Heat makes your brain happy
If you’re feeling down, out of sorts, or just not yourself, you’re certainly not alone.
Since early 2020, 4 in 10 of us are reporting feelings of anxiety and depression.
But the real number is likely much higher. Even though we’ve made great strides to acknowledge the importance of self-care and mental health, people often don’t say anything when they’re suffering.
We’re largely a nation that tells you to "suck it up."
This has to stop.
Mental health is critical to your overall well-being. Paying attention to how you feel, and taking steps to address toxic feelings, not only gives you a chance to do something about it, but it can also improve your physical health too.
You can’t help others and be truly present if you don’t help yourself first.
And a powerful way to treat both your body and your mind is with heat therapy.
First, regular infrared sauna treatments relieve symptoms of depression. And it doesn’t just work in the moment, as you sit back, work up a sweat and relax.
The effect lasts long after the session is over.
By raising your core temperature, you activate “feel good” hormones like serotonin. Which actually can change how your brain functions, for the better.
Beyond the physical changes you experience with the sauna, there are benefits from the experience itself. Wrapping yourself in heat and lying down gives you a quiet time to reflect and find peace. This feels good, yes. But it also reduces inflammation and the stress-related chemicals that impact your mood for the worse.
When you lie back, breathe deep and take a moment to experience heat therapy, it can be powerfully calming. It’s the perfect antidote to our fast-paced world.
A single infrared sauna treatment can potentially reduce symptoms of depression by as much as half. Do it regularly, and you’ll often enjoy more focus, clarity, and an increased ability to deal with stressors in the moment.
You can’t fully sidestep stress. But take it from me, you can find a sanctuary and a warm, inviting escape. To beat back anxiety, reduce pain and stiffness, and help you enjoy a great night’s sleep as well.
If you’ve never experienced sauna for yourself, I recommend this easy way to start.