Bathing Benefits for Mental Health
A lot of people’s mental health has taken a hit in 2020. Coronavirus and lockdown restrictions have meant long periods of isolation and a huge shift in daily habits for many, putting stress onto people who may not have felt it before.
Until the last few years, issues surrounding mental health were not commonly considered, whether that be in the media, at work or just between friends. Luckily, today we as a society have progressed to a more comfortable place where mental health is widely discussed and we have come a long way in understanding what happens when a person is suffering, and what to do to help.
In the UK awareness of the issues surrounding mental health is raised through nationwide initiatives such as Mental Health Awareness Week hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, and globally through the World Health Organisation’s World Mental Health Day which falls on October 10. Awareness days like these are a great chance to open up conversations surrounding the stigma of mental health, and share ways in which to help with those cloudy days that can seem unbearable.
Bathe to Beat Depression
The New Scientist reported on a study that researched ways to relax people who suffered from depression, seeing steady yet persistent results. Splitting the group into two, half of them bathed in 40C water twice a week in the afternoon, and the other half took part in approximately 45-minutes of aerobic exercise – the group who bathed scored (marginally) better on a commonly used depression scale after eight weeks than those who exercised. We do think that a good mixture of both is the best way to beat off the blues though!
Stretch Out Those Limbs
It has been proven time and time again – scientists have found that exercise can help with depression and anxiety through improving sense of self-esteem. This is thought to happen because of hormones that are released (such as endorphins) which positively change our mood. Of course, a swim spa is a great way to get in a daily spurt of exercise to get the blood pumping in a low-impact environment, but in a hot tub there are also benefits of stretching out your muscles and taking advantage of the hot water encouraging your collagen tissue to become more flexible.
That’s right! Having a hot tub or swim spa in your home is the perfect excuse to invite a friend over to spend some time. Having a relaxing soak by yourself is of course, wonderful; but it could be even more beneficial with a friend. Talking things over, having a laugh and enjoying some quality time can reduce the loneliness we can all fall victim to. You never know – your guest may be in need of someone to reach out more than you think…
Reduce Stress and Anxiety
The combination of hot water, massaging jets and the feeling of weightlessness in a hot tub can alleviate tension in your body and in turn your mind, significantly reducing stress and anxiety. A quiet soak can give you time to reconnect with yourself and practice mindfulness in a soothing bubble embrace.
Taking a hot soak in the evening before bed can help you to drift into a deeper sleep. Raising your body temperature and subsequently allowing your body to cool helps your body realise you’ve gone from day to night mode. In today’s climate-controlled lifestyle, this can be a cause of restless nights, leading to fractious moods.
“I am sure there are things that can’t be cured by a good bath, but I can’t think of one”
Sylvia Path, The Bell Jar 1966
If you, or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, didn’t suffer in silence. Speak to someone, reach out to talk things through and try the holistic approach of having a good, long soak.
Prioritise your wellbeing and experiment with what works best for you – you are unique, after all!
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