Two people enjoying the SaunaRay far infrared two-person sauna

How an Infrared Sauna May Help Winter Blues

Having trouble getting through this winter of discontent?  If it’s cold and cloudy where you are, there is no wonder why you might have a hard time feeling your happiest. The “winter blues” are experienced by many people at some point every winter, depending how cold and how dark it is where you live. It’s usually at its worst during the months of January and February and often arises with the decrease in natural sunlight. Installing an infrared sauna in your home can help you shake those winter blues. That warm cosy feeling from the ceramic heating elements will remind you of lying on a beach. That’s because ceramic is made from silica and so is beach sand.  So if you can mimic the feeling of a beach at a time when you can’t get to a beach, it can bring all that warm an cozy feeling right into your home and you can turn it on with the flick of a switch. 

Infrared Sauna Benefits

Many people flock to the spas to de-stress and relax and leave feeling rejuvenated and energized. Many of those spas are temporarily closed, and international travel to the beaches can be risky right now. The infrared sauna will gently heat your body and remind you of that relaxing feeling you get at the beach. The gentle warmth may also remind you of being under the bed covers in the morning. That’s because infrared heat is both absorbed and emitted from the human body. We even receive it from our mothers while we are in utero. That’s why it feels so inviting and welcoming to be in an infrared sauna. It’s not a repulsive heat that stings your skin, like in a traditional high temperature sauna. This may be why everyone enjoys “another five minutes in bed” in the morning. 

Other Ways to Shake the Winter Blues

In addition to using an infrared sauna, there are other measures that you can take to fend off seasonal depression. These may include:

  • Modifying your home and office to ensure it’s receiving as much natural light as possible during the daytime hours. As we’ve noted, more natural daylight has been linked to improved mood and productivity.
  • Exercising or working out at least three days per week.
  • Getting outside, especially when it’s sunny, and getting sunshine on your face.
  • Taking time for yourself each day to do something that you enjoy.
  • Taking up a new hobby, such as learning to play a musical instrument or scrapbooking.
  • Learning relaxation techniques, such as meditation or yoga.
  • Getting away for a long weekend or taking a vacation to recoup and rejuvenate.

For more information on the potential benefits of infrared heat and the use of an infrared sauna, contact SaunaRay today.