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Published: July 31, 2022
Have you been feeling a bit tense lately, and want to do something mega to take the edge off of those everyday stressors? Or maybe you've been feeling kind of low and need a boost of empowerment? We suggest giving skydiving therapy a shot.
Skydiving therapy? Yup, that's right! It might sound crazy to skydive for mental health, but jumping out of a plane can actually really help you both mentally, emotionally and physically. Although not the conventional form of therapy, the benefits of skydiving are many. Believe us when we say that it can be seriously therapeutic to get your knees in the breeze.
The Stress Falls Away
When you are falling through the sky at 120 mph, not much else is running through your mind. Afterall, how can you think about the everyday, mundane tasks while you're literally watching the earth get closer by the second!?
When you gain a sky-high perspective, the stuff on the ground doesn't seem all that relevant anymore; everything else rushes away and the only thing that matters is each individual present moment in time as it's happening. Jumping out of a plane leaves you no choice but to truly live in the moment, which makes it incredibly easy to not think about any of the things that stress you out. With this forced mindfulness comes a release of stress, obligation, and burden, which leaves you with a feeling of pure freedom.
Feelings of Empowerment
For a fair amount of people, skydiving seems like some wild and unattainable goal. We've heard it time and time again, "it's amazing that you want to jump out of planes, but I could never go skydiving. I am afraid of heights / I am afraid of planes / I am just not that type of person / yadda yadda yadda ..."
We admit that the people who are afraid to skydive do have some valid apprehension; afterall, skydiving is not something that humans are naturally born to do! But showing yourself what you're made of by intentionally pushing past your fears is a truly amazing achievement that can change your life. Skydiving is extremely empowering because it shows you that you are capable of leaving your comfort zone to have new experiences. It doesn't matter whether you've gone skydiving one time or ten thousand times, when you jump out of a plane, you feel like you can do anything.
The Mental, Physical & Emotional Benefits
Skydiving has some very real benefits for both your mind, body and spirit. When you do something that is thrilling (we would probably all agree that skydiving definitely qualifies as thrilling!), your brain produces a bunch of chemicals like adrenaline, serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins. The release of chemicals like these creates a sense of euphoria in the moment, and that can also have lasting positive effects. This combination of chemicals can help you to sleep better and improve your mood. Skydiving can even train you to handle stress better and make you more resilient, both of which contribute to reduced feelings of anxiety and improved overall self confidence.
And you can't forget about the physical advantages of skydiving! As a sport, skydiving does require some level of physical exertion and it necessitates a decent amount of flexibility. Plus, being outside in the fresh air and sunshine is always good for you.
Community of Support
The adrenaline-inducing side of skydiving is obvious, but what many people don't realize is just below the surface is the gigantic community of genuinely caring people. Because of the immense trust that is required in the sport, and our shared passion for jumping out of planes, the skydiving community has a support system like you've never seen before in your life. We're talking about a network of people who will always have your back ... and who also know how to let loose and have a really fun time.
We're a worldwide work hard, play hard crew! No matter where you go, when you show up on a dropzone, you're surrounded by an amazing group of soon-to-be friends. So, while skydiving might not be your typical form of therapy, it has many therapeutic benefits. Whether you would like to try some air-therapy or just want to have the best day ever, come out and experience the benefits of skydiving for yourself.
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