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Hot Tubs and Mental Health

Hot Tubs and Mental Health

Over the past few years, we’ve seen many people work to turn their backyard into their own personal staycation, helping to relieve stress and feel relaxed while at home. While hammocks, lounge chairs, and pool floaties can go a long way, there are quite a few things that hot water soaking can provide that other backyard staples just can’t!

This is why many have gone out and purchased their own spa. After all, there are so many benefits to owning and using a hot tub! From stress release to socializing, to muscle and joint pain alleviation, it really pays off to have a spa available in your backyard. But what many people are unaware of is that there are also so many mental health benefits that soaking in a spa provides.

Here are some of the biggest mental health benefits that hot tubs produce:

1. Hot Tubs Help You Destress Naturally

There’s no doubt about it; soaking in hot water is incredibly relaxing! Studies have shown that when you emerge your body in hot water for up to 15 minutes, you allow your body to fall into a deep state of relaxation.

This allows you to destress, relax, and unwind from your day-to-day tasks. Not to mention, you can’t exactly bring your phone into the hot tub with you. So a hot tub session allows you some time to check out and tune out all outside distractions that may be causing you stress.

2. Hot Tubs Alleviate Anxiety

Anxiety and stress levels are linked hand in hand, unfortunately. Which means that when you’re stressed you’re probably also anxious. The good thing is, however, that when you destress your body you’re also able to reduce your anxiety levels significantly. So, a 15-minute soak in the hot tub will not only help you feel less stressed, but it will also allow you to feel less anxious too.

3. Hot Tubs Help You Sleep Better

There’s nothing worse than getting up in the morning knowing you had a terrible night’s sleep! Whether it’s work stress, never-ending to-do lists, or an active mind keeping you up, a simple soak in the hot tub before bed can easily help!

We’ve mentioned that soaking in hot water for 15 minutes helps to destress the body. Not only will this lower your stress and anxiety levels, but it will also allow you and your body to feel more relaxed. This allows you to easily drift off to sleep AND provides a deeper sleep as well!

4. Hot Tubs Help to Naturally Balance Your Hormones

When soaking in hot water your body experiences an increase in your blood flood and a more relaxed pace of breath, which helps to balance out your dopamine, serotonin, and cortisol hormones.

As your cortisol levels begin to drop your body starts to relax, which simultaneously causes your dopamine and serotonin levels to rise. This not only makes you feel happier and more at ease, but it also helps to naturally rebalance your hormones.

As you can see, hot tubs are great for many reasons, and the mental health benefits alone should be enough to make you want to get outside and enjoy a 15-minute soak! To increase stress relief and relaxation even further, we recommend adding some aromatherapy oils to your spa. From stress-busting scents like Eucalyptus to relaxing scents like Sunset Mist, there are many available that will really help make your spa more enjoyable and serene.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to speak to our staff at any of our Discounter’s Pool and Spa Warehouse locations. If you’re ready to take your spa to the next level, check out our available range of PharmaSpa aromatherapy oils as well. So, who’s ready for a nice, relaxing soak in the hot tub?!

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