Mental Health Benefits of a Hot Tub

Mental Health Benefits of a Hot Tub

It’s no secret that when you feel good, you look good. Over time, we have seen that mental and physiological health are closely connected. But how do we get to this point of feeling good? A Beachcomber hot tub can help solve that problem!

Try soaking in your hot tub for 15-30 minutes daily for the following mental health benefits:

1) Relief from physical symptoms

Whether your ailment is post-workout muscle soreness or advanced arthritis, physical pain will undermine your mental energy. While your body is healing in the warmth of your hot tub, your mind will be freed from thoughts of anxiety. Use this opportunity to practice letting go of other mentally draining thoughts, such as work worries or routine responsibilities, and focus on indulging in the solitude of your backyard oasis.  

2) Balance in hormones

Studies have shown that soaking in hot water results in a combination of increased blood flow and relaxed breathing, which in turn causes an increase in levels of “happy” hormones like serotonin and dopamine and a decrease in “stress” hormones like cortisol and epinephrine. This balance in hormones can help to treat the emotional and physical symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression.  

3) Deeper sleep

The heat of hot tub water naturally raises your core body temperature. As you exit, your body temperature will enter a cooling period. This process mimics the pattern of body temperature changes before and during sleep, which ultimately helps you achieve a deeper sleep. And improved sleep is one of the best weapons you can have to combat stress on an ongoing basis.  

4) Meditation opportunities

If you’ve ever wished you could master clearing your mind and achieving perfect serenity, your hot tub is the perfect place to practice meditation. You can use aromatherapy candles (in soothing scents of lavender or vanilla), and play calming nature sounds to help distract you from racing thoughts. Practice taking slow deep belly breaths as you focus on the warm water enveloping your body and the strains of the music if you choose to use it. Begin with a goal of 4-5 minutes of consistent focus, and slowly work your way up to sessions of 15 minutes. Eventually, you’ll be able to harness the calmness and clarity that you can achieve here and call upon it to manage your routine daily stressors better.