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New Year’s Resolutions to Help You Reduce Stress

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Are you feeling a little stressed?

If 2020 was stressful for you, it may be in your favour to set some goals or resolutions to help improve how you feel, both mentally and physically. By making a few simple changes to your routine and lifestyle, you may find that your stress levels decrease, and you feel happier, and healthier, overall. In this article, we’re going to explore five New Year’s resolutions to help you reduce stress.

Relax with Hydrotherapy

The key to stress relief is finding an activity, hobby or pastime that helps you relax. Many find that spending time in their hot tub helps them to relax, not only in the moment, but long after they exit the water. This is due to a water-based therapeutic technique known as hydrotherapy. During a hydrotherapy session, the buoyancy, temperature and massaging-action of the water all work together to help your body relax, ease tension and improve circulation. These benefits of hydrotherapy can all contribute to stress relief.

To use hot tub hydrotherapy as a tool to combat your stress, we suggest soaking in the water every day for at least 20-30 minutes. If you don’t have time every day, a few times a week will suffice.

Exercise in the Swim Spa

Have you ever heard a person say that they feel incredible after a workout? While this feeling of euphoria can be attributed to many factors, the release of endorphins is one that can have a positive impact on both your physical and mental health. Endorphins are also known as the “feel good” chemicals, because that is exactly what they do, they help you to feel good! Exercise and the regular release of endorphins can help you to combat stress, not to mention improve your health in other areas as well.

The beauty of exercising in a swim spa is the benefits that the water can offer you. The buoyancy of the water helps to lift pressure and weight from your body, resulting in a more comfortable workout, especially for those who suffer from a physical condition like arthritis or are recovering from a physical injury. Top that off with the heat of the water and massage from the jets, and you are in for one of the most enjoyable workouts of your life!

Working out in a swim spa isn’t just enjoyable, but it’s also effective! The water provides more resistance for your body to work against than the air does on dry land. Have you ever noticed that your body moves slower in the water? That’s the resistance of the water hard at work. As you complete each exercise and movement, your body has to work much harder than it does on dry land, resulting in a higher calorie burn and better overall workout.

Entertain in the Sauna

Many find that their stress is connected to a busy and overwhelming lifestyle. Those who rush home from work to clean the house, care for their children and then work some more, have little free time to spend on themselves and participate in hobbies or fun activities. With the addition of a sauna, you can carve out some time from your busy schedule to relax, and ultimately, reduce your stress. It isn’t recommended to sit in a sauna for more than 15-20 minutes at a time, depending on your health and tolerance, so you may find it easier to set aside time for the sauna than other time-consuming activities.

The beauty of having an indoor sauna installation is the versatility and privacy that it can offer you. Installed in most basements and wellness areas, saunas are often in a private setting, which can help you to separate yourself from your busy lifestyle and even your stressors. Once in the sauna, you’re provided with an opportunity to engage in some of your favourite pastimes. Read a few pages of your new book, queue up a soothing playlist or watch an episode of your latest binge-worthy show to keep yourself entertained.

Say No

Do you feel overcommitted, overwhelmed or as though you have no free time for yourself? If you have a hard time saying no to certain engagements or commitments, this may be a cause of your stress. Everyone needs some time to relax, decompress and recharge. It’s easy to feel burnt out, resentful and even discouraged when you are constantly committed to other people.

In 2021, try saying “no” when asked to commit your time or to a responsibility that could cut into your time for yourself. This is a method of self-care that many find effective to reduce their stress.

Sundance Spas of Edmonton

Did you find the information in this article helpful? Visit our blog and online resource centre for more information about hot tubs, swim spas and saunas. To get started with your very own hot tub or sauna, visit our Edmonton dealership today, where one of our experienced and knowledgeable experts would be more than happy to assist you. We have some of the best hot tubs and hot tub accessories available, ranging from 6-person-hot tubs to smaller units that can accommodate up to three people comfortably.

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