Not always sleeping or listening to mellow-sad songs can get
rid of your sadness and disappointment. If at this time you are struggling
desperately to restore a mood that has fallen due to a broken heart, why not
just swim? Curious about what is the connection between swimming and overcoming
Although it is normal for every human being to have sadness and anger towards something that does not work properly, this emotional response can make a person become lethargic, hopeless, helpless, lackluster, even withdraw from the environment. Therefore many people choose to avoid the situations that can trigger the sadness so that they do not experience these effects. Many also choose not to ignore this emotional turmoil because they often cannot stand the sadness.
Lingering in sorrow and disappointment increases the risk of death from a heart
However, harboring emotions can endanger your health.
Sadness and disappointment that cannot be overcome can lead to clinical
depression. In addition, a study published in the Journal of Psychosomatic
Research found that people who like to harbor their emotions experience an
increased risk of early death from coronary of heart disease.
People who are accustomed to harboring emotions will bring
negative thoughts in the body that can disrupt hormone balance. This then
increases the risk of diseases associated with inflammation and cell damage,
such as cancer, osteoporosis, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Why swimming can be a way to overcome the sadness?
According to Aimee C. Kimball, a psychologist and head of
mental training at the Center for Sports Medicine at the University of
Pittsburgh Medical Center, swimming can reduce sadness, anxiety and depression
significantly. Why does this happen? When you are swimming, your body will
release endorphins, natural compounds in the brain that can create feelings of
happiness, even euphoria. This endorphin substance will overcome the feelings
of sadness, relieve stress, and increase the feelings of pleasure.
This swimming activity can stop the stress hormones that
produce a fight-or-flight response, change the anxiety because sadness becomes
a more relaxed and calm feeling. Simply put, swimming can stimulate a chemical
compound in the brain that encourages the growth of nerve cells. Sports such as
swimming can affect serotonin which produces atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP).
ANP is to regulate electrolyte balance in the body, but recently it was
discovered that ANP helps relieve stress by controlling the brain’s response to
anxiety and stress.
In addition, swimming requires patterned deep breathing, and
is combined with muscle stretching and relaxation. The combination of the three
has become an important element of many other relaxation training methods, such
as yoga which is also effective in driving away stress and sadness.
Swimming makes your body feel better, so this can ultimately
make your mind better. Slowly but surely, swimming can help overcome the
sadness you feel. Swimming can also be an exercise choice for those of you who
don’t like to sweat a lot or make your knees hurt.