How To Reduce Anxiety Through Relaxation

Millions of people on the earth suffer from the various forms of anxiety on a daily basis.  It goes from extreme cases that basically shut down a persons’ ability to function to disrupting one life and taking much of the joy out if it.  There is hope, and there are several things that you can do to help yourself and others reduce anxiety.  We are just exploring a few ways to help with anxiety.  No one has all of the ways or answers on how best to solve this problem within all of us because the reasons are so varied.  Anxiety, however, can be directly affected and assisted by the use of swim/spa pool usage.

When we are looking at anxiety, we are actually looking at a neurological-chemical exchange in the body that is putting too much or not enough into the body for proper function at the exact time that it is needed.  So how can we use a spa/swim pool to help this disorder you might ask?  There are several ways to help. First, the gut controls the production of these chemicals so it is necessary to begin with diet and your eating structure.  Make sure that you carve out time for all three meals, and find a way to eat them in a peaceful way.  For some families it means that the member with anxiety eats outside in quiet if the space is too noisy.

For those at the office, some may have to take the time to go outside or to a very quiet space.  Eating when nervous inhibits the production of necessary neurochemicals that help to reduce anxiety. Eating calmly helps, and giving you the time to eat, 20-40 minutes, without rushing is important.  Then it is important that you are getting healthy nutrients in your system.  Most importantly watch what oils go into your body, and what oils your food is cooked in before digesting.  Many fast food restaurants use trans fats, which coat your stomach and lead to anxiety through nutrients depletion.  Olive oil or Coconut oils are best. It is important to also get a good Vitamin B-6, 100mg twice a day.  If you consume alcohol it is also important to make sure you are getting B-1 and B-2 in diet so a Vitamin B Complex capsules would help dramatically.  B vitamins are co-factors in thousands of reactions and virtually all neuro-chemical makeups. 

The next concept is to remember that your spa or swim spa is a temperature modulator for helping you to soothe your nervous system.  In any chemical reaction there are substrates (Chemicals), Temperature, and Pressure as the variables that are adjusted for better outcomes.  So the spa and swim spas work as the temperature component and also helps with the pressure aspect as it applies to your mental state.  When you come home or even before work, take 10 minutes in the spa or swim spa to help calm the system.  If anxiety reduction is the goal, then the spa should not be so hot.  The extreme hot relaxes the muscles, but also gets the stomach to produce a little more acid.  Hot temperatures are great for relaxation and digestion, but not so good for anxiety.  A slightly cooler spa or swim spa will cause the nervous system to relax better and to avoid creating too much acid from extreme heat.  This cooling sensation on the skin causes a deeper blood flow, which distributes the chemistry better, and anxiety will start to lift. Try using your spa pool as an active part of your treatment.  Morning dips are great for those that wake up at 4am with Morning breakthrough anxiety.

CLOSING STATEMENT- Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday.  ~Author Unknown

Be Well, See You Soon  Dr. Kyle