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KEEPING AN EYE ON YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

Surfing is as much a mind game as it is physical game.

We all think that if we are physically at an optimal level that everything will fall into place. But in honesty, your mental health is just as important, if not more important to achieving your desired aspirations.

1/4 Australians every year between the age of 12-25 experience a mental health challenge every year and while support is out there, people can still feel timid to speak up about their feelings and what they are going through.

Last October in support of Mental Health Week, Dragon took their team away to reflect on this notion of mental health.

From these conversations they had.

“No one chooses to get a mental health disorder,” explains Mick Fanning. “We should always speak up when we feel like we’re struggling” adds Adrian Buchan.

“We should never be afraid to get help when we are battling,” says Owen Wright. “You know, when you go and break a leg you go straight to the doctor,” says Mick, while Owen finishes that it should be the same if your mental health is causing you challenges. (Surfing World 2017).

We are lucky as surfers to have an environment like the ocean to perform. Surfing has been proven to help people like post war soldiers manage their PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) as well as being able to assist people with depression as exercise is benefical. Being in the moment itself is where surfing separates from other sports and activities. All of your energy and thought is going into that moment exclusively which sees you forgetting about things that are worrying your mental health. Surfing has even proven to help children with autism as they react in a positive way to this stimulus.

There is nothing like the thrill of riding a wave.

So get out there and enjoy.

And never forgot, it is not weak to speak up and voice your concerns.

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