A common mistake among beginners in cold plunging is not immersing themselves enough to cover the upper part of the neck. To maximize the benefits, including anti-inflammatory response and mood enhancement, it’s important to be in the water sufficiently so that the upper part of the neck is fully submerged. This action will more effectively activate the vagus nerve, leading to a more comprehensive hormonal response.
You can also try immersing your head completely under the water. This transmits a powerful signal to your system that will accelerate the body’s warming regulation, making the cold more tolerable and manageable.
It’s also important to balance cold water immersion with other wellness practices, such as rest, proper nutrition, and mobility work, to experience its full benefits.