Before 2020, we were managing a lot of stress. Articles, books, podcasts – all talked about how bad stress is for you and how to relieve it. And suddenly, 2020 ushered in some new and different stress points.
Yet, consider that whatever is happening now, has happened before. There’s nothing new under the sun. The world has experienced pandemics, wars, famines, floods, shut-downs, crashes…life will always offer stress.
Perspective is one way to manage it. Whatever year and whatever the current events, everyone manages stress – it’s a natural reaction in your body. A certain amount is fine and can give you the motivation to get through deadlines or exams.
But too much stress is proven to weaken your immune system, which can lead to illness and other health issues. While you can’t get away from stress, you can manage it and in fact, you can take steps to boost your immunity, and your physical and mental health.
Deep Relaxation: The Proof is in the Hot Tub
A hot tub’s warmth and hydrotherapy offer many physical and emotional benefits, including stress relief.
And that’s a fact! Research has proven that soaking in a hot tub at 102 degrees F puts your body into a deeply relaxed state. In short, immersing yourself into warm water causes your body’s nervous system to fall into balance. That balance relieves stress.1 Plus, soaking in a hot tub has been associated with a reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease, improved memory, enhanced cognitive processes and increased concentration. In fact, your nervous system responds to warm water immersion like it responds to meditation.
The weightlessness of your body in a hot tub can also help reduce physical stress. Water supports approximately 90 percent of your normal body weight, relieving stress from your joints and muscles, making you feel weightless. Immersing yourself in a hot tub and enjoying the jets massaging waters can relax the muscles, and the therapy can lower your blood pressure and relieve tension in your body. Even the steam from the hot tub water helps your respiratory system.
The result: you feel less stressed and you’ve reduced your overall levels of stress in your body, thus combating the negative side effects of high stress.
Your hot tub can be your go-to place for stress management. Here’s a few other tips you might find helpful: