Why A Quick Surf Is Better Than What You’re Doing Right Now!
Words by Sally Mac
I wasn’t a mum before technology took over the world as we know it. I was in the last generation to live and understand life without a mobile phone and the internet but despite that time being a mere 15 years ago, it still seems like another lifetime when we were disconnected.
These days mobile phones and the internet are the soft-lit savior for mums (and dads) feeding and tending to babies at all hours. We’re literally connected 24 hours, 7 days a week seeking advice for our kids or ourselves in the lonely 2am hour of need, posting photos of their development and our outings, or just a bit of virtual gossip and social catch up. The internet provides it all for mums – all but the ability to keep our minds and bodies healthy.
You’re reading this now because you’re searching for something, right? Happiness, inspiration, motivation, you might bounce straight out of this article or you might keep reading. If you bounce make it for something worthwhile. How long has it been since your last surf? If your answer is over seven days, it’s time to make tracks, set a goal with me, because there’s no excuse any more. Get yourself out for a surf at least once a week, every week for the rest of 2016. That’s just 24 surfs for the rest of the year, sounds easy and achievable and the difference it will make to your life will be immeasurable
Surfing and being near the ocean is proven to help you achieve all the things you are on here searching for, but in a much more pure form than black words and super-fast flickering light. It’s genuine physical, mental and spiritual fulfillment. The more excuses you make for not being out there and sitting here glued to the insistent up-swipe of your phone or scroll of your mouse the less time you have to spend saturated in salty satisfaction.
Committing to a surf right now, no matter your ability or strength is guaranteed to do this for you;
Feeling stressed or anxious?
The sound of the waves has the ability to mesmerize your brain waves and is a scientifically proven form of meditation. “Rather than simply relaxing you, the meditative state (of waves crashing) heightens awareness of the surroundings and one's own emotions.” Said Philippe Goldin, a neuroscientist and clinical psychologist from Stanford University.
Feeling down on yourself and how you look?
Even if you paddle out for one wave you will burn around 100 calories and the hormones induced by the exercise will invigorate you for the rest of the day. The specific hormone our bodies love are endorphins that are released into the bloodstream during exercise to reduce pain and create feelings of total happiness, similar to morphine.
Feeling wiped out and tired?
The adrenalin you get and satisfaction you feel after catching a wave is like a buzz of coffee in the morning. Adrenaline increases energy to your muscles, boosting your ability to perform, move and think.
Just want to switch off?
Unlike going to the gym or going for a jog, surfing really is the last frontier for a total unplug. It’s just you, your board, the ocean and the horizon. Whether it’s meditation, endorphins, adrenalin or alone time you’re searching for, there really is nothing like surfing.
Yearning for a surf and good company but little tikes tying you down? Surfing Mums (EVEN IF YOU'RE A DAD - See this Surfing Dad story) is an Australian organisation based on this need and want. There are over 15 groups who meet up weekly around the coastline with kids and boards in tow, getting involved could be the best thing you do to complete your acquisition of happiness. – Take the plunge and join up!
Sally Mac is a mum and the editor of Coastalwatch. Despite balancing full-time work and mum commitments, she’s dedicated to completing her goal of surfing a minimum of once a week (aiming for once a day) for the rest of 2016!
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