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If times of stress leave you coiled in knots of tension, a soothing soak in a hot tub may benefit more than your sore muscles. That’s because new research is proving what folk wisdom has claimed all along—warm water is one of the best stress relievers there is.
Soaking in a hot tub reduces stress and anxiety and relaxes your body and mind. In addition to the soothing atmosphere that often surrounds backyard spas, warm water also offers physiological benefits, allowing you to destress and potentially improve your health at the same time. Immersion in warm water raises your body’s internal temperature. This causes dilated blood vessels, which improves circulation and crates the optimum environment in the body for relaxation.
Outfit your stress-relieving backyard with a workhorse of a hot tub. Ideally, you’ll retreat to this calming spa every day, so you’ll want a tub that’s built to last. Hot tubs range in quality (and price) from bargain box models to top-of-the-line editions lavishly equipped with luxury features. Keeping your budget in mind, buy a well-insulated hot tub that boasts powerful jets. That way, you’ll have the ingredients necessary for warm soothing soaks that release muscle tension, even when snow swirls around you.
To create an optimal stress-relieving environment for your spa therapy, you’ll want to jazz up your hot tub with a few accessories. Surround your hot tub with natural landscaping, including plenty of greenery. Simply spending time in nature decreases stress levels, so when you combine a fragrant landscape with soothing hot water, you have a recipe for ultimate relaxation.
To reduce stress, target all your senses with relaxation. Fragrant plants will delight your nose, but set a few scented candles flickering around your hot tub for added effect. Floating candles or colored lights encourage your eyes to relax. To immerse your ears in relaxing sound, add a few lightly tinkling windchimes to your outdoor landscape or add a Bluetooth speaker to pump in soothing tunes. And for your sense of taste, keep bottles of cool water and light snacks—such as luscious fresh fruit—handy for hot tub snacking.
Hot water may have even helped save the free world. Legend holds that Sir Winston Churchill dictated speeches, book manuscripts, and correspondence to his secretary while he sat in a tub of warm water. We can’t recommend conducting business from your hot tub, but we can all take a page from Churchill’s book and implement hot water soaks into our daily routine.
Your stress-reducing soaks may not save the free world, but they can affect your interactions with friends and family. Simply soaking for 20 minutes per day may give you the down-time you need to present a refreshed face to the world, complete with more patience for the stresses and irritations of daily life.← Back To Health Benefits