In a busy world, we don’t always think about our personal wellness as much as we should. In addition to work and family responsibilities, we often find ourselves bogged down in a blizzard of personal alerts and messages thanks to technology. It can be overwhelming and take a toll on our overall well-being.
While the words personal wellness may conjure images of exercise routines, salad plates, and cleanses, sometimes the best thing you can do to feel less pressured is nothing. When you unplug, unwind, and simply relax, you can free yourself from distraction, reduce anxiety, and calm your mind. After all, the mental aspect of wellness is every bit as important as the physical.
When you have a home hot tub, taking time every morning or evening to relax and to recharge your mind while relieving physical tension can help you welcome or end each day as a wonderful experience to be enjoyed—not as an obstacle course to be completed. Your hot tub can be your own private retreat in the evening, too—a warm, safe place in which you can enjoy a soothing jet massage, uncoil from life’s demands, and reflect on all that’s positive.
Improving your well-being and day-to-day outlook doesn’t have to be exerting. Here are a few tips for using your hot tub to improve your personal wellness.
PERSONAL WELLNESS TIP 1: USE YOUR HOT TUB REGULARLY
Healthy daily habits can form a solid wellness foundation. When you make a hot tub soak a part of your daily routine, you can reap the therapeutic benefits of warm water immersion. In addition to helping you relax, the heat and buoyancy of spa water combined with a jet massage offers the following physical advantages:
- Heat. Warm water dilates blood vessels, improving blood flow and allowing oxygen and nutrients to quickly reach your muscles. This replenishment is especially crucial after a hard workout.
- Buoyancy. Floating in the warm water of your spa takes the weight off your tired muscles and joints, allowing you to experience relief from the normal force of gravity.
- Massage. The water pressure of a jet massage kneads major muscle groups and helps to reduce swelling and compress muscles to relieve fatigue.
Taking even small steps to improve well-being, including a brief hot tub soak on a regular basis, can help alleviate some physical discomfort, relieve anxiety, and prevent stress from building up, which can have negative effects on your emotional health. So, daily relief can act as anxiety inoculation and help you begin or end each day with a fresh state of mind.
PERSONAL WELLNESS TIP 2: LEAVE YOUR PHONE IN THE HOUSE
Technology sure does make our lives easier, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the devices we own benefit our overall well-being. As a communication device, your smartphone is your connection to work, family, and friends. Yet, inasmuch as you rely on it to simplify your life, it demands your attention. If you’ve ever gone out and accidentally left your phone at home, you’ve probably felt its tug. Perhaps you even returned home to retrieve it. When overused, technology can be associated with health problems.
To prevent your smartphone from getting in the way of good health, leave it in the house when you soak. Or turn it on Do Not Disturb and use it only for streaming music through a Bluetooth® audio system. The separation from texts, calls, and social media will allow you to focus on relaxation as the hot water soothes your body and mind and the massage jets work to release tension. A little time away from your phone and other devices can have a positive effect on your outlook and personal wellness.
PERSONAL WELLNESS TIP 3: LISTEN TO THE SOUNDS OF THE WATER
If you live in the city, you have to contend with more noise than those who live in the suburbs. The peace and quiet you rely on after a long, stressful day might be interrupted often by the din of street conversation, heavy traffic and trucks rumbling by, or even jets flying overhead. Unwelcome noise can add to feelings of anxiety. But even urban dwellers can find tranquility in a hot tub.
When you turn on your spa’s massaging jets to help reduce pain and work out the tension in your calves, thighs, lower back, and shoulders, you also activate an effective white noise generator. The result cancels out irritating city noises that could otherwise disrupt your quiet time. It better complements the more peaceful sounds of nature around you.
Alternatively, many hot tub manufacturers offer a variety of entertainment system options. Hot Spring® spa optional accessories include a wireless Bluetooth® audio system and a 22” HD monitor. You can listen to your favorite podcasts and playlists in your spa or catch up on a TV series as you relax.
PERSONAL WELLNESS TIP 4: SOAK BEFORE YOU SLEEP
After a long day, nothing’s more satisfying than a good night’s sleep. But not everyone sleeps well. Seventy percent of adults in the United States report not getting the rest they need. If you’re kept awake by worries or aches and pains, you likely crave a way to help you sleep better.
A home hot tub can help. A short soak about an hour before bed can help relax your body and prepare your mind for a satisfying sleep. As you soak in the warm water of your spa, your body temperature rises. When you get out of the spa, your body temperature drops, signaling the brain that it’s time for sleep.
Improving personal wellness by making a hot tub a part of your daily routine is a simple way to reduce stress and feel good physically and mentally. By using your spa regularly, you’ll reap all of the benefits of a hot tub lifestyle and experience greater feelings of contentment.