When the temperatures turn cold and the sun hides its beautiful, glowing face, it can be hard for many people to live a happy, healthy life. This is especially true of people living in northern states, where the shortage of daylight can directly affect feelings of wellbeing. The effect of this down time can even last beyond the winter holidays and on into the new year, leaving up to 10% of the population with severe symptoms. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) — a.k.a. “the winter blues” — is a real phenomenon. People from all walks of life struggle with it every year. However, hot tubs can help in the quest for mental wellness.
What Exactly is SAD?
At The Pool People, we do not want you to feel limited by Seasonal Affective Disorder. That’s why we carry the very best in hydrotherapy options to help you beat the winter blues. According to the Mayo Clinic, some SAD* symptoms include:
- Feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day
- Having low energy
- Having problems sleeping
- Experiencing changes in your appetite or weight
- Feeling sluggish or agitated
- Having difficulty concentrating
There is support for these struggles. Consider adding hot tub hydrotherapy to your SAD treatment routine. Hot tubs can be exceptional assets used in the treatment of several of the symptoms associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Can a Hot Tub Really Help With the Winter Blues?
Hot tubs are powerful hydrotherapy tools. The combination of warm, soothing water and pulsating jets will calm your mind and body. Taking an evening soak before bed will help you relax and sleep better. With better sleep, your energy won’t be as low the next day. Plus, the warm water will trigger endorphins to release in your brain — just like during exercise — improving your mood and overall cognitive function. This, in turn, will prevent you from feeling sluggish and agitated, and will improve concentration. Stress also causes aches and sore muscles, so jets are wonderful at massaging away the pain.
If the winter blues have got you down, consider transforming your backyard into a personal, private retreat. Having a space to breathe and unwind when you are depressed is at times more than a luxury; it’s a necessity. A hot tub can provide that. The hot tub brands we carry, like Artesian Spas and Strong Spas, were specially designed to give more than just comfort. They wonderfully benefit your health and wellness, too.
We want to help you overcome the winter blues. Stop by The Pool People today to check out our hot tubs, or contact us to schedule a test soak. We are here for you in your quest for winter wellness.
*If you are feeling extreme hopelessness, guilt and/or depression paired with suicidal thoughts, you don’t have to go through it alone. Consult your doctor immediately if you are struggling deeply with SAD.