Millions of Americans struggle with the blues during the winter months, a condition brought on by the shorter days, longer nights, and lack of sunlight. Add to this the stress of the holidays and that inevitable self-assessment that takes place every January, and times can be tough. The more severe clinical form of this is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD. Believed to result from the lack of sunlight during the winter months, which in turn lowers the level of serotonin in the brain, this season can be quite a struggle for many.
While SAD should be diagnosed and treated by a professional, if you suffer from generalized winter blues, there are some things that can make it easier while you are waiting for those first flowers of spring to poke their shiny heads out of the snow.
Light therapy can be helpful, and lamps are easily available to use in the home. And there is some evidence that physical activity, particularly aerobic exercise, can boost your mood. In addition, going outside for 30 minutes a day, even if it is cloudy, may be helpful.
Massage has also been suggested to boost the morale, which leads me to this thought, since, well, Family Leisure...wouldn't a hot tub go a long way in lifting spirits during the cold, dark winter?
A hot tub is in a class of its own for melting away the stresses of the day; the warmth, the massaging jets, the sound of bubbling water, the opportunity for private time or socializing with loved ones. Its also an opportunity to spend some time outside, in spite of the temperature. If you've never hot-tubbed in the dead of winter, steaming like a happy lobster while all around the air is crisp and cold, well, you should.
Something like this two person spa by American Select Spas would be ideal for anyone who just wants to relax and maybe, once in a while, have some company. The two loungers offer enough room to stretch out and enjoy neck to feet hydrotherapy massage while listening to some soothing music on the music ssystem and enjoying the multi-colored undercover lights.
The Santiago by Artisan is perfect if you'd like to have a hot tub with the convenience of a 110v connection. Plug it into a regular 110 outlet and sit back in the lounger and enjoy your back, leg, and foot massage. Upgrade with lighting systems, waterfall features and a stereo.
Whether or not you need a little help emotionally navigating the winter season, having a hot tub is still a great idea. Everyone needs a spot to relax, where the stress and anxiety of the day can melt away in blissfully warm water. Lighten up and brighten with a hot tub from Family Leisure. Check out our full line up of spas and hot tubs!
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