If you suffer from regular post-traumatic stress, you’ve probably tried every method under the sun at this point to keep your triggers at bay. We previously wrote about how staying active can have a huge impact on your stress and anxiety. However, in this article, we are going to go over how swimming as an exercise or escape has been helping veterans cope with their PTSD.
How does it work?
According to medical studies referenced by One With Water Organization, aerobic activities like swimming can play a momentous role in PTSD therapy. Anxiety and depression are two of the biggest symptoms veterans with PTSD can experience. It’s well-known and documented that staying active can help clear your mind. Swimming has a particularly calming effect. It has been studied as a way to improve cognition, memory, and overall mental health.
Swimming for PTSD: What you need to be aware of
If you become anxious in crowded spaces, you may want to try going swimming in the early morning or later in the evening. Another option would be to head to a less populated beach or lake area. If you do not live near a body of water, you can look up a gym in your area with a pool or get a pool pass from a local hotel.
Do not go swimming if you are on medication that could compromise your ability to enjoy a safe swim session. Check with your doctor if you are unsure if your medication is safe to swim with.
Other benefits of swimming
- improves stamina and energy levels
- reduces bodily stress and tension
- eases post-workout soreness
- improves cardiovascular functions
- can help you achieve your weight loss or body strengthening goals
- increases range of movement
- helps develop better discipline
For more exercises to try this summer, head to our recent article Summer Workouts For Veterans.