'Stressed Out' AOC Dunks Her Face in Bowl of Ice Water - WATCH
'Ok so no lie I have been very very stressed out lately'
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) dunked her face in a bowl of ice water on Instagram Live because she was "stressed out."
In a text overlayed on a video AOC posted:
"Ok so no lie I have been very very stressed out lately and today I found myself staying in a stressful mental pattern that was just creating more stress for myself."
"Riley (AOC's boyfriend) and I read previously that dunking your face in a bowl of ice water can be a way of redirecting by forcing your body to do a kind of reset of your parasympathetic nervous system, so I'm going to try it," it continues.
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"So we filled this water bowl with ice and scooped it out right before dunking," the text says.
AOC then counts down from five before dunking her face in cold water for a few seconds.
Text overlapping the video reads:
"It is very very cold…and yes my kitchen is messy today deal with it."
Ocasio-Cortez's boyfriend can be heard cheering her on, "Good job, good job."
"It gave me a brain freeze," more text on the video reads.
"But I must say it worked! Turns out dunking your head into freezing cold ice water is a pretty good way to redirect. Hope this helps someone!"
AOC then dunks her face into the ice water for a second time.
According to an article from The Washington Post, dunking your face in ice-cold water is "one of the most effective stress resets."
"One of the most effective stress resets involves submerging your face in ice-cold water while holding your breath," the Post said.
"This activates the diving reflex, which slows the heart rate and redirects blood away from the periphery of the body, toward the heart and other vital organs.
"These physiological changes have been shown to decrease anxiety. …
"If a bowl or a bucket with icy water is not at your disposal, you can press ice packs against your eyes, upper cheeks, and temples while leaning over and holding your breath."
"Stay like this as long as you can tolerate it. We typically recommend 15 to 30 seconds, although I've observed the effect [take hold] much faster," said clinical psychologist Jenny Taitz.
"Sheri Van Dijk, a psychotherapist in Newmarket, Ontario, warns people with low blood pressure, heart problems or eating disorders should talk to their doctor before attempting this strategy."
"We share the diving reflex with other air-breathing vertebrates," the Post added.
"Think of activating your diving reflex as a way of channeling your inner dolphin."