Natural Stress Relief
The key to maximizing relaxation and minimizing stress is to learn to quiet your mind. Easy ways to relieve stress can be found in a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub.
A majority of workers spend five full weeks a year dealing with distractions such as alerts, messages and other screen-based disruptions, affecting the brain’s ability to focus. However, a soothing environment can help your mind replenish and process information. A hot tub can help you relax, unwind and find relief from stress.
Relax the Physical to Soothe the Mental
The physical benefits of relaxing in a hot tub are key to finding ways to relieve stress naturally. Immersing yourself in a hot tub for even 10 minutes:
- Expands blood vessels
- Improves circulation
- Reduces pain
- Stimulates production of calming endorphins
- Increases circulation to alleviate tension
- Directly soothes tightness in the muscles
- Calms and quiets the mind
The key to maximizing relaxation and minimizing stress is to learn to quiet your mind. Easy ways to help you turn off the noise include closing your eyes, concentrating on deep, even breaths and focusing on smiling.
To maximize the effects of your spa, create a routine that lets your body and your mind know that it is time to relax, such as dimming the lights prior to a specific hot tub time each night.
Destressing During the Work Day
As much as you may want to, you can’t be in your hot tub 24/7. You need to develop strategies to release tension and stress from your body between soaks. Follow these simple do-at-your-desk tips to deal with distractions and release stress during the work day:
- Picture yourself happy. Take a five-minute break from the computer screen to visualize yourself in your happy place, whether it’s the golf course, a tropical beachfront, or your backyard hot tub. Close your eyes and engage as many senses as possible for a refreshing mini vacation.
- Take a deep breath. In fact, take a couple. According to a Harvard study, deep breathing encourages full oxygen exchange, which results in a slower heart rate and lower blood pressure.
- Massage your ears. No, really. Studies show that gently rubbing your ears, known as auricular acupuncture, can be a quick stress reliever. Massaging the middle of the upper third of your ear (known as the Shen Men point) not only releases stress, but can be an energy booster as well.
- Squeeze a stress ball. Release the tension in your body by squeezing something in your hand. The nerves of the hand are connected to the brain’s limbic region, which controls emotions. According to University Hospitals, Cleveland, squeezing a stress ball can even be effective in lowering blood pressure. Just be sure to hold the squeeze for a full 90 seconds.
After a particularly stressful day, shut down completely. That means no smartphone or laptop, not even TV. Instead, spend a screen-free evening with family or friends relaxing in your Jacuzzi® hot tub. That way, you’ll be relaxed and prepared to take on the world–and your office–the next morning.