Don't Let Summer Travel And Family Stress Get You Down

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73 percent of U.S. adults feel the need to relax after traveling and 42 percent say they need to do the same after visiting with family.

"The stress we experience from taking long trips and spending time with family members leaves many of us feeling drained," said David Swanson, Psy.D, a Los Angeles-based psychologist specializing in treatment for those needing help with stress reduction and management.

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According to the research, most Americans know they should relax after a stressful day. In fact, nine in 10 adults (94 percent) say it is at least "somewhat important" that they relax after a stressful day, and more than half (54 percent) say it is "very important" for them to do so. So, what are Americans doing to help them relax? Survey results showed most adults cope by spending time alone (78 percent), but more than half (59 percent) also find relief in a warm water soak.

"Studies have found hydrotherapy can play a major role in stress relief," said Dr. Swanson. "Hydrotherapy is one of the oldest forms of medical treatment dating back to Hippocrates. Just 15 minutes of soaking a day can bring about relief. And, the best part is that you can enjoy a hot tub alone or with your spouse and friends."

Portable spas, like the Cameo(TM) model from Sundance Spas, have a stereo with a docking station for iPod portable music players, ergonomic seating and an aromatherapy option. Soothing music combined with relaxing scents have been proven to help with relaxation. And, unlike a simple bath, hot tubs provide significant therapeutic benefits through hydrotherapy -- the combination of warm water, buoyancy and the massaging action of powerful jets. In addition to reducing stress, relaxing tired and sore muscles and relieving minor aches and pains from exercise, hydrotherapy can help ease arthritis pain and induce a restful sleep.

"Some stress is necessary, but when we take on too much of it, stress can interfere with the body's immune system and leave you feeling drained," adds Swanson. "The key to staying healthy is to be proactive."

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