We all have days when we just don’t feel like it. On these days there are usually three mindsets:
If you’ve fallen into the trap of procrastination, and it’s afternoon or even early evening by the time you decide to go for it, then be mindful of the time of day.
The use of cold exposure affects our naturally fluctuating temperature change which is aligned to our individual circadian rhythm. Our body temp is lowest about 2 hours before waking whereas its natural peak is early to mid-afternoon, before slowly declining again before sleep.
Our cooling body is what helps us fall asleep and why a cool room for sleeping aids a deep rest. This is useful to know for users of cold-water immersion because it can inform what kind of cold exposure we choose, and when best to take it.
A night-time ice bath is much more likely to be counterintuitive to restful sleep as it will warm us up when our body wants to cool down. An ice bath in the morning, however, is going to support the body in warming up when it already wants to do that. Be sure to see what works for you.
The same goes for trying to cool down with a cold shower or a dip on a hot day. The cold will fire up your natural furnace and make you warmer than when you started out. Beware the power of the cold. It’s a tool. Use it wisely.