Savvy spa professionals weren’t about to let Emotional Wellness Month pass by unnoticed. Knowing the importance of taking time to nurture one’s emotional as well as physical well-being, they got the word out online in October. It’s a good thing, too, because it’s a message everyone needs to heed year ‘round.

“Most people have read a lot about creating a better lifestyle through healthier eating and exercise habits, but few spend much time on emotional health,” said Sue Rogers, CEO of Oregon Hot Tub in Portland, Ore. “National Emotional Wellness Month is set aside to focus on the important mental and emotional aspects of health, and show people how easy it is to take simple steps that make big improvements.”

Echoing those sentiments was Randall Glaske, president of East Texas Spa in Longview, Texas. “For most people, simply working on reinforcing positive attitudes and situations daily will go a long way toward improving emotional well-being,” he observed.

Both spa professionals offered tips such as helping others in the community and making time in busy schedules for some R&R. Of course, when it comes to relaxation, they say a hot tub is a great place to de-stress, reconnect and strengthen family bonds.

Not surprisingly, there also are apps for smartphones and tablets out there to help us stay on an even keel emotionally. For example, three apps – Optimism, Gratitude & Happiness, and Moody Me – offer tools such as mood diaries and trackers, and ways to evaluate how various actions impact your happiness level.

Maybe we’ll soon be seeing folks soaking away the blues in their hot tubs while scrolling through  wellness apps -- on devices with waterproof covers, of course.