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Frontline care worker fights stress of Covid with icy plunges

Visitors have flocked to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park in search of cold water therapy and the health benefits of nature.


A mum has told how plunging into icy lochs has helped stop her panic attacks and reduce her stress levels after returning to work in a care home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Danielle McGinlay’s mental health was suffering when, having been off on maternity leave, she went back to work in a nursing home.

She said: “I hit a low point in September. I have had issues on and off with my mental health for years and returning to work in a nursing home last year during Covid, after being off for maternity leave, wasn’t easy. I was having panic attacks and couldn’t sleep.

“I came across a YouTube video about people who used cold water therapy to help their mental health. I had never done anything like that before but what did I have to lose?” READ FULL RELEASE HERE.

Danielle McGinlay, a 30-year-old healthcare support worker, said being in the cold water allows her mind to be completely still.

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