swimming improves mental health

Strengthening Mental Health with Swimming

Understanding Mental Health Holistically

swimming improves mental health

Mental stress can be due to work, education, money problems, or relationship issues. These things can further cause depression and anxiety. As you grow older and get into your routine life, your mental health tends to take a backseat.

Mental health can be understood as two terms, one is mental wellbeing and the second is mental illness.

  • Mental wellbeing includes optimism, self-esteem, and feeling in control.
  • Mental illness is a diagnosable condition that can impact you both physically and socially. This condition tends to deviate your thought process, emotions, and social interaction. Depression, schizophrenia, and psychoses are few of its outcomes.

“Mental Health is a serious issue in today’s fast-paced world of Corporates and working professionals. Research identifies swimming as one of the best measures to curb Mental Health and Depression.”

Importance of Mental Health

A mentally fit person can acquire a lot more than one who is depressed or constantly burdened with his or her thoughts. The subconscious mind bears a lot of strength and it is necessary to give your conscious mind rest and awaken your subconscious mind. There are various activities and sports that can help you to achieve that. Swimming is one such a fantastic sport. Let’s understand more as to how swimming helps you to stay calm and energetic at the same time boosting your mental health.

Swimming and Mental Health

Staying active is very important for your health. However, mental health in turn also affects physical health. Various factors affect your mental health in positive and negative ways but the trick is to indulge in activities that relax your mind.

swimming improves mental health

How does Swimming improve Mental Health?

Physical activity such as swimming generally tends to release the ‘feel-good hormones’ in your body that impact your body in a positive manner. A Swimming session for only 30 minutes three times a week has the ability to lower stress levels, elevate mood with lower instances of depression and anxiety. This in turn also enhances sleep patterns.

●      Swimming is a Rhythmic and an aerobic form of exercise that tend to improve the psychological well-being of a person.

●      It could also improve memory, ability to concentrate and focus.

●      Physical activity such as swimming is known to improve self-worth, giving you a feel of being distressed. Thus, increasing the general satisfaction in life.

How is swimming different from other sports? Though sports or Physical activity in any form tends to have a positive impact on a person’s mental condition and health, swimming is unique and different because the buoyancy of water makes sure everyone is capable to partake in it as per their own pace and convenience that suits them best. Regular sessions of Swimming regularly tends to mitigate the symptoms of anxiety or depression.

swimming improves mental health

Mental health illnesses affect millions of people in the world today and the worst part is that it is not given the importance that is long due. Symptoms of anxiety or depression are a few of its symptoms. There has been a lot of research, debate, and discussions on this topic. Various methods can be employed to decrease the symptoms which includes consulting with medical professionals, medication or adopting a certain diet. However, taking a regular dip in the pool has also proven to be quite beneficial in the long run.

“Research states that swimming has had an optimum positive effect on the anxiety or depression of the working class and youths in many cases. Swimming in a periodic and consistent manner has also resulted in reducing their visits to the medical professional for discussion of their mental health.”

Swimming for at least once every two to three weeks helps to combat mental health issues.


Those who have adopted this measure state that swimming affects their mental state and makes them feel happier and content. Many also said that it makes them feel more motivated and helps them to cope with everyday life in a better manner.

Physical health and mental health are closely linked. Therefore, being physically active can be very beneficial for mental health too. Being more active from a young age itself tends to lower the rate of depression. This is the reason Fitso supports campaigns and organizes programs to make swimming more accessible to everyone to strengthen mental health along with physical health. Swimming can be a very soothing activity and Fitso aims to encourage more adults and youth to take up swimming as a measure to decrease the levels of stress felt on a daily basis due to their routine life. By increasing awareness and reducing the stigma of mental health issues, let’s combat it effectively by incorporating swimming in our day to day lives and schedule to relax and rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul.