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How Embracing Sailing Life Can Improve Your Mental Health

For some men, boating, sailing, and yacht life is something reserved for holidays. For others, perfecting the art of casting their sails is part of their health and wellness routine. Below we explore the top mental health benefits of boat life.

The Health Benefits of Hobbies

The nautical lifestyle is so much more than travel. It might sound like a highbrow hobby to some, but it provides a sense of purpose beyond the stress and monotony of life. It’s easy to get so busy “adulting” that creativity, stress relief, and personal development fall by the wayside.

Learning to restore, maintain, and operate a boat presents a positive challenge. Your confidence will grow with every new skill you master or challenge you resolve.

Hobbies of every kind promote:

  • Creativity—anything new you learn will help you innovate in every area of your life.
  • Stress-reliefall hobbies alleviate stress by boosting the “feel good” hormone serotonin.
  • Personal development—it’s easy to focus only on professional development. Hobbies ensure we pursue and maintain personal passions.
  • Socialization—you’re sure to make new friends who love sailing adventures as much as you do.

Immersing Yourself in Nature

Even if you’re yachting at the dock, being outside in the fresh air is good for your mind and body. Your senses of sight, sound, smell, and touch are activated. The glistening waters, soothing sounds, saltwater smell, and the sensory experience of the wind, ropes, and hands-on activities.

Being in nature reminds you that you are part of something bigger. Part of the continual circle of life. Studies find that natural environments can reduce heart rate, reduce blood pressure, and ease physical tension—in turn reducing stress, anxiety, and depression.

Soothing Sounds

We touched on sound above, but blue water sailing delivers a higher level of auditory stimulation than most outdoor activities. Whether you’re busy managing the wind in your sails or working on your boat, you’re surrounded by the tranquil sounds of water.

Studies show that the sounds of the ocean and other water sources can reduce stress and create a sense of calm. Make the most of cruising life by reserving at least a bit of time to do nothing but listen to nature’s soundtrack.

Quality Time

The hustle and bustle of modern life makes finding quality time with friends and family a challenge. Thankfully, your sailing passion is one easily shared with others, providing you with mental health-boosting quality time.

Bring your loved ones on the boat to relax, invite them on a sea exploration, or teach them how to sail too.

Physical Activity

Physical activity is essential for managing mental health. Sailing requires a combination of strength, balance, coordination, and flexibility. It may not be your only source of physical fitness, but you’ll definitely get a workout in while you sail or work on your boat.

Want to Learn More About Life at Sea?

My name is Luis Neto, and I’m a self-taught sailor. My sailing vlog is dedicated to teaching other nautical enthusiasts how to sail and maintain, repair, and restore their boats and yachts.

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