Adding JetPaks to Your Hot Tub For Fun and Therapy

If you are looking for a little bit of fun and therapy within your custom hot tub or portable spa, there’s no better way to achieve these results than by choosing to go with JetPaks. The JetPak Therapy System is exclusive to Bullfrog Spas and was designed to provide users with an amazing hydro massage sensation that can be personalized specifically for you.JetPaks-banner

Hot Tub Therapy for Each Individual

Each and every jet used in the Bullfrog hot tub with JetPaks serves a different purpose to massage and provide wellness for all types of therapy objectives. By opting to add JetPaks to your at-home hot tub, you will have the ability to enjoy a therapeutic hydrotherapy session right in your own backyard, whenever you desire. There is truly no more customized and personalized experience that you can have in a hot tub.Exchanging a JetPak in a Bullfrog Spa

Types of Jets and Therapeutic Benefits

There are many different types of JetPaks that you may opt to add to your hot tub. Each JetPak has its own focus that can help provide you with therapy, relaxation, and fun at the same time. Each JetPak is created using different jets that each have their own specific therapy use. Let’s discuss these individual jets.

DeepRelief hot tub jetDeepRelief Jets are some of the most popular and most powerful jets. Many people choose to add at least one JetPak with these jets to their hot tubs. You can relieve extreme day to day tension with the help of this intense-powered jet that was specifically designed to provide you with a focused deep-tissue massage in your spa. If you are dealing with aches and muscle pains, JetPaks using this jet will be the the ideal for you.

FirmRelief Hot Tub JetFirmRelief Jets provide hot tub owners with a steady firm massage designed to help to relax and remove the tension from various muscle groups. For a great mix of therapy and relaxation look for JetPaks that feature this jet.

Dual Pulse Hot Tub JetBoth Single Pulse Jets and Dual Pulse Jets use a rhythmic pulsing motion to give you a kneading pressure that provides extreme relaxation and relief of tension. DualPulse jets are a bit quicker in their intervals between pulses and SinglePulse jets provide a slower more relaxing massage.

If you are looking to address certain parts of your body with your hot tub massages, you may opt for Target Therapy Jets. These types of jets are placed in various areas of the hot tub and focus on high tension parts of the body like feet, calves, wrists, and hips. Firm pressure will relieve your muscles, giving you a relaxing and rejuvenated feel.

Oscillator Hot Tub JetOther types of exclusive jets only available in JetPaks include Oscillator Jets and Shower Jets. The Oscillator Jets provide an wide ranging massaging action that covers a large area of your back with a figure-8 kneading motion for maximum relaxation. Shower Jets are like a dream with their light and soothing caressing feel. This is the perfect massage for escaping your cares for a while.

Fun With JetPaks

Not only do JetPaks provide users with hydrotherapy relief in their spa, but also add in a little bit of fun. You can experience new and unique feelings while relaxing in the comfort of your very own hot tub. Whether you’re looking for deep-tissue massages, soothing motions, firm relief or kneading actions, adding JetPaks allows you to experience it all, offering a fun and relaxing time at home.

Don’t Feel Older as You Age: 5 Tips for Keeping Your Youth

Don't Feel Older as You Age 5 Tips for Keeping Your YouthNo one should wait until they are too old to begin taking care of their body. There are so many things we can do to maintain a youthful mind and body now.

No matter who you are and how old you are, there are things to do that will help you live a stronger and more vibrant life and it is never too late to make changes. Below are 5 tips that will promote a more youthful you.

Starting Early

Never wait until you are too old, to start taking care of yourself and your body. Believe it or not, the signs of aging will start creeping up on you in your 20s and 30s. Most of us never think twice about aging and the long-term effects of our choices at that age. But age will happen much quicker than you think. Whatever your age, start now to make positive changes!

Drinking Water

You should drink an adequate amount of water every day. Most people go about their daily business without even realizing they are becoming dehydrated. This is one reason why you might develop dry skin and eventually wrinkles. Bring a water bottle with you from home and take it everywhere you go, even while just driving and running errands. This can also save you money at the end of they day. You might otherwise feel the need to stop at a gas station or fast food restaurant for something less much less healthy like a soda or coffee.

Watch Your Diet and Learn to Eat

Use common sense when it comes to your diet. Eat a little more often but a little less each time. The more you eat great stuff from nature like fresh fruits and vegetables, the more this will become what you crave. The convenience of fast food is horrible for your appearance and health. The old saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is something to keep in mind when watching your weight and overall wellness.


Make sure you exercise regularly. The most important thing about exercising is consistency; if you start consistently walking, riding a bike, surfing, golfing, jogging, skateboarding or anything else, you will see the benefits of your efforts. Minimally, you should aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. Make time out of your schedule to begin regular fitness, or join a group so you always have support when you start.

Take Time for You

Last but not least, take the time out every day to do something relaxing for yourself. This might be reading a book out on the back porch for 20 minutes, or spending time in a hot tub just letting your muscles and body relax. Nothing is better after a hard days work than coming home to sink into a nice, bubbling hot tub. It is the perfect ending to the day.

We might not be able to do much about our age, but with more information we can start with some simple steps to regain wellness. Why not start taking care of your body today and maintain and regain your youth?

The History Behind Our Modern Luxuries: Hot Tubs

Hot Tub HistoryEveryone tries to obtain the American dream, the idea of living a comfortable life full of wealth, endless amounts of happiness, and houses full of luxuries that the common man only dreams about having. A house full of gold, a yard full of expensive toys, and a jet that can take you anywhere on a moment’s notice, all of this located on a private island upon which you’re the only inhabitant. There are some essential items that people think of when they think of luxury items. People think of a large home, they think of a fast sports car, they think of gold, and they also think of hot tubs. But what’s the history of hot tubs? And why is the hydrotherapy they provide as soothing and therapeutic today as it was thousands of years ago?

The Earliest Hot Tubs

Hot tubs, or things like hot tubs, have been used as hydrotherapy ever since 4th century B.C. This is made evident by the remains of wrecked marble bathtubs along with an aqueduct that has been unearthed from the area of Therma in Icaria. This bears testimony of the place’s popularity in the ancient times. In ancient Rome there were three types of baths: baths at home, private baths, and public baths. The practice of bathing was so ingrained and part of the Roman culture, that the Roman legions built their own baths at mineral and thermal springs in the newly conquered lands. Examples are found all over Europe. As early as 737 A.D, Japan began constructing ofuros, which were soaking tubs full of hot, steamy water.

Modern Hot Tubs

Hot tubs that we know of today weren’t created until the 1940s. These were inspired by the Japanese ofuro. Hydrotherapy pumps -water pumps that were specifically designed to help a person with blasts of water- were introduced by the Jacuzzi brothers, who founded a corporation that produces whirlpool bathtubs and hot tub spas. Fiberglass shell hot tubs appeared around 1970 and was soon replaced by acrylic shells, this change in design proved beneficial in cleanliness, while being easy-to-maintain.

Hot Tubs—Not Just for Fun

Hot tubs are used today for a multitude of reasons, and can be enjoyed by various ages. People can use them for their intended purpose of hydrotherapy, finding that the continuous blast of water on a sore spot aids in soothing aches and pains. They can be used for entertainment; having a bunch of people admire the quality of the tub while submerged in the relaxing waters, or just you and a significant other enjoying the relaxing, bubbling water as it helps create a mood. With a variety of purpose, hot tubs are truly a luxury item that many can enjoy today, just as many enjoyed in times gone by.

Warm or Cold: 5 Ways to Relax Year Round

Relaxation Techniques Anytime

Relaxation is important for your overall health. In fact, it is essential for all elements of well-being: physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual. Learning to relax can help you rediscover your passions and zeal for life. Unfortunately, the demands of work, school and family can take a toll on your wellness. Stressful situations can lead to many different problems, from weight gain and illness to discontent and depression. Fortunately, there are ways to relax and reduce stress in every season, rain or shine. Here are five examples.

Accept Your Stressors

Accepting stress is the first step toward relaxation. While some stress is helpful for motivation and balance, too much stress can harm you. Knowing the signs — from headaches and muscle tension to irritability and loss of focus — can alert you to stress before it gets worse. Once you recognize the signs and accept your stressors, you can make room in your life for relaxation. Have daily fun, like an after-work soak in the hot tub, and be sure to get adequate sleep. Until it comes naturally, you may have to schedule relaxation on your calendar.

Practice Deep Breathing

Relaxation techniques are simple exercises designed to reduce stress. Deep breathing is the easiest way to calm yourself, winter or summer. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth, and hold each breath for five seconds. Repeat this breathing process ten times. As you exhale, visualize the tension leaving your body. Practice this technique any time, and anywhere for a relaxed feeling in short order.

Exercise Every Day

Regular exercise is a proven way to reduce or eliminate stress. Contrary to common belief, it actually energizes your tired body. When stress occurs, the benefits you receive from regular exercise can help you overcome it. Plan your exercise according to the weather or season. On warm, sunny days, take a hike in the woods, walk in the park, or swim laps in the pool. Hit the gym or your treadmill on cold, rainy days. Schedule exercise on your calendar until it becomes a habit.

Try Massage Therapy

Massage is the ultimate relaxation therapy. Studies show that massage can decrease the level of cortisol, a stress hormone. Massage sets your body to a rest and recovery mode that lets you relax. Moreover, the effects can linger for hours afterward. Massage studios and spas offer various styles and techniques to jump-start the relaxation process. Improved relaxation promotes mental calmness, alertness, and creative thinking. It can even give you a better outlook on life.

Cuddle Your Pets

Pets are very good stress-reducers. Many nursing homes use pet therapy to address stress and anxiety in their patients. You can do the same thing in your own home throughout the year. Cuddling your pets relaxes you and them. As you play with your pets, talk to them about your problems, they will not mind. In fact, your pets will love the extra attention, and you will feel so much better.

What Benefits Do Hot Tubs Provide For Athletes?

Hot Tubs and Sports and Exercise

athletes and hot tubs

If you are an athlete, then you may want to consider soaking in the hot tub before and after a workout. There are a number of ways that you can benefit from soaking in a hot tub. Below are some of those potential benefits:

Reduce Your Risk Of Injury

Soaking in a hot tub before you work out can help loosen up your muscles. This will make it easier for you to exercise, and reduce your chances of suffering an injury. Depending on your sport or activity, soaking in a hot tub before exercising can help improve performance. When muscles are loose and ready your agility and speed can increase.

Reduce Soreness And Stiffness

Muscle soreness and stiffness are two very common complaints that athletes have. Most athletes experience the soreness and stiffness the day after they exercise. Warm water therapy helps your blood vessels dilate, or expand. This helps increase blood flow to the muscles and skin and can help prevent soreness and stiffness.


Insomnia is a problem that is fairly common in athletes who work out later in the day, or those who are simply prone to insomnia. Studies have shown that people who soak in hot tubs one hour before they go to bed usually have an easier time falling asleep. It isn’t hard to see why the warm, swirling water might be beneficial in helping you relax.

Treating Injuries and Ailments

Soaking in a hot tub can also help ease the pain of an existing injury. There was a study done in 1995, published in the British Journal of Rheumatology with people who suffered from chronic low back pain who were asked to soak in a hot tub every day. The results of the study showed that the subjects experienced both short and long-term back pain relief. In another study published in the Journal of Rheumatology, a group of researchers from France examined the effects that consistent hot tub therapy had on pain and the subjects noticed a significant reduction in pain and an improvement in flexibility. They were also able to reduce their reliance on anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers.

Soaking in a hot tub before your workout can reduce your chances of suffering an injury. It can also reduce muscle soreness and stiffness and help you treat an existing injury. If you are an athlete or just simply training to be one, don’t forget the benefits that heat therapy can have on your workout and be sure to consult your physician to be sure this is the right treatment for you.

3 Easy Techniques for Maximum Relaxation

Maximum Wellness: Combine Hydrotherapy With Relaxation Techniques

woman enjoying yoga and a spaYou finally found some time to relax in your hot tub.  The swirling waters warm your muscles and increase your blood flow.  Make the most of your hydrotherapy by adding some additional relaxation techniques.  These three techniques practiced in the spa can increase the benefits of hydrotherapy and make you feel great:

Body Inventory.  Focus your awareness on your body, specifically areas that are uncomfortable.  Let the water work its magic and let go of the stress.  As you master this technique you will become aware of where your body stores stress.  Releasing the tension in these key areas will give you an experience of increased energy and a sense of well-being.

Breathing.  Breathe in letting your abdomen expand.  These deeper breaths are more relaxing than the ones that stay higher in your upper chest.  Focus on the sound and feeling of your breathing as you become more relaxed.  You will find that you can relax your body, calm your mind, and better cope with the stresses in your life as you learn this breathing technique.

Progressive Relaxation.  Start at your feet and feel the water swirling around them.  Tense and relax the muscles.  Next, move your awareness to your calf muscles and tense then relax them.  Then on up to your upper thighs, abdomen, arms, shoulders, neck and head.  With each section of your body, feel the hydromassage of your Bullfrog Spa loosening the muscles and bringing relief.  You will feel a deep state of relaxation when your awareness progressively focuses on all of your major muscle groups.

As you practice these methods you will become more proficient and your Bullfrog Spa will be complete relaxation therapy for your body and mind.

Beat the Winter Blues

Make This Winter Less SADD

The holidays have come and gone and more than two months still separate us from spring. You may be feeling tired, a little run-down, and even depressed during these dreary winter days. Call it the winter blues or Seasonal Affective Depressive Disorder (SADD), whatever you call it, you’re not alone. Millions of people around the world feel the effects of the low light, long nights, and cold temperatures of winter added to the usual stresses of everyday life. It just seems a little harder to get excited about life at this time of year. So how do you beat the winter blues?

Well, winter is nature’s time out. You deserve one too. Take some time out for yourself during these months. Doctors recommend getting outside as much as possible as a remedy. A warm soak in the spa is the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors, soak in some warmth, and soak up some natural light. Quieting your mind and body can be rejuvenating, while stimulating muscles and increasing blood flow with the swirling warmth of the water can be therapeutic.

Relax in the heat of the water and let your mind hibernate in the cool winter air. With just a few minutes of hot tub therapy, you’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel. You will feel happier, more energetic, and revitalized.

Give yourself a late holiday gift, the gift of happiness this winter.

History of Hydrotherapy

The Complete History of Hot Tubs and Hydrotherapy

We all love a soak in a powerful modern hot tub with massaging jets and comfortable contoured seating, however, it’s easy to forget how far hot tubs have actually come. Portable spas have been evolving and have come a long way since the first people stepped into natural warm springs for a soak. To show our appreciation for the advances in spa technology and the evolution of the modern hot tub, below is a look at hot tubs throughout history – homage to where it all started and where we stand now.

The Origin

natural hot spring hot tubNaturally occurring hot springs are the first known hot tubs on record. As far back as history can record, humans have utilized hot springs for both recreational relaxing and also for their natural healing properties. In the early years of civilization people are believed to have flocked to hot springs for medicinal purposes, rituals of healing, and aquatic therapy, often attributing great spiritual, magical, and mythical powers to the warm waters due to their amazing influence on those who bathed in them.


2000 BC

Egyptian hot tub hydrotherapyDating as far back as 2000 BC, ancient Egyptians were amongst the first to widely adopt the power of the hot tub for its therapeutic values. In fact, Phraortes, the King of Media, built one of the first known hot tubs in 600 BC, which simply consisted of a water-filled caldera that was then heated by placing red-hot stones in the water.


400 BC

Greek hot water therapyIt may come as no surprise to find that the wisest men in history found great inspiration in hot tubs. Yes, legendary Greek philosophers, such as Plato and Hippocrates, also noted the therapeutic properties of warm water as far back as 400 BC – a time when the Greeks were known to have built structures around hot springs to create an indoor spa of sorts. Modern science of course is just now catching up to what these ancient thinkers knew about the cognitive, social, and emotional benefits of hot water therapy.


250 AD

Much like the Greeks, the Romans constructed enormous bathing complexes around natural hot springs in second century AD to satisfy the tubbing or bathing trend that was triggered by the advent of the aqueducts. In fact, the fad was so prevalent that there were private baths in the home for the first time but also public bathhouses that were run by the state and offered a capacity for thousands of people at once. These public hot tubs became the most important gathering places in Roman society. Today’s paparazzi would have had a field day at these gatherings of the who’s who in Roman society.great bath


700 AD

Japanese hot tubThe Japanese have a long history of discovering alternatives to traditional medicine and healing. The Japanese believed so much in the healing power of water that popular bathhouses, equivalent to a modern day resort and casino, became prevalent and very popular around 737 AD. These establishments offered fine foods, lodging, Zen gardens and indoor/outdoor soaking tubs. These hot tub destinations were a big part of the social scene in much of Asia and, in fact, spas with hydrotherapy continue to be popular gathering places in Japan today.


The Dark Ages

dark agesDue to the epidemics like Bubonic Plague and other disease in the Dark Ages, hot tubs drastically declined in popularity for a couple of centuries. Misinformation about disease and poor hygenic practices actually fueled these epidemics and the plague, other infections, a somber general depression and well, death became part of everyday life. Most people in the Dark Ages only bathed themselves twice a year, in the Spring and the Fall, contributing to their likelihood of contracting infections.


renaissance hot tubWith the Renaissance came a rebirth in thought and art. Hot tubs began to again regain their mainstream popularity because of their undeniable healing power. Science developed quickly during these years and soaking in hot water became known as hydrotherapy. Because of the beneficial effects of these treatments, doctors would simply prescribe a soak in a tub – certain temperatures for certain ailments. With this new found faith in the science of soaking, hot tubs were back in action and both European and American cultures began building entire resorts and hotels around the long-lost hot tub.


1900s and Beyond

Now that hot tubs were back in good graces with the public and the industrial revolution had allowed technology to progress like never before, the first true hot tubs as we know them today were built in the mid-1900s using olive tanks, wine tanks and water troughs … and the rest is history.


redwood hot tubThe first home hot tubs began to appear in the 40s, mostly in California. These early at-home spas were inspired by the Japanese ofuru style. Eventually redwood and cedar hot tubs began to appear in homes, mostly built by the home owner. These tubs proved to be a maintenance nightmare because the wood needed constant care to remain water tight.


In 1956, the Jacuzzi brothers invented a portable pump (J-300) that aimed to alleviate arthritis through hydrotherapy. Although the Jacuzzi pump was sold to hospitals and schools for hydrotherapy, it remained largely a small niche business until the 60s.


In 1968, hot tubs took another step forward due largely to a third-generation Jacuzzi family member, Roy Jacuzzi. Hot tubs began to be developed with pumped water and jets embedded into the sides of the tub. These were more like today’s jetted bath tubs, but in response to the growing demand for at-home health and leisure products, hot tubs began to be sold directly to home owners.


By the 70s, wooden hot tubs had outdated themselves in the mainstream and manufacturers switched to a fiberglass spa shell due to the ease of manufacture, durability, and weight. Better acrylic spa shells soon followed but took some time to perfect. It was at this time that hot tub makers began installing pumps, filters, control systems and jets to create an easily maintained home hot tub that would quickly become the at-home leisure and therapy activity of choice from the 1970s to today.


Because of their popularity, David Ludlow convinced his father to start selling hot tubs at the family pool business. David is put in charge of service calls and fixing spas becomes an all to frequent reality. The first beginnings of an idea for a better hot tub plumbing design come to Dave one night. After attending a pool and spa show and seeing the mazes of plumbing underneath these spas and the inherent leaking problems and inadequacies of these designs, the concept for what would become the JetPak System is first scribbled out on paper during a sleepless night in 1989.


Bullfrog Spas LogoHaving perfected and patented the JetPak System, which utilizes modular spa seats and a more efficient, virtually leak-proof design, David Ludlow forms Bullfrog Spas. Bullfrog Spas revolutionize the reliability and customization options available on modern spas. Much like computers are now personalized to your favorite settings and options, hydrotherapy in a Bullfrog Spa can now be customized to fit your specific needs.

Modern Times

JetPak exchangeHydrotherapy has been proven to be an important part of the greatest cultures and societies. It’s been a long road since the first humans jumped in warm natural springs and found out it feels good to where we are today with personalized hydrotherapy for every spa user. But all along the way people have relaxed, said “Ahhhhhh,” and felt their stresses and pains melt away. Today science is proving that warm water therapy is good for the nervous system, good for the heart, beneficial to those with ailments like diabetes and arthritis, helpful in decreasing stress and improving mental health, helpful in promoting better sleep and is an important part of maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle.

5 Compelling Ways a Hot Tub Can Help With Your New Year’s Resolutions

Hot Tubs Help Millions Achieve Their Health Goals for 2011

Scientific studies by health experts indicate several key areas where hot tubs and hydrotherapy can help people to reach their goal of improved health and wellness.

Salt Lake City, Utah, December 28, 2010 – The goal of improved health is the most common of all New Year’s resolutions. With 2011 fast approaching, millions of people are vowing to improve their health but secretly worrying about how they will do it.

Scientific studies by the National Aquatics and Sports Medicine Institute, located at Washington State University, and others are showing remarkable health benefits associated with warm water hydrotherapy in hot tubs. Bullfrog International LC, manufacturers of innovative hot tubs with the patented JetPak System of spa jets, has released a list of 5 ways hot tub therapy can help individuals improve their health this year.*

1.    Hot tubs can lower blood pressure. In studies performed by the National Aquatics and Sports Medicine Institute subjects experienced decreased blood pressure when immersed in water of all temperatures. However, the effect of lowered blood pressure was shown to last much longer for those who soaked in a hot tub.

2.    Hot tubs improve heart and circulatory health. Water immersion helps the circulatory system to operate more efficiently. This effect can be beneficial to all people and is especially helpful to individuals who experience decreased circulation due to diabetes and other ailments.**

3.    Hot tubs improve joint health. Spending time in a hot tub can decrease pain and help improve flexibility by decreasing the effects of gravity, increasing blood flow, and by lessening the pull of tight muscles on sore joints.

4.    Hot tubs improve muscle health. Soaking in a hot tub loosens stiff muscles and reduces soreness. The increased blood flow to the muscles, experienced while in a hot tub, also aids in healing after injuries and recovery after intense workouts.

5.    Hot tubs improve nervous system health. One of the reasons hot tubs feel so relaxing is because they actually balance the opposing functions within the nervous system – the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems. Hot water therapy reduces the effect of the sympathetic nervous system, which is the major cause of harmful stress. The positive effects of hot water therapy on the nervous system have actually been observed long after the individual actually leaves the water, showing that hot tubs help produce long term benefits that include lowered stress, relaxation, and a sense of well being.

Additional hot tub health benefits continue to come to light as physicians and scientists, especially in the area of Sports Medicine, perform studies on hot tub therapy. Individuals interested in the health applications of hydrotherapy can keep up to date by following the National Aquatics and Sports Medicine Institute (NASMI) along with hot tub health updates posted by Bullfrog Spas on their hot tub blog.

The science seems to show that a hot tub is likely to be one of the best investments that an individual can make in achieving their goals of health, wellness, and overall happiness for 2011.

To learn more about hot tub hydrotherapy and the health and wellness benefits a hot tub can provide contact Bullfrog Spas today.

*Information regarding health benefits of hot tubs is collected from studies performed, cited, and reported on by the National Aquatics and Sports Medicine Institute.
**Always consult a physician before using a hot tub, especially if you have any of the following: high blood pressure, a heart or lung condition, are or may be pregnant, have diabetes or if you experience any other serious health condition.

50 Ways To Relax


Life is full of stressors. Whether it’s work, family, responsibilities or one of many deadlines, there is no shortage of things that wind us tighter than necessary. Lucky for us, there is an equal amount of relaxing remedies. The list below is 50 easy ways to relax and reduce your stress as a result.

1. Soak in the Hot Tub

Nothing says relaxation like soaking in a hot tub with the spa jets massaging your tense muscles. It never fails.

2. Read a Bookrelaxing by reading

By reclining in your favorite chair and reading about a life that is not your own, you’re sure to forget about your troubles for a while.

3. Go Golfing

Whether it’s 9 or 18 holes, a crisp morning on the links by yourself or with a good friend can truly be its own form of therapy.

4. Drink Some Wine

Pick a quiet setting and your favorite bottle of wine and let a little liquid relaxation course through your veins and calm your nerves.

5. Get a Massage

Because tension and stress are literally harbored within your muscles, go to a masseuse and let the magic hands revitalize your body.

6. Watch TV

Sometimes the doctor’s best remedy is brainless television – turn on the tube, put on some pajamas and shamelessly veg out.

7. Lay on the Beach

It doesn’t have to be an exotic beach far away but, if you can find some sand and sun, a day on the beach is a great way to recharge your battery.

8. Take a Vacation

Vacations can be stressful if you’re trying to be everywhere at once; however, if you chose the right spot, it’s easy to leave your stresses at home.

9. Listen to Music

There is nothing more therapeutic than music – put on some headphones, lay down where you please, get lost in the rock n roll and drift away.

10. Lay in the Park

Find a grassy park, throw down a blanket and relax to the sounds of birds chirping and children laughing.

11. Yoga

It’s thousands of years old but its also the newest form of meditation that will help you channel your energy and revitalize your soul.

12. Road Trip

Pick a destination on your Bucket List, put on a mix-tape and hit the open road. As long as you don’t set a timeline, the miles of highway can work wonders.

13. Paint Something

You don’t have to be Picasso but artistic expression can be very therapeutic – let your mind wander and simply paint what you please.

14. Go for a Walk

Take a walk around the block or go for miles on end, regardless it’s some valuable alone time for your thoughts and a low impact kick-start for your body.

15. Put on a Movie

As long as it’s not a suspenseful thriller, putting on a light-hearted movie is a great way to zone out and forget your troubles.

16. Book on Tape

The best of both worlds – the benefit of reading combined with the brainless effort of television – listen to a book and reap all of the relaxing rewards.

17. Go to a Concert

If music is your tonic but headphones aren’t an option, go to a live show and let your soul feed off of the positive sonic energy.

18. Lay in a Hammock

Pick a nice summer day and simply kick it in the backyard hammock – let the breeze rock you back and forth and soak up the serenity.

19. Browse Facebook

Because Facebook is the newest form of mindless entertainment, block off some time and simply snoop around – you just might find your troubles aren’t so bad in comparison.

20. Go Hiking

It doesn’t have to be a colossal display of man vs. nature but a trek through the woods is a great way to release some endorphins and clear your head.

21. Cuddle with Your Lover

There’s no better way to boost your confidence and forget your troubles than cuddling with your lover in the most basic form of sexual healing.

22. Lay Under the Stars

Choose a clear and crisp evening and drive away from the city to marvel in the stars and connect with nature.

23. Go Swimming

Take a dip or take a dive but. Just think of the pool or lake as big hot tubs – the perfect recipe for decompressing relaxation.

24. Steam in the Sauna

If you can stand the heat, the sauna is a great place to cleanse your body, sift through your thoughts and press reset on your stress levels.

25. Write in Your Journal

Many view writing in your journal or blogging as a basic form a therapy – physically writing your thoughts and stresses can ultimately help you understand them and therefore, manage them.

26. Meditate

You may have to read up on proper techniques but the most intense form of relaxation is found through meditation – a spiritual way to fix the physical.

27. Take a Shower

Consider a shower as a baptism of sorts – you may enter with a weight on your shoulders but you’ll no doubt leave as a different person with a lighter load.

28. Curl Up by the Fire

If it’s in the dead of winter and laying out under the stars isn’t an option, find a fireplace, start a fire and curl up in front of the blaze with a hot cup of cocoa. Relaxation is imminent.

29. Enjoy a Nice Meal

It’s called comfort food for a reason but sometimes a nice meal and some hearty calories can take the edge off.

30. Call a Friend

Sometimes a conversation with the people that know you best can be the greatest source of comfort. Call a friend or your family and let them talk you off the ledge.

31. Walk the Dog

When your friends can’t be reached on the telephone, try spending some quality time with Man’s Best Friend. A simple walk around the block with the dogs can turn your attention to another being, distract you from your own problems and get you some exercise in the process.

32. Go Kayaking

A day on the lake in your own personal pod can be a serene sensation; therefore, kayaking is a great way to enjoy nature’s peacefulness and apply it to your life.

33. Go Shopping

There’s no need to rack up crazy credit card bills but sometimes shopping can be an effective way to curb your stress. Even if you don’t purchase, simply browsing can be therapeutic.

34. Enjoy the Porch Swing

Much like the hammock, a porch swing is another great way to drift in the breeze, enjoy a summer evening and feel like a child again.

35. Browse YouTube

Much like Facebook, YouTube is another avenue for brainless entertainment. Yep, go on a browsing spree and find yourself laughing like never before (and decompressing as a result).

36. Play an Instrument

Granted, if you’re just learning an instrument, it might be a stressful scenario but if you’re decently versed, creating music can be a phenomenal physical and mental release.

37. Cat Nap

If you’re over worked and under-paid, block off an entire Saturday or Sunday to simply lay around and cat nap as you please. Sometimes the best remedy for stress is laziness.

38. Go Camping

Any time you can get away from work, traffic, clocks and responsibilities is the best time to relax. Try a camping retreat in the mountains or woods where your only responsibility is maintaining a fire.

39. Exercise

Yes, exercise is physical exertion but in its healthiest form. Rather than thinking of it as a chore, consider the physical gain and enjoy the rush of endorphins.

40. Count to 10

Sounds elementary but try this technique anytime you just need to slow things down a bit. 10 can actually turn into your happy place.

41. Play a Video Game

Unless you take competition a bit too seriously, video games can be another great way to zone out and get lost in an alternative reality.

42. Use a Stress Ball

It’s a bit more old school but sometimes rudimentary remedies are the most effective – squeeze a stress ball until you’re blue in the face and see where it takes you.

43. See a Psychiatrist

Sometimes conversation with an expert can help you identify your stress, target the problems in your life and provide a system that will help you get back to a relaxed state of mind.

44. Pop a Pill

If your stress is linked to a medical condition like anxiety, depression or pain, just pop a prescribed pill and let modern science work its magic.

45. Watch the Waves

The ocean waves and their ability to roll in and out can be very hypnotic – perch yourself on a beach and simply watch the waves as a way to settle your soul and appreciate the bigger picture.

46. Go Dancing

Who knows, maybe a night on the dance floor is just what the doctor ordered for your tightly wound core? Get out there and shake it until you’re loose as a goose.

47. Daydream

Yep, just let your mind drift away from the real world and find a happy place – a place that is free of stress and full of hope.

48. Go Skiing or Snowboarding

A brisk run down the mountain can do wonders for the psyche. Not only is it another chance to connect with the majesty of nature but it’s also a great form of exercise.

49. Cook Something

Even if you don’t intend to eat it, you might try cooking or baking something for you or the neighbors – the process can be very therapeutic and a great form of constructive relaxation.

50. Take a Deep Breath

No need to get too fancy about it; the best quick fix for stress is breathing exercises – deep breaths – in through the nose and out through the mouth.