Updated: Jul 8, 2022
In this post, I want to continue the previous weeks' posts on the benefit of taking a few minutes to yourself to see if a small nonmedicinal form of heat therapy might be soothing to your soul.
I'm a day late in posting this week’s Self Care Sunday post, but yesterday was my birthday (yay!) and I was thrilled to take some time to enjoy the sunshine and much needed time with my family.
I didn't want this week's self-care post to get missed so I am posting it today.
One of my all-time favorite things is WATER! Funny, because I don't mean to drink, which I know, I know– I need to get better at drinking enough water each day (that’s a topic for another post, another time though). But I feel at peace around all kinds of bodies of water, the shower, a pool, and right now, my favorite--a hot tub. Even the changing colors at night are relaxing and easy on the eyes--100% soothing.
I have a love for hot water (although we will feature the benefits of cold-water therapy in later posts) and when it comes to a refreshing shower, the hotter the better. I think this is what fuels my love for hot tubs.
Anyway, if you have access to a hot tub at a family member's, friend's or neighbor's home, I would highly suggest taking some time to relax and take it in. We haven't taken the plunge in getting our own yet, but I'm lucky enough to live about 1 mile from my parents house and can pop over whenever I need to.
If you are able to have the space and finances to get your own, I've heard good things about those inflatable portable ones. This would be good also, if you want to test the waters (pun intended) before you commit to a more permanent type.
This is the one (Amazon affiliate link) we have had our eye on recently and as of the writing of this article, it is almost 50% off--I think it's time to take the plunge on this one asap!
Or if space is of the issue and you need something a bit smaller, this (Amazon Affiliate link) 2-3 person one looks great as well.
Even 5 minutes sitting in the hot water can relax muscles, steam your face while you are sitting there, help soften and moisturize your skin, and even help your blood flow more and come to the surface.
Full disclaimer, there is a happy medium to heat therapy though and you should aim to spend less than 15 minutes at a time in there. You don’t want to counter all those benefits by putting too much stress on your heart. 10 minutes would be a perfect amount of time to reap the benefits of it!
So give it a try and let me know if you are a fan of heat therapy like I am.
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