The Benefits of Coldwater Swimming

Challenging chronic pain and low mood — all drug-free.

I take no medication.

Instead, I go swimming.

Regularity and availability

Favourite and special moments

There are a few addictive aspects of this strange activity, but there are also challenges.

Mindful swimming

I find swimming is a very meditative experience, mindfully focused on the moment.

Solitary versus social swimming

We all agree that even after the hardest days, it is like having a reset button on our bodies, a drug-free pick-me-up, a re-energiser.

Coldwater health

If I could summon that up, then I could summon up courage in other places, other situations and not just let myself get railroaded while standing there opening my mouth like a goldfish.

My personal safety rules

Never disrespect or under-estimate the power of the ocean or the force of a wave.

Don’ts

The Ascent

A community of storytellers documenting the journey to happiness and fulfillment.

Sylvia Clare MSc. Psychol

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Mindfulness teacher, poet, author of ‘The Well Mannered Penis’, ‘No Visible Injuries’, ‘Living Well and Loving ADHD’ ‘Julia’ and others.

The Ascent

A community of storytellers documenting the journey to happiness & fulfillment. Join thousands of others making the climb on Medium.

Sylvia Clare MSc. Psychol

Written by

Mindfulness teacher, poet, author of ‘The Well Mannered Penis’, ‘No Visible Injuries’, ‘Living Well and Loving ADHD’ ‘Julia’ and others.

The Ascent

A community of storytellers documenting the journey to happiness & fulfillment. Join thousands of others making the climb on Medium.

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