You should consider getting back into nature if you are feeling burnt out or down. Niels Eék, a psychologist and co-founder of Remente, a mental wellbeing and self-development platform, says that spending time in nature could be the secret to good mental health.
Niels says that the health benefits associated with spending time out in nature have been investigated by several researchers. One study in particular, which was published in BioScience Journal recently found that being exposed to nature every day can help reduce the feelings of stress and even improve your self-esteem for up to 7 hours, among other things, Niels says. He also added that reconnecting with nature can help you become more present and mindful in the moment.
7 Reasons Why Fishing Is Good for You
To learn why fishing is an excellent way to improve your physical and mental wellbeing, whether you are a weekend hobbyist or a match angler, read these top 7 health benefits of fishing by Raho Carp Holidays.
1. Keeps You Fit
If you go fishing, the main muscle groups, lungs, and heart will all get a good work out. A fishing spot that’s a 10- to 15-minute walk from your vehicle is a definite boost to aerobic exercise. However, setting up, casting off, and winding in hundreds of small fish requires a bit of strength. It helps engage the arms, back, shoulders, legs, and core in an active workout. Fishing is a workout for the entire body without the drama of going to the gym. You may not even have noticed it.
2. Increases Your Vitamin D
Being outside even when the skies are grey means that the body is able to top up on critical reserves of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is responsible for regulating the amount of phosphate and calcium in the body, keeping both teeth and bones healthy. It has been linked to fighting depression as well as boosting the immune system.
3. It Boosts Concentration
If you are outside and taking note of the environment around you, your concentration ability will improve, according to research in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Walking in nature or just spending time under leafy trees can lead to changes in the brain that improve the levels of concentration.
4. It Reduces Stress
40 per cent of adults lie awake at night due to stress, but being close to the water helps reduce anxiety and instils a sense of calm. Charities are increasingly realising this and have started using the therapeutic benefits of fishing to treat various illnesses such as post-traumatic-stress-disorder.
5. Fishing with Friends
No matter your age, when you join an angling club you instantly become part of a community, whether you participate in competitions or simply nod a greeting to the angler on the next peg. You can join in as little or as much as you please, but being around like-minded individuals, sharing an interest and connecting with your newly found friends is an excellent way to spend your day.
6. It Boosts Self-Esteem
Fishing has everything to do with personal goals, and achieving those goals is a guaranteed way to boost self-esteem. It is also a lifelong skill that can be enjoyed at any age. No angler ever forgets their first catch. Just look at how their eyes light up when talking about it. Fishing is also a great skill to pass on. With grandfathers taking their grandchildren out to the nearby lake and showing them how maggots are hooked. Spending time with family is also a great way to promote feelings of wellbeing and security, which makes fishing a worthwhile activity to learn.
7. It Lets You Unplug
The vast majority of people go fishing at the weekend, but there are also plenty of after work anglers too. So, leave behind your computer and emails, get away from the tablet or games console, and allow your eyes to rest on the water that’s sparkling gently.