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Hydrotherapy For Depression

Updated on February 18, 2015

Hydrotherapy is water therapy that may be used in different ways to help with the treatment of a certain condition. This type of therapy can be used as a treatment for depression. While it may not be a cure, it is a tool that can be used in conjunction with other forms of therapy to help treat depression. If you suffer from depression, you may want to try hydrotherapy to see if might help you. Here are some of the ways that hydrotherapy can be used.


One way in which water may be beneficial is simply by drinking it more often. Drinking water helps to flush toxins out of the body. So it may be beneficial to your mental and emotional health if you have less toxins in your body. Also, drinking enough water will prevent dehydration. If you become dehydrated, even just mildly dehydrated, you may feel more feelings of depression and fatigue.


While taking a shower, you might want to think that the water trickling down your body and going down the drain is washing away your negative feelings. Also, you may want to try taking a shower in a cooler temperature. Colder showers can be somewhat invigorating and may give you a boost of energy, which is something that people who are depressed might need. Depression sometimes causes fatigue and a lack of energy, so taking a cold or cooler shower might help to boost both energy levels and mood.


Swimming may also help your mood as it is exercise and exercise may help lift your mood. Even simply being in water might help your mood, whether it be a bathtub full of water, a pool or the ocean.


Another form of water therapy could be looking at and watching water scenes. Looking at pictures or videos of beach scenes, waterfalls or other bodies of water may help to boost your mood and alleviate symptoms of depression. You may want to buy a video or go to and search for beautiful waterfalls, oceans, lakes and other water scenes.


Listening to the sounds of the ocean or a waterfall might also be helpful for the treatment of depression. You could download or search for sounds of water, such as sounds of the ocean, and listen to it using headphones. You could also purchase a sound machine that has sounds such as waterfalls, oceans or just the sound of trickling water.

Water Fountain

You may want to buy a small water fountain for your home and listen to the sound of the water trickling down the fountain. Water fountains may purify the air, which could result in better air quality and a better mood. The sounds and sights of running water may help to calm your mind and lift your spirits.


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