Winter Bathing: To Winter Bathe or Not to Winter Bathe

What’s the Deal with Winter Bathing

Winter Bathing…like sunbathing only less warm!

I’m enjoying exploring the concept of bathing at the moment.

  • What does it actually mean to say we’re sunbathingย and is it good or bad for us?
  • Are there different environments or atmospheres that offer bathing opportunities
  • Is Forrest Bathing nothing more than a relaxing walk in the woods?

This week I think I’ve invented my own form of bathing; Winter Bathing

Snow Bathing by Japanese Snow Monkey

Winter Bathing

Nothing to do with cold water immersion therapy, popularised by the inspirational Wim Hof.ย  What I’m talking about is simply soaking up winter.


Sitting out in the cold doesn’t come naturally.

Evolutionary speaking, we’re hard-wired to avoid cold stress.ย  No wonder that this time of year my mind would prefer to be hibernating indoors with the fire cranked up. ๐Ÿ”ฅ

However, when I actually give myself the opportunity to sit and soak in the winter (actually allow my body to relax and absorb as opposed to shut down and fight the cold) my body recognises that it’s not a fight for survival.

Eventually, I realise, I’m well fed and well clothed.ย  I can slowly start to relax and enjoy the feeling of the cold air and actually feel the sun on my skinย ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ˜Ž

Of course, it’s still really cold and I need my warmest clothes in order to enjoy the experience. ๐Ÿงค๐Ÿงฆ

So are there any actual benefits to sitting out in the cold???

Well, unlike Forrest Bathing, there’s currently no research.ย  But it might just be the thing to keep your circadian rhythm set during the long dark winter days.

Yes, I’m aware my DayGlo(TM) orange Patagonia jacket might look out of place in my English country garden, I couldn’t care less… It’s January and I’m outside drinking tea!! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ™Œโค๏ธ๐ŸŒžโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿžย  ย And that’s got to be good for you…Huzzah!!!



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