Blue Monday

Mental health is no joke.

Monday 20th January 2020 is labelled by some as the most depressing day of the year.

“Blue Monday”

Why Blue?  For us blue is not the colour of depression.  It’s the colour of the sky (or the colour we would like the sky to be in Wales), and the colour of the ocean.  It’s the colour we associate with water.  Water, surely the most essential and healing of the elements.

Bathing in warm water has been shown by several studies to be particularly helpful in helping to create a substantial, and sometimes immediate improvement in mood and feelings of well-being.  Why is this so?  Submerging into warm, supportive water can sooth and settle the most stressed of bodies – and as aching joints and tense muscles let go of tension and relax the mind will often follow.  Combining aromatherapy salts can enhance the effect even more.  The beneficial effects on well-being continue after a soak – the same study found that participants enjoyed improved sleep quality and better mood the following day, as disturbed sleep is a mechanism that often contributes to depression.

The great news is that the extensive improvements in wellbeing from using a hot tub are accessible to all – particularly those who may have difficulty exercising.  Injuries, age and most health conditions* provide no barrier to using a hot tub.

It’s no coincidence that one of our most popular models of hot tub is called the “Glee”.  Compact and affordable, it will fit most budgets and into the tightest of garden spaces.

Depression doesn’t care what day of the year it is, it is an unwelcome guest that can visit at any time.  Installing your own hot tub could be just what you need to speed the departure of that visitor and allow happier thoughts to take up a more permanent residence.

*Consult your GP before using a hot tub, particularly if you are unsure.  It is not recommended that you use a hot tub if you are pregnant.

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