Do you have a case of the winter blues? With early nights and cold days, it can be particularly hard to be in the middle of winter.
For many of us, the cold, snow, and ice keep us inside and away from the out-of-doors, causing the winter blues.
Yet, being outside and doing something for yourself can really help you jump-start your winter wellness and avoid the winter blues.
In this article, we look at the benefits of using a hot tub in winter. When you do this, you’ll find you feel a little sunnier every day!
It Helps You Beat the Winter Blues
Seasonal Affective Disorder is a real thing. What is it? It’s a malady that strikes many people when fall rolls around and doesn’t go away until the return of spring.
The Mayo Clinic says there are common symptoms for people who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder:
- People feel depressed.
- They have low energy levels.
- People often have a hard time sleeping and, thus, concentrating.
- Their appetite changes.
What causes the winter blues? There are many ideas out there, but a few of the most common theories include the following:
- There is less daylight in the fall and winter, so people’s serotonin levels drop. Serotonin affects feelings of well-being and happiness, so when they drop, you’ve got the winter blues.
- Your biological clock (circadian rhythm) is disrupted. This is due to less sunlight during the day. Ultimately your sleep just isn’t as good.
- People’s melatonin levels may drop. Some experts believe melatonin levels drop with the seasons. This is again a sleep disrupter, leading people to a negative mood.
Hydrotherapy Can Help
While there are numerous benefits of hydrotherapy, research shows that taking a daily soak in hot water can help alleviate Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Hot baths, and thus hot tub soaks, can make people feel better mentally and relieve symptoms of winter depression. When people soak in warm water, their circadian rhythms may improve. This means your body releases more melatonin, and you can sleep better.
Bottom line – do you feel better after a hot tub soak? Most people do. Pleasant, cozy experiences make us feel happier. You get this feeling by soaking alone or with your loved ones. In turn, hot tub soaks make you sleep better, so you wake up refreshed and happy.
Hot Tubs Get You Outside
Most of us spend plenty of time outside in the spring and summer. There’s always so much to do, and the weather allows for it.
Yet, when winter rolls around, we go into hibernation mode.
There is a great option for getting outside in the winter – a daily hot tub soak.
You may know that when you’re outside in nature, you feel better, happier, and less depressed. Your hot tub simply helps you get outside moref and enjoy nature and the benefits of being outdoors.
Well, there you have it. It’s good for you mentally and physically to soak in a hot tub during the winter!
If you’re convinced and would like to explore your options, stop by today. We’d love to help you create the perfect backyard winter (and summer) retreat.
You’re always welcome to schedule a test soak to learn what you like in hydrotherapy. Plus, we’re giving you a free hot tub brochure to get started. Download it today to learn more about your options!