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    Scuba diving and stress relief

    I heard a family friend telling a story about his favorite relaxation especially when he is stressed. According to him, its a good form of relaxation. What are the other health benefits that we can get from this kind of sport? Perhaps, I can suggest this to my brother who needs a stress relief. Will it really help him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathleen Everett View Post
    I heard a family friend telling a story about his favorite relaxation especially when he is stressed. According to him, its a good form of relaxation. What are the other health benefits that we can get from this kind of sport? Perhaps, I can suggest this to my brother who needs a stress relief. Will it really help him?
    It depends, if he feels comfortably in the water and actually can relax while being submerged, then yes, it will help him getting stress relief. You are down in the water, floating, and your breathing is quite audible to you. You get focussed on yourself, sooner or later. I realized this when I got suggestions for stress relief using breathing techniques and noted that it is exactly what I do when scuba diving. Breathing slow, deeply and focussed. And furthermore, you get out into nature and literally leave the world behind for quite a while.

    On the other hand, if he doesn't feel so comfortable in the water, it can have quite the opposite effect, adding stress when there is already too much. Best way to find out if it suits him would be a scuba discovery offered by most diving schools. Then he can see if he likes it or not (makes a nice birthday present, too ).

    As for other health benefits, that is no scientific study, but if you dive, especially when it is a little chilly, you burn an awful lot of calories without noticing. From my own experience, after a quite chilly dive you really, really long for an unhealthy, fat and carb saturated fastfood meal, and not the small one, believe me. And you really need those calories.

    So as a conclusion, if he likes water, it will probably help him. Best way to find out is to give it a try.

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    Hi, thanks! What you've shared sounds indeed helpful. You're right! The best way is to give it a try. Some close friends suggested me to let him go with the scuba diving first then go also with counseling if my brother is willing. Would you think that will be beneficial also?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathleen Everett View Post
    Hi, thanks! What you've shared sounds indeed helpful. You're right! The best way is to give it a try. Some close friends suggested me to let him go with the scuba diving first then go also with counseling if my brother is willing. Would you think that will be beneficial also?
    I'm not an professional counselor, but that sounds good to me. A good counselor helps a lot, even having someone to talk to who just listens, you can literally talk your problems away and address what is bothering you. And a professional counselor is trained to ask the right questions, so that you soon get to the base of what is causing the stress. But as you already said, your brother must want to do it himself, or else it feels that it is something put upon him from the outside against his will, and that makes everything much more complicated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathleen Everett View Post
    Hi, thanks! What you've shared sounds indeed helpful. You're right! The best way is to give it a try. Some close friends suggested me to let him go with the scuba diving first then go also with counseling if my brother is willing. Would you think that will be beneficial also?
    Yeah, why not give it a try. Only pick the best counselor or therapist for your brother.

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    Thanks to all your concern and responses about my brother's situation. I am thinking about the process if my brother will be willing to undergo therapy. Maybe I'll talk to him about it later.

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