"Stress is our perception of what's happening outside of us and the power we give it," says Lauren E. Miller, author and stress expert.
I was especially thankful for my hot tub – and my husband – this week. Back from a peaceful, restorative, and internet-free mountain retreat, I returned to work donning an invisible super-woman cape and an “I can do it all” attitude. By mid-week, those magic powers waned against the forces of too many deadlines and to-do lists. My super sweet husband rescued me on Wednesday with a healthy dinner—grilled salmon, yum!—and a pre-bedtime hot tub retreat. That did the trick; I returned to work renewed and ready to tackle the rest of the week.
It’s no secret that relaxing in a hot tub helps relieve the symptoms of stress: People have celebrated the benefits of hydrotherapy—or soaking in warm water—for centuries. The trick is to make space in your life to do it often. According to Dr. Bruce Becker of Washington State University, 20 minutes or so of sitting in a 102F degree hot tub produces changes to the autonomic nervous system on par with other stress and anxiety reducing activities—like exercise. Dr. Becker says regular hot tubbing even has a positive effect on problem solving, so that’s one giant reason for me to get in the spa more often.
Here are three more super quick stress busting tips I use to manage my stress:
What are your stress-busting tips? Share below!