water up when I was done my shower, which only allowed me to last a few seconds. Overtime I gradually moved to 15 seconds, then a minute and still trying to beat my time. I get an instant rush of energy, and it allows me to manage my ADHD symptoms a lot better. Research shows that it can increase dopamine levels by 215%. Wow!


But don't just take my word for it, let's hear from the experts. Dr. John Ratey, a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, has actually written a book on the topic called "Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain". In it, he discusses how cold showers (and exercise) can help with ADHD symptoms. He even recommends taking a cold shower before a big meeting or presentation to help with focus and alertness.


Now, I know what you're thinking - "But isn't taking a cold shower torture?". Well, fear not my friend, because there are ways to make the experience more bearable. Start with a warm shower, then gradually decrease the temperature until you're at a comfortably chilly level. You could also try alternating between hot and cold water to give your body a shock and wake up your senses.


Of course, this is all just speculation and anecdotal evidence. There haven't been any large-scale studies on the topic, so take it with a grain of salt. But hey, even if it doesn't work, at least you'll have a funny story to tell at parties.


In conclusion, taking cold showers might be the wacky solution you never knew you needed for your ADHD symptoms. And who knows, maybe it'll become the next big trend in ADHD management. Just remember to start slowly and listen to your body - no need to traumatize yourself in the name of science.


Here are some articles to back this up: Harvard Business Review , Stanford Report , Inc. Magazine

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