We all know that a dip in the ocean can turn a bad day into a good one, but did you know that your water adventures might be benefiting you in more ways than you think?
At Adrenaline, we've teamed up with Waves of Wellness, a mental health surf therapy charity dedicated to changing lives through innovative support programs for those facing mental health challenges. Together, we're here to shed light on just how amazing being underwater can be for you.
Every October, WOW hosts an annual peer-to-peer fundraising campaign called Ducktober, coinciding with Mental Health Awareness Month. It's a cold water therapy challenge to boost your own mental health while raising funds to help others improve theirs.
This month, we're encouraging everyone to step outside and give a quick dip a go, whether it's a swim in the ocean or snorkelling with the Crew. They can all contribute to a better mindset.
Interested? Keep reading to learn more about how trying these five water sports could positively impact your mental health.
Have a go at snorkelling
Research indicates that cold-water immersion can reduce stress and improve your mental health. When you're fully submerged snorkelling, exploring the ocean floor, and encountering creatures you've never seen before, you become completely absorbed in the experience. It provides you with valuable time to think and reflect without the everyday distractions.
Catch some waves with Surfing
Surfing is a proven mood enhancer that can help alleviate anxiety, depression, and mental fatigue. The sight of pristine waters, the scent of salty sea air after a surf session and the satisfaction of doing something great for your mind, body and soul – these are just a few ingredients for boosting your mental health.
Freediving builds endurance and boosts overall confidence. Overcoming not only the challenge of cold water exposure but also trying a new activity can enhance self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment. This newfound confidence can spill over into other areas of life, contributing to improved mental well-being.
Explore more with Scuba Diving
SCUBA Diving in cold water can cause blood vessels to constrict and then dilate, leading to improved circulation. Enhanced blood flow to the brain may contribute to better cognitive function and overall mental well-being. Scuba Diving offers a fantastic way to reap these feel-good benefits while having an incredible time.
Swim with Dolphins
Swimming with dolphins gets your adrenaline pumping and can give you a natural high. These experiences can induce a state of heightened alertness and increased mental clarity. The body's physiological response to cold water involves an increased heart rate and oxygen intake, which can lead to improved focus and concentration.
Get involved in Ducktober
If you want to give it a try and discover the wonders of cold water, sign up for Waves of Wellness' fundraising event, Ducktober. This October, we challenge you to immerse yourself in cold water to improve your mental health while raising funds for WOW's life-changing surf therapy programs to help others improve theirs.