4 Ways an Inground Hot Tub Improves Mental Health
Inground hot tubs might be just what the doctor ordered if you or someone you love is struggling with their mental health. Isolation fatigue, remote work, the covid-19 pandemic and a whole host of other variables are contributing to burnout, stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions that are immensely difficult to handle, but important to treat. If you’re looking for a simple way to improve mental wellness, studies agree that hot tubs can benefit, not just your physical health, but also to your mental well-being too. When you shop at Seaway Pools’ online hot tub store, our team of professionals will help you find and install an inground hot tub that fits your needs so you can refresh your body and mind.
Here are 5 ways an inground hot tub can support mental wellness, see if it could be a good option for you.
Taking a regular soak in a hot tub helps to increase serotonin and dopamine levels which improve feelings of happiness and joy which in turn decrease cortisol, which causes stress, and epinephrine, a natural adrenaline. When you use a hot tub, relaxed deep breathing opens up blood vessels to improve blood circulation through the body. This effect of hot water, reduces hormonal fluctuations that worsen feelings of anxiety and depression.
Sleep is essential to wellness, it’s an innate part of our cycle, yet so many people struggle with getting quality sleep or the right amount of sleep which can put a strain on mental health which can inadvertently cause cyclical effects, making it harder to sleep. Insomnia is a common symptom of anxiety and extended periods of poor sleep can take a toll on everyday life. Regular hot tub use can curb insomnia, by creating body temperature fluctuations from hot, while in the hot water to cooling which mimics our sleep cycle. This process facilitates a deeper more restful sleep to reduce anxiety and stress.
Many mental ailments take a toll on the afflicted person’s mood leading to aggression, lethargy, irritability, sadness and other intense feelings. Oftentimes those diagnosed with mood disorders experience hard to manage mood swings between these emotions. A study from the University of Freiburg found that regular hot tub usage decreases mood imbalances in people with depression even more than exercise. As mentioned earlier, the hormone rebalancing of hot water plays a significant role in regulating moods to improve mental health.
Physical Pain Relief
Our physiological needs can weigh on our mental health. By taking care of our physical ailments we can reduce the stress incurred by our minds. If someone you care about is suffering from chronic illness, intense muscle pains, or injuries then they may be taking on the brunt of that mentally. Hot tub usage are low impact settings that offer muscle relief, relaxation, and relief from chronic pain that can eliminate the burden on the mind. Soaking in a hot tub not only distracts from pain but it helps to tackle muscle soreness and soothe nerves which can free the mind of concern and stress regarding injuries or illness.
Check out Seaway Pool’s online hot tub store or contact us today so we can help you find a hot tub that fits your needs.