Have you met anyone lately who has said: “I just have so much time on my hands, and I get to relax whenever I want!” Not likely. It seems like everyone has a jam-packed schedule, a never-ending list of obligations and not much time to devote to themselves. It can feel nearly impossible to step away – but you should. And when you do, diving provides one of the best ways to not only escape the everyday grind, but to shake off the stresses of life.
Psychologists and health care professionals frequently point out the possible benefits of simply taking time off. Studies have shown that a restful, relaxing break from daily stresses may enhance the body’s ability to heal, enhance creativity and may even increases motivation and productivity.
Enjoying some of that free time in nature only enriches the effects – and what better way to enjoy nature than by diving? With every descent beneath the waves, you reap multiple benefits:
Physical exercise: As much as it improves your health, exercise is also shown to help improve your mood.
Natural light: Sunshine within recommended amounts is one of the best ways to get vitamin D, which may help everything from depression to inflammation. Simply getting out from behind a screen also provides your eyes with a nice rest.
Calming sounds: Loud noises associated with city living may raise levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Getting out on – and under – the water provides an opportunity to give your ears a break.
Close contact with nature: Our bodies are calibrated to the natural world, thanks to thousands of years of evolution. So it’s not surprising that some studies have shown that cortisol levels drop when we spend time outside, in nature. Diving provides an exceptional opportunity to really interact with and be immersed in the natural world.
While there’s plenty to think about during a dive, it’s all directed toward the cause of an experience you love. A diving vacation could be just the thing you need to recharge your batteries.
To get ideas and advice, contact a PADI Dive Shop – there are 6,200 of them worldwide – where you’ll find advice on how to make your diving getaway happen.