How Saunas Can Help You Alleviate The Burdens of Stress and Anxiety


Some studies indicate the excellent benefits of sauna bathings in our bodies. It's becoming popular now since it is proven to be effective in treating some health issues and psychological problems. Sauna helps people with a bronchial problem, reduces hypertension and heart disease, and has calming effects in your nervous system. Read on to learn more about how saunas are said to help in alleviating stress and anxiety.

Positive Effects in Your Serotonin

Serotonin is the chemical nerve cells produce, also called the "happiness hormone". Its function is to send a signal between cells. It similarly regulates moods, happiness, and anxiety. A low level of serotonin in the brain may cause depression, anxiety, and even lack of sleep. But with a regular sauna session, it can be prevented since it is determined that the immense heat of a sauna can boost the release of this called happiness hormone in the blood circulation.

It Improves Your Mood

Saunas are beneficial in emotional aspects. In researching infrared saunas, it shows that it calms your mind and body, thus relieving you of stress. A study published in "Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice " asked the people of their anxiety and mood state after the sauna session and confirmed that some related factors had improved tremendously. They are confusion, fatigue, vigor, anxiety, dejection, depression, hostility, and anger. When your body reacts to the sauna's heat, it makes you less receptive to pain, more alert and gives you a feeling of happiness. It relaxes the muscles on your face and neck; these muscles become tense after a long day. Becoming relaxed after your sauna session will surely improve your mood.

Lower High Blood Pressure

One of the symptoms of stress is high blood pressure, along with muscle tension and headache. Saunas are proven to reduce the risk of high blood pressure. The heat produced in saunas increases blood circulation, which is useful not only for the heart but also for blood pressure. Researchers believed that both the heat and the relaxation time inside the sauna are the contributing factors behind this.

Lower the Levels of Cortisols

Cortisol is a steroid hormone that regulates the body's processes, including the metabolism and the immune response. Cortisol is also called the "stress hormone, "It has a significant role in helping the body respond to stress. How? When your body recognizes stress, your adrenal glands make and release the cortisol into your bloodstream. The sauna heat then controls the cortisol released in your blood, thus preventing you from stress.

All in all, the sauna's health benefits are quite clear; heat provided in saunas can improve mental health, relieve depression, and have a calming effect on people with anxiety. It also makes you easier to relax, improves your appetite, and improved sleeping disorders, which are all signs of stress. Furthermore, the meditative state you have inside the saunas helps you organize your thoughts, render a solution to a problem along with de-stressing your body and mind. It only proves that a regular session in saunas shows impressive things to your body, inside and out.

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Help! My Friend Is a No Show

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Help! My Friend Is a No Show

Dear Armchair Psychologist,

I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.


Dear Sadsies,

I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.

I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!

- The Armchair Psychologist

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