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Freediving and Mental Health: Part 1 of 5

I’m kicking off this blog series with testimonies on the mental health benefits of freediving! Along the way, you’ll see photos that highlight the individual journeys of several people who are close to me in the sport, as well as myself. We all have discovered together that freediving is more of a lifestyle than an activity! Check out @corydeemer and his story below!

“I started freediving about a year ago when I first met David. I have been exploring springs all my life but never really thought about doing it as a sport. Little did I know that it would change the way I now view things in life.

One of the phrases I always seem to say after diving is “I needed that” or “That was long overdue.” I come out of the water with a clear head and a mind open to new ideas. One of my best dives awarded me with new views on my personal core values. After that dive it changed how I look at things and changed me to a better person. Freediving has changed my mental health for the better beyond what I could have ever imagined.”

Cory’s testimonial is touching on the tip of the iceberg here… Notice how he stated that he had a mental health breakthrough that he could pinpoint to a single dive?! As a therapist, I know a patient can spend months or even years searching for such breakthroughs. As a freediving instructor, I hear about these stories all the time. What’s the secret ingredient to freediving that makes it so impactful? Can we get to the bottom (no pun intended) of this mystery? I have read a lot about the answer and I can’t wait to share more with you the next post. I hope this series inspires you to take a look at your day to day – use your intention to permit yourself some time each week to invest in your own mental health. It won’t just be helpful for you! Mental health is also of a cultural benefit, impacting yourself and spreading to those you care about as well as those who care about you.