Surfing for your mental health?

Surfing for your mental health? Surf therapy has become increasingly popular for mental health intervention. 

It is known that sports and exercise have long-term benefits on our physical and mental health. When performed in a natural environment, physical activity can bring even greater benefits such as reducing anger, depression and stress. 

The sensorial stimulation provided by the outdoors, stimulates the whole body. According to research, spending time in nature, especially by the water, reduces the production of stress hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine. 

The negative ions with which the ocean water is filled also provide a calming effect. 

Surf therapy involves the use of surfing, the therapeutic elements of the ocean, and structured water activities tailored to each individual’s needs. A surf instructor will adapt the surfing session to the individual’s or group’s needs. 

Participants living with PTSD and major depression appeared to benefit the most from surf therapy in a research from 2020. Not only did surf therapy reduce their depression and anxiety, but it also helped improve their overall mood. 

A 2022 analysis of surf therapy suggests that the benefits of surf therapy include improvement in:

Surfing offers a way to relax and unwind in a natural environment. Emerging evidence shows it has a significant positive impact on mental health. 

There are associations which specifically target these areas and use Surfing experiences for therapy and mental health issues. 

Deeply recently started supporting the Surf Art from Nuno Fazenda. A project which targets younger audiences. The goal is to give them a challenge that is adventurous,  that makes them thrive and want to achieve their goals and overcome fears. Surf Art claims that through Surfing, youngsters are exposed to social interactions, beach therapy sessions and surfing goals that may have very positive effects on their overall happiness and ability to move forward

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