Diving and zenitude? Diving, anti stress?
It may seem antinomic, but it will seem so to beginners.
The activity is often charged with questions, even stress, at the beginning of its practice, because this sport « out of the norm » is not neutral, and can also not be without consequences.
It will therefore take some time for them to appreciate it, and to share the comments contained in this article. They will have, while waiting to live it, and to taste it by themselves, to take my word for it!
As those who follow me and know this blog know, for the last two years (happy birthday www.dansnosbulles.com!!!), I have been working in the local life of my city.
A few years ago, three or four years ago (it’s not so old after all!), I was quite nervous, anxious, sometimes anxious, especially on the eve of certain stressful circumstances related to my elected office.
Public speaking, especially in large format meetings, radio or TV interviews… and many other occasions crossed each week on my chosen path, could sometimes turn into real nightmares… Or, at the very least, provide me with excessive and disproportionate stress reactions, usually in advance and for nothing, when things were always going well.
At that time I started diving quite regularly.
What a personal revelation!
Besides the wonders that nature offers us in spectacle as soon as we have the chance to « pass or the surface », this sporting activity, this leisure, this nascent passion, very quickly had the merit of teaching me zenitude, calm and serenity.
Channel your energy, concentrate on one thing at a time, breathe differently (a bit like in yoga or meditation, even if it’s not through your nose!), don’t let your mind take care of 36 things at a time (which I do all the time, except underwater), move slowly, very slowly, learn to observe, don’t talk, so many new behaviours for me, rich in teachings.
At first timorous, rather centered on the fact that diving is anything but natural, on my breathing and the techniques not so obvious to acquire, automatisms came with the levels and dives practiced more often in warm waters, with the liking of our far trips. So, in my bubble and in our bubbles, I could finally relax, appreciate this new element so different and so colorful, this exquisite weightlessness, fabulous sensation of lightness.
Unexplicably and a little magically, I was no longer afraid of much, neither underwater nor on the surface!
And in any case no more stress in the course of my duties. Zenitude, confidence, serenity, happiness… Yeah, just fun doing what I was afraid of, not so long before.
I didn’t immediately correlate diving with my new well-being in my local business.
Do not ask me to explain why the how, but it is a fact, simply a fact.
Reading a very interesting article about researchers studying the effects of diving on victims of the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks who survived the Bataclan attack, I wanted to write this article. Because it echoed my own experience.
« If the expected results of this study are confirmed, this practice of diving will become a new complementary management technique for regulating stress and emotions, improving well-being and quality of life, especially in cases of post-traumatic stress », it is not me who says it, it is the scientists!
So diving, like a remedy for stress, a powerful and natural anxiolytic!
You had to think about it, but believe me and don’t doubt it, it’s a reality, and in a totally unconscious way, I experienced it!
It certainly works! So you want to test?