How Hot Tubs Can Help Your Mental Health

Spending as little as 15 minutes in your hot tub has been proven to have a whole host of physical and psychological benefits. 

Hot tubs improve circulation and speed up the body’s natural healing process through the use of hydrotherapy, which relaxes the muscles and relieves pressure on the nerves. 

So what are the benefits of having a hot tub?

Soaking in a hot tub balances your hormones, reduces stress and anxiety, enhances sleep and eases a range of physical symptoms. 

Balance Your Hormones

Did you know that your “Happy Hormones” are released when you relax in a hot tub? Spending time in a hot tub increases your blood flow and relaxes breathing, which results in an increase of serotonin and dopamine in your body while decreasing the cortisol and epinephrine levels. This hormone re-balance is helpful in fighting off stress, anxiety and depression. 

Research has shown that soaking in a hot tub is a better mood booster than a workout, ditch the sweat and 30-minute run, and jump in your hot tub instead! 

Reduces Stress

Hot tubs are one of the best natural ways to reduce stress. Your mental wellbeing should be one of your main priorities, especially in the current circumstances. Life is a lot busier and more stressful than ever before, there is always something that needs to be completed, but it is so important to slow down and stop for your own sanity.  

The sound and motion of the swirling water aids relaxation and reduces anxiety. Leave your stress outside, and hop in the hot tub, for some “me time”. 

Enhances Sleep

8-10 hours sleep is the recommended amount for optimum health, but with the stress of everyday life, and the never-ending to-do list, this goal often seems un-achievable. However, hot tubs improve your quality of sleep and make it easier for you to fall asleep. 

Research has shown that regularly increasing a human’s body temperature, improves one’s cardiac rhythm, which improves the quality of sleep and heart health. 

Disrupted sleep is detrimental for both your physical and mental health. Improved sleep is one of the best weapons you can have to combat stress and help your mental health. 

Ease Physical Symptoms 

Respiratory health 

Steam helps to open breathing passages in sinuses and lungs to aid respiratory health, if you have a cold, a hot tub can be your friend. 

Cardiovascular health

According to Bruce Becker, immersing yourself up to your neck gives you a cardiac workout, as it puts pressure on your body and makes your body work harder. Hot tubs increase your heart rate but lower your blood pressure. 

Relieve arthritis and joint pain

Water buoyancy and temperature can relieve arthritis, aches and pains. Water buoyancy relaxes muscles, while water temperature decreases tension and improves flexibility. If you have any aches and pains, soaking in a hot tub will make you feel a lot better. 


Hot tubs help to dilate your blood vessels. By dilating your blood vessels, it can decrease pressure to your head, which helps eliminate headaches. This makes you feel more relaxed and results in a better night’s sleep. 

Grab a glass of bubbly, put on some calming music and relax. 


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