Can a hot bath HELP TREAT DE­PRES­SION?

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - YOUR HEALTHY WEEK AHEAD -

Re­searchers from the Uni­ver­sity of Freiburg in Ger­many think so. They asked a group of de­pres­sion suf­fer­ers to soak in a hot tub for 30 min­utes and then wrap up in a warm blan­ket for 20 min­utes twice a week. The re­searchers noted an im­prove­ment in the pa­tients’ symp­toms af­ter just two weeks and also found that baths were more ef­fec­tive than ex­er­cise when it came to boost­ing mood, which is good news for peo­ple who have trou­ble get­ting their sweat on. Since de­pres­sion af­fects ev­ery­one dif­fer­ently, it’s al­ways best to con­sult your doc­tor when it comes to treat­ment, but it looks like a lit­tle self- care can go a long way.

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