I know it’s a little dramatic to say live to fish. No one actually does live to fish do they? Many people love to fish like I do, but few actually live to fish. I have a friend who fishes more than anyone I know. I think he might actually die if he was told he couldn’t fish anymore. Of course he is older, retired and has a lot of time for fishing. When he tells the stories of the fish he and his boys have caught he always has you on the edge of your seat! He puts his whole life into it! So this got me thinking. Fishing can be used as therapy. This post is going to be about the therapeutic qualities of fishing.
To live to fish you would really have to love it and spend a lot of time doing it. I’m not talking about an addiction, on the contrary, a therapy. When you go fishing you get away from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There is no Television, no bosses, no deadlines… just fishing. You can hike out to a very secluded stream or just find a neighborhood pond. Fishing is a way to get vitamins from the sun and a work out from the walking and casting your line in the water. Plus the joy and adrenaline rush when you catch the big one! There is so much rest for your mind as you take in the scenery and enjoy the sound of birds chirping. You can watch the gentle breeze ripple across the water. It’s more than a sport really, fishing is an experience. Something that takes you away from any troubles you may be facing and allows you to commune with nature. You get a chance to experience one of the most primitive instincts in humans, fishing.
Sometimes when you fish you might hike into a secluded area. When you do, you use some muscles that you may not use in day to day activities. You use hand and eye coordination to avoid falling or tripping on rocks. You may walk up hill and build your leg muscles. Also, many times anglers wade out into the water, which is more excursion of your leg muscles, allowing you to burn calories. So fishing doesn’t have to be just relaxing, it also can help you loose weight, burn calories and stay fit.
When you see a beautiful sunrise coming up over the water and the birds are chirping in the trees as the cool breeze blows on your skin, it definitely can improve your mental health. For many people being in touch with nature allows them to calm down and relieve stress. When your body calms down, your mind also calms down. You can think about situations in your life. Maybe a day of fishing can help you get away from all the stress and actually think of a solution to some of the issues that have been bothering you. I know for me, when things have been very difficult, I take time to go fishing all by myself, and most of the time I come back refreshed and better able to cope with the situation.
How about you? I would love to hear your opinion. Leave me a comment and let me know if you think fishing can be used for therapy.
Live to fish, fish to live!
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