Ask any student and they’ll tell you that study stress is all too real. Heavy workloads, the pressure to do well, a schedule packed with activity, peer competition, inadequate sleep … these are just a few of the reasons your student might be even more stressed than you are! In a study by the American Psychological Association, they found that teenagers report stress levels that are comparable to the stress levels that adults report. Here’s some good news: stress relief is right outside the back door! That’s right, your family ,,hot tub can help students cope with study stress.
Hot Tub Benefits are More Than Just Skin Deep
Hydrotherapy, AKA sinking into a warm, bubbly hot tub, has some serious stress-relieving powers. There are the obvious things, like the way a hot tub provides a quiet retreat where it’s easy to relax and unwind, but it’s more than that. First, hydrotherapy counters stress’ attack on the sympathetic nervous system. Being immersed in warm water causes your body to release endorphins (the “feel-good” chemical), plus it lowers cortisol levels (the stress hormone).
Next, hydrotherapy goes to work on all the physical symptoms related to stress. It promotes better sleep, an important factor in managing stress. It relaxes the body and eases any aches or pains. Additionally, hot tub hydrotherapy has been shown to improve mental wellness — relieving anxiety and depression. Both of these symptoms of study stress can be improved by regularly using a hot tub.
The great thing about hot tub benefits is that they are for everyone! So you and your student get the same physical, mental, and emotional benefits that come from hot tub hydrotherapy. Add to that, hot tub soaks are enjoyable. This won’t be an activity you’ll have to cajole your student to participate in. She’ll look forward to using the hot tub as much as you do! As a bonus, you may even be able to join your student sometimes in a family soak and get to have a little extra time together.