Happy May Day! Certainly this is like no other before it and I hope despite these extraordinary times you can find joy in this month.
Did you know a century ago “neurasthenia” was highly prevalent in America? Our Great-great-grandparents generation suffered a “new American nervousness” brought on by the arrival of technology of telephones and electricity!
The cure for it? The rejuvenating power of hydrotherapy. Victorians flocked to the great outdoors seeking bodies of water and hot springs to dunk in and mineral spirits to drink! Anxiety, depression, headaches and many more maladies which affect the mind, body and spirit were cured or at least, improved with both.
In Susan Glaspell’s book The Visioning in 1911, she stated “I can’t think of any sorrow in the world that a hot bath wouldn’t help, just a little bit.”
Perhaps a soak in the tub would put your mind at ease, a good temporary curative, if the pandemic has you worried about the new world we are living in. Once the pandemic restrictions have been relaxed, you may find the best way to be uplifted is to find your favorite body of water to dangle your toes in, wade in or get completely and utterly soaked. Swim in faith that there will be healing changes in our world brought on by these times of uncertainty! I’ve gotta believe it.
Reminder: Do your water pollution research before jumping in. Carry out what you take in. Keep the areas you visit pristine by not leaving any trash and follow local ordinances regarding swimming! Please be respectful of laws and other people so reservoirs of waters of all kinds will continue to be open for human enjoyment.