Self-care and its many benefits are all over the news. What could be a better way of self-care than boating? Boating and being on the water helps one disconnect from the daily grind – like a mini vacation. Our brains rest and reset when we get away from our daily routine. Boating provides us with this opportunity in several ways.
Vitamin D & Serotonins
When we are relaxed our cortisol levels go down and our serotonin levels go up. Serotonin is important in balancing your mood. The sun provides us much-needed vitamin D while the warmth of the sun relaxes us. Being out on the water we are more present – living in the moment. We are drawn to the peace that water provides for us. Being on the water is a fantastic way to get away from our daily stresses from living in this modern world.
Meditate with Nature
Do you remember when you caught your first fish, spotted manatees or dolphins, observe colorful fish swim, by or a great heron flying over? Boating helps us reconnect with nature. It takes us out of ourselves and brings a sense of wonder to the forefront. The emotion of wonder centers us with self-worth, kindness, and our purpose in life. Our brain is attracted to the color blue. Even psychologists say that blue is calming.
Watersports and other boating activities are a great source of activity and exercise. Wakeboarding, tubing, skiing, and swimming will definitely get your heart rate up. So get your blood pumping, and release your endorphins. The health benefits are endless. It may not be cross fit but yes, fishing is exercise. So the saying “Boating keeps you young at heart” is true!
Share the Self-Care Fun
The social aspect of being on the water with friends and families is more than just fun. Neurochemicals in our brain are increased just by the sight of water. This promotes wellness. Our senses are heightened, our souls are renewed, and our spirits are relaxed. Boating is a fantastic way to spend a mental health day! Everyone benefits from boating, no matter what age!
Now that is self-care!