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Tommy Williamson

How Saunas Can Help with Your Mental Health

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Tommy Williamson, (2021, January 5). How Saunas Can Help with Your Mental Health. Psychreg on Health Psychology. https://www.psychreg.org/saunas-help-mental-health/
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Life is crazy, it gets hectic and busy, and days just seem to pass by in a blur and this is why it is important to take care of yourself. Often you can overlook just how important downtime actually is. With this in mind, it is so important to look after our bodies as well as our mental health. It is very easy to get carried away with everyday life and to put looking after yourself at the bottom of the list, but this needs to change, and it needs to change right now. You need to start putting your mental health and well-being at the forefront of everything you do. Working yourself into the ground is no good. If you are in a good place mentally then you are strong, prepared to take on, tackle, and subsequently handle anything that the day (or life in general) throws at you.

Eating well, ensuring you get your daily fruit and vegetable intake is important, so is taking part in regular exercise, and of course, drinking at least 8 glasses of water, but, what do you actually do to look after your mental health? Do you take a daily walk, have a bath, read a book, turn off the phone, or get some extra sleep? Do you do all of these and more? Have you thought about trying something new, what about buying a sauna for your home and seeing just how this could positively affect your mental health and well-being? 

Getting time to yourself can be tricky, especially if you have a family, it can be draining if you don’t get any time to yourself, and this is why it is important to carve out time for yourself, as and when you can. Having a sauna in your home has never been easier and thanks to experts like naturopress.com.au it is affordable and realistic. Having a home sauna saves you time, stress, and the hassle involved of actually having to go out to the gym or spa to use theirs. A home sauna means you can have a spa day anytime you like.

Investing in a sauna for your home means you can take time out of your day to regroup as and when you need to. Saunas are known to be one of the ultimate places of relaxation, peace, and quiet, so what could possibly be better. Whether you get a larger three-person sauna or smaller individual sauna one thing that is guaranteed is that you will have no trouble unwinding and grabbing back some of that all-important well deserved time.

Advantages for your mental health

They are fantastic at easing and minimising depression

Getting some time to enjoy infrared lighting and heat can help relieve depression especially in those colder and darker winter months when you might not see the sun as much, or benefit from its warmth.

Ease boredom

If you are stuck for something to do then you can use your sauna. Having just one short session can relieve boredom. It will give you something to look forward to.

Ease pain and discomfort

Sauna time can help to relieve pain. If you are experiencing any type of pain or discomfort it is very easy to feel down and get down. If you have a sauna you can sit in, then you can literally just ease your pain away with the blissful warmth it provides.

Disconnect – have some tech-free time

Back far away from technology and unwind. Unless your sauna has a media entertainment system then phones, tablets, and laptops are a no-go, which is great. Getting time away from social media and constant information and news, and really disconnecting will help you feel better in no time at all. Saunas provide distraction-free bliss. You can have time to yourself where you can focus on anything you like or nothing at all. 

Relieve built-up stress and tension

These things will have been weighing you down, slowly grinding you down by the day. Feel the stress literally dropping off your shoulders as you sweat and relax away your stresses, care, and worries with the power or dry heat.

Taking into account all of the benefits you can get from a sauna definitely outweighs the initial purchase cost. Investing in a sauna will give you many hours of pure bliss and relaxation and will leave you wondering why you didn’t get one installed sooner.


Tommy Williamson did his degree in psychology at the University of Edinburgh. He has an ongoing interest in mental health and well-being.


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