What effect does the sauna have on our psyche?

Sauna is more than wellness. It not only cleanses our body, but also relaxes our psyche. But how does the sauna affect the psyche? Many people ask themselves this question. It is clear that the comforting warmth relaxes. But what exactly is the effect of relaxation? We have taken a close look at this question for you. We also tell you how to enhance the positive effects.
Sauna cleanses the body and relaxes our psyche

Sauna cleanses the body and relaxes our psyche

As a sauna fan, you have known it for a long time: hours in the sauna are immensely relaxing. The warmth loosens your muscles. All tensions are released within minutes. The brain also gets involved: It gets the signal to switch to rest mode. On a sauna day, you don’t have to worry about anything. You have time to enjoy the peace and warmth.

This ensures that the stress of everyday life falls away from them. You can do nothing else but let your soul dangle. Your grey cells take care of that. You switch off, so to speak. But that is not a bad thing. Because that way, thoughts of the missed deadline and the tax return don’t stand a chance. You stop brooding for a few hours.

By the way, you don’t have to be active yourself. The relaxing effect of the pleasant warmth is so intense that your body starts this program all by itself.

The mood brightens

All well and good, but what does this have to do with the psyche? The answer is quite simple: you take this relaxed mood with you into everyday life. That’s why it will be easier for you to complete tasks and also to stand above things sometimes. A pleasant consequence of all this: Your mood brightens up in general. That’s probably why Scandinavians are so enamoured with this healthy treat. After all, people here are more prone to depression because of the lack of sunlight.

But to benefit from the positive effects on the psyche in the long term, you need to sweat regularly. How long the relaxation from the sauna lasts varies. Here it depends above all on how stressful your everyday life is. Experts recommend going to the sauna at least once a week – especially in winter. In this way, you effectively prevent winter depression and get through stress and hectic more easily.

Light is the icing on the cake

A visit to the sauna alone is capable of relaxing you. But it can do even more for you. All it takes is light in different colors. This has a tremendous effect on the human psyche. We have devoted a whole article to this phenomenon. If you are concerned with relaxation, you should shine blue light. By the way, this also alleviates sleep disorders. If you want the sauna visit to have a stimulating effect, green is recommended. It’s best to try it out for yourself. Most of the largest spas today have light therapy saunas.


David Brunner