How Hot Tubs Alleviate the Winter Blues and SAD
Whether you’re suffering from a case of the winter blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a personal spa might be the ideal cure. Here’s how taking a soak in the bubbling water of your hot tub will help to boost your mood, even on the coldest days.
What is SAD?
Every winter, countless individuals will experience a negative mood shift as the temperatures drop and the amount of daylight decreases. This phenomenon, which is often referred to as the “winter blues,” typically doesn’t impact a person’s ability to enjoy life. However, if someone finds that their symptoms are beginning to cause them severe distress, they might actually be suffering from a depressive disorder called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It can involve feelings of depression and anxiety, a change in sleeping patterns, the loss of interest in one’s favorite hobbies, and in some cases, suicidal thoughts.
The Power of Endorphins
During the winter months, the decrease in sunlight can wreak havoc on our endorphin levels and cause us to feel depressed. Fortunately, your hot tub is here to save the day! Research shows that soaking in a warm pool of water will encourage your body to release endorphins, also known as the “feel-good” chemicals, and this can improve your mood and regulate your sleep patterns. According to Dr. Bobby Buka who is a dermatologist based in New York, “Your skin releases endorphins in response to the soothing warm water the same way that endorphins are released when you feel the sun on your skin.” If you ever feel your mood dropping, take a relaxing dip in your spa, and in no time, you’ll start to feel better.
A Cozy Way to Experience the Outdoors
Whether you’ve lived in Wisconsin for a month or 50 years, it’s impossible to deny that the winters here can be tough. Back in 1996, we had our coldest day on record and it clocked in at 55 degrees below zero, so we’re no strangers to extreme weather conditions. Because of this, it’s all too common for people to stay indoors for months at a time, covered in layers of blankets while next to the fire. While this is undeniably cozy, it can result in negative emotional changes caused by a lack of sunshine. Luckily, your hot tub is the perfect solution for spending quality time outdoors, while staying warm and comfortable. In addition to the increased sunlight, listening to the soothing sounds of the outdoors can help to reduce feelings of depression, anxiety, and stress.
Brighten Your Winter With Your Dream Hot Tub
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