Last Updated on January 21, 2023 by Faiza Murtaza
Stress and anxiety are not new to humans, and it is entirely relatable if we say that stress is an unavoidable part of our lives. They are perceived to affect all of us in one way or another. Few people are affected by showing body reactions/changes while others affect their environment or share with others.
According to a study, females are more susceptible to stress and likely to have mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety compared to men.
Every woman is different and responds to stress differently if appropriate help is not available; it may result in acute and long-term health effects. This includes, but not limited to, Pain, Headaches, Forgetfulness, Lack of energy/focus, Disturbed sleep cycle, Obesity, upset stomach, etc.
One thing is sure that the one who suffers from stress must seek professional help because if not treated timely and professionally, it may have severe effects on mental health and quality of life.
It is believed that stress can’t be entirely eliminated from our lives; we need to learn how to cope with it. There are many ways to relieve stress, but staying physically active has proven to be one of the most effective methods.
Physical activities like swimming is an excellent exercise to opt-in relieving stress; it stimulates the brain to release neurochemicals that make the body feel good, hence reducing stress. When swimming, the supplementary effect of water moving over the body creates a messaging effect, helping in relaxation.
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Why Swimming is good for Stress in Females
More importantly, daily swimming, because of its repetitive nature, helps to learn a feeling of ‘letting go,’ by which you can press the ‘Pause’ button and forget your worries for a while.
Let us go in further details of how swimming can help heal stress and anxiety in women.
Improved Brain Function
Various studies have demonstrated the merits of swimming. According to a study, being in water increases blood flow to the brain resulting in improved oxygen supply, nutrients, and glucose. This will protect the brain from harmful toxins. Also, it helps in the generation of new cells/ tissues.
More than any other physical exercise, swimming is a fun way to relieve stress, especially for women. Playing in water, being immersed in it, and paying attention to your strokes are very meditative and have a therapeutic effect on your mind. While in water, the feeling of lightness, massage, weightlessness, and body awareness eliminates pain, contractions, and physical tensions, and you experience psychological relaxation.
Lower Depression and Anxiety, Thus Improved Mental Health
Swimming releases a hormone named endorphin. It is a natural mood-boosting hormone. Their release makes women feel happier and healthier. Swimming can even help dementia patients to improve memory, concentration, and focus.
Improves Sleep Cycle
Physical activity due to swimming gives you healthy fatigue. This helps you to get a good restful sleep. This will help you start your next day completely refreshed.
Helps Improve Memory
According to study, stress has great impact on brain health. One of the consequent effects of stress in women is forgetfulness, and swimming is a great way to improve memory and concentration.
The Effect of Color Blue
There is no credible scientific evidence, but it is believed that the blue color or being in blue areas helps improve mental wellbeing. The color of the endless sky, and vast oceans; our natural world nestles blue color in abundance. Maybe being drawn towards the water and feeling a soothing influence on the mind around water is inherent in many people.
Swimming is suitable for all
Females should make a habit of swimming nearly every day. Even swimming for just half an hour is effective for improving sleep patterns, lower depression, and anxiety. Your mode should be a decisive factor in how hard you want to go or bear with, there are no set guidelines for that, but a daily swimming schedule is extremely helpful.