VISTA, Calif., APRIL 7, 2014 – National Stress Awareness Month has arrived, providing a necessary opportunity to evaluate the health impacts of stress, and tools for managing that stress. In the U.S., stress has become such a major problem the Federal Occupational Health agency, part of the Health & Human Services Department, raises awareness for the issue through a marketing campaign called “Take Time to Unwind…”

The maleficent impacts of stress are many and insidious. Among them, according to WebMD, are:

  • Accelerated aging
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Asthma
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Headaches
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Premature death

As harmful as stress can be, it can also be managed by numerous non-medical alternatives. Hot Spring®, the only brand to sell more than one million spas, is a firm believer in wellness and the benefits of stress relief that come from spending time in warm water. Many Hot Spring customers benefit from its line of premium spas, including Rebecca, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), who relies on her hot tub to relieve stress. Watch the video here: Rebecca De-Stress Video.

In addition to hot water therapy and hydromassage, consider the tips below to help manage bouts of stress.

Breathing Techniques

The American Institute of Stress offers insights into various breathing techniques. The “Quieting Response,”Sudarshan,” aka “SKY,” and even Teddy Bear Breathing for children are described on the website.

Massage

The powerful jets of a personal hot tub are one massage option. Traditional massage, shiatsu, stone massage or another variation can all relax the body and de-stress the mind. Regular Meditation The benefits of regular meditation are many, including relaxation, invigoration and identification of priorities. Studies, including a series of MRIs conducted by Massachusetts General Hospital, indicate that meditation has positive impacts on the brain, including “a decrease in the amount of gray matter in the area associated with stress and anxiety.”

Focus on the Moment

Suggested by WebMD: “When you’re stressed, you’re probably living in the future or the past. You’re worried about what to do next or regretful about something you’ve already done. To get some stress relief, instead try focusing on what you’re doing right now.”

Alternative Approaches

Other options that may work for some people include hypnotherapy, aromatherapy and acupuncture, to name a few.

Develop and Stick to a Plan

Prepare a preset plan including identification of occasions when stress levels typically rise, as well as the active countermeasures to be taken to manage that stress. A plan provides a critical starting point and way to assess what relaxation techniques work best.

“We all have stress in our lives, many too much stress, so it’s absolutely necessary to find proactive ways to deal with it,” stated Kacy Rivers, Hot Spring brand manager. “Our exceptional hot tubs are designed for self-care and work as a great stress reliever. It’s also good to have other tools and techniques at your disposal when hot tubbing just isn’t feasible.”

Hot Spring spas with advanced options, including the ACE Salt Water hot tub sanitizing solution, are sold through a national network of independent dealers. To learn more about Hot Spring hot tubs, visit http://www.hotspring.com. Read hot tub reviews and some of the best hot tub experiences from Hot Spring owners here: Hot Spring Reviews.

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About Hot Spring

Hot Spring Spas is the world’s leading brand of hot tubs and is sold through a network of more than 700 independent dealers throughout North America and 70 countries around the world. Hot Spring Spas provide customers with the highest level of quality, innovation, energy-efficiency and customer support. Hot Spring Spas are manufactured by Watkins Manufacturing Corporation, a division of Masco Corporation, a Fortune 500 company whose products include such trusted brands as Delta® faucets, KraftMaid® cabinets and Behr® paints. Visit HotSpring.com for more information and dealer locations.