We All Knew This, Right?
There are those that know, there are those that think they know and there are those that just didn't think about it, but ultimately - there's a reason why we all love being on the water.
Whether it allows you to switch off or simply gives you that lift from being active, the water has healing properties and sometimes, we can take them for granted.
Physical well being is important and goes without saying. Most of us have had those moments when we take a look in the mirror and want to lose a little timber or feel a little breathless after climbing a flight of stairs, running for a bus or after a bit of a fast walk - so we do something about it. Cut out a little treat here and there. Walk more. Take the stairs rather than the lift etc etc...you get the picture.
But what about mental wellbeing?
Thankfully this word is becoming more and more commonplace and the dismissiveness of folks who are quick to judge is fading...but there's plenty of room for improvement. With our day to day lives getting busier, balancing work and home life, friendships, the 'must do' with the 'want to'...it can be a mine(d)field.
Taking time to look after 'just you' is rare, but it's as important, if not more so than cutting out that chocolate bar or taking the stairs. Your brain needs a little downtime too. Giving in and allowing your mind time to reset can bring all sorts of physical benefits as well as mental positives.
Don't underestimate the power of a little meditation...and no, we don't mean that you have to burn joss sticks or fold yourself into crazy shapes - although, if it works for you, why not?
Headspace describes meditations as - "Meditation isn't about becoming a different person, a new person, or even a better person. It's about training in awareness and getting a healthy sense of perspective. You're not trying to turn off your thoughts or feelings. You're learning to observe them without judgment. And eventually, you may start to better understand them as well".
Where To Start
Well, that is the easy bit - at the beginning. Find what helps you and do it more. Do it better. Do it for you.
The Guardian newspaper has published an article describing the benefits of Blue Spaces and the possible reasons as to why this works. Why do you think the likes of the Wave Project, Surfability, Surf2Heal and other organisations all over the globe turn to the water in order to help others who are unable to connect with the day to day?
With such a powerful piece written by Elle Hunt, maybe it's time to SUP more and get your headspace sorted. FatStick is proud to have dontated a custom board to the Wave Project and we are currently working with Surf2Heal in Cork. We have custom designed 12' adaptive FatStick Foamies that will allow more kids to get out there and feel the benefits of the big blue!
Help Is Always There
If you've been struggling with your mental health or have been feeling a bit battered and could do with a little help or a lot of help, there are plenty of people out there to help.
The mind is a muscle and needs looking after. You wouldn't ignore a physical injury, so what's the difference?
If you're looking for a little help, take a look at the links below - and talking is a great start.
SANE - SANE is a leading UK mental health charity improving quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness - including family friends and carers.
Rethink - 1 in 4 people will be affected by a mental health problem in their lifetime - we are here to support them when they do.
YoungMinds - We're the UK's leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health.
NHS - A list of charities and organisations that can help with mental health problems.
We had a great email from Aeriel Bergstrom from 'Relax Like A Boss' and she has written a blog surrounding Anxiety. Take a second to have look.