For those that may be following along on my journey you may see that I have been falling in love with sea swimming/ cold water therapy .
Now I have always been a fan of the ocean, sea air and beaches. However when I started to sea dip regularly I noticed the benefits for my overall health and well-being.
It’s hard to put into words the feeling of rejuvenation I feel after a wee dip but it is “pure class” I feel refreshed, refocused and it sets me up for the day. I often go with a friend or friends, not just for safety reasons but to spend quality time with that person. In the sea the only thing you can really do is chat, take deep breaths and regulate your body temperature. I love that we are technology free, no external distractions and just embracing the simplicity of nature.
As someone who would live a fast paced and sometimes stressful life, I find cold water swimming to be incredibly beneficial for stress levels. As I leave the water I feel calmer and more relaxed.
Those that have experienced the power of a cold dip will understand and resonate with the feeling of elation and the natural high. Cold water swimming activates endorphins. This chemical is what the brain produces to make us feel good during activities. An interesting fact that I’ve learned is that cold water swimming brings us close to the pain barrier. Endorphins are released when we’re in pain, to help us deal with the discomfort.
Another plus point of sea dipping is that it boosts your circulation by stimulating your veins, arteries, and capillaries. It forces blood to the surface of our skin and aid your immune system.
I could go on and on about why I would recommend a dip in the sea or a lake but the main advantage point is how it makes me feel. Free, focused and a less stressed version of myself. I don’t actually live near the sea, however at any opportunity during the holidays I make a trip to the shore.
My top tips for sea swim dip for beginners
- Take a friend or a group with you
- Wear swimwear and invest in sea shoes
- A dry robe is ideal for warmth and makes the experience easier and helps with the practicalities of changing
- Ensure safety at all times by checking if it is safe to go in
- Have a flask of tea ready when you are finished (game changer)
- Stay in for a short time at the start and do what makes you feel comfortable
- Embrace a new experience
If you have any sea swim location suggestions, let me know. I always love hearing about cool and safe locations across our beautiful country 🏊🩱🌊