How can going to the spa help with your mental health?

October saw the always important World Mental Health day and as the days get shorter, we find it’s a good time to take a moment to reassess how we’re feeling and if we’re taking enough time to look after our mental wellbeing. The autumn and winter seasons can see many people suffering from SAD (or Seasonal Affective Disorder) where we feel depressed because of lack of natural sunlight and it can result in low energy, mood changes and a desire to sleep more.

So, how can coming to a spa help with your mental health? A spa day with us can be a luxurious and therapeutic escape that offers unique benefits for your mental health, especially during the challenging winter months.

Mental Escape: In today’s fast-paced world, it’s challenging to find moments of tranquillity and disconnect from our daily worries. A spa day with us allows you to mentally escape. You can switch off from technology and the demands of daily life (do let us know if you’d like to leave your phone in reception, or you can lock it away in your locker for a few hours!), giving your mind a chance to rest and reset. This break is essential for mental health, as it reduces the constant pressure and stress that we can all experience.

Physical Relaxation: The spa offers a range of heavenly body treatments, including bespoke ESPA massages. These treatments are designed to release physical tension, which is often connected to emotional stress. A massage from one of our expert therapists has all sorts of health benefits; it can improve blood circulation, release endorphins, and promote deep relaxation, all of which contribute to a sense of wellbeing!

Escape the Autumn & Winter Blues: The colder seasons often bring a drop in energy levels. A spa day allows you to escape these blues by immersing yourself in a tranquil, warm, and welcoming environment. The spa’s serene ambiance, complete with cozy treatments rooms and beautiful, natural surroundings, offers respite from the cold and dark days outside.

Warmth and Comfort: Our spa provides a haven of warmth and comfort when the weather is wet and cold! Our thermal facilities, including a sauna, steam rooms, and hot tub, can relax your muscles and alleviate tension, helping to ease stress and anxiety.

Connection with Nature: The spa is located in the serene Suffolk countryside, and its design incorporates elements of nature. Being in touch with nature is known to have a positive impact on mental health; the serene rose gardens and natural surroundings at Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa create a peaceful environment that encourages a sense of tranquillity and connection to the natural world.

Personalised Treatments: We offer a wide variety of treatments our therapists are skilled at tailoring these to your individual needs. Whether you’re seeking stress relief, improved mood, or better sleep, you can find a treatment that aligns with your specific goals, allowing for a personalised and truly therapeutic experience.

Social Connection: A spa day can also be a social activity, allowing you to connect with friends or loved ones. Spending quality time with others and sharing the experience can be a powerful mood enhancer. It fosters a sense of togetherness and strengthens social bonds, which are essential for emotional wellbeing.

Self-Care and Mindfulness: A spa day encourages selfcare and mindfulness. We believe engaging in self-care practices is vital for mental health; it reminds you of the importance of taking time for yourself, which can lead to improved self-esteem and reduced feelings of guilt or stress!

Improved Sleep: The colder months can disrupt sleep patterns for many people. Spa treatments and relaxation can help reset your body’s circadian rhythms and improve sleep quality. A good night’s sleep is essential for maintaining good mental health.

We hope to see you at the spa soon!

Kate x