When we take a little peek into the minds of modern teenagers, we can see that they face a plethora of problems on a daily basis. These can range from self-esteem issues that are only accelerated by the media to difficulties with their mental health.
Help them manage these problems and more with one fun activity.
The teenage years can be challenging at times. Young people have to go on their immersive journeys of self-discovery, pass examinations that could potentially determine their futures and work out how to weave strong bonds with their peers. There are ups and downs, but all of those ups and downs are capable of affecting teenagers on both a physical and an emotional level.
Challenges Facing Teens Today
When we take a little peek into the minds of modern teenagers, we can see that they face a plethora of problems on a daily basis. These can range from self-esteem issues that are only accelerated by the media, to difficulties with their mental health.
As a society, we are prone to putting a lot of pressure on young teenagers. For example, in the school environment, we can see bullying, cyber addiction, and depression affecting teenagers on a relatively large scale. Some people would love to pretend that these issues are limited to certain places, but in some linguistically diverse swimming classes, we can see teenagers from different backgrounds talking about the same problems outside of the school environment.
Naturally, all of these things are capable of affecting teenagers on an emotional level, with more and more showing signs of anxiety, depression, and stress. Because of the nature of these and other similar conditions, it is rather crucial that we do everything within our power to help.
Can Swimming Help Manage Stress and Anxiety in Teens?
Luckily for us, science is continuously unearthing new methods that can be used to help manage stress and anxiety in teenagers. These methods range from reducing screen time on a night, to assisting young people to maintain active lifestyles.
According to studies, if a teenager is showing some of the symptoms of a mental health condition, he or she should be prescribed exercise before they are prescribed anything else. This is especially true if a teenager has anxiety or depression.
Exercise of any kind is capable of releasing endorphins, and those endorphins can make it much easier for you to think positively in select situations. Therefore, during exam season, you should ensure that any teenagers in your life remain as active as possible.
Naturally, vigorous exercise can also help to keep teenagers physically healthy. Studies have found physical exercise helps to cut the risk of heart disease in teenagers. Swimming is an excellent option when it comes to physical activity. When you go swimming, you are actually partaking in a full-body workout which feels more like a fun activity.
Another one of the factors worth considering is the fact that swimming classes often encourage some socialization. Having a robust social circle can give teenagers the tools they need to deal with any of the issues that they might face. Having said that, teenagers will often be presented with the choice to either relax or socialize, meaning they won’t be made to speak to anyone unless they want to.
The Effects of Swimming on Brain Development
It isn’t just teenagers who can benefit from the beautiful effects of swimming; everyone can. Children, in particular, can benefit from swimming because it has an incredible impact on the way that the brain develops, especially amongst young preschool children.
If you spend a moment thinking about the skills used by adults when we swim, then you will more than likely realize that we have to utilize a connection between what we can see and what our body does. Young children often take a while to hone in on these visual-motor skills, losing their balance, not quite knowing what they have to do to achieve a set task.
It is much easier for children to learn how to hone in on these ever-important visual-motor skills when they are in the water. When you are in the water, you rarely have to worry about tripping over the weight of your body. This is why children who do swim regularly before they reach a certain age are often able to balance easier than their peers do and reach developmental milestones quicker.
Studies have also successfully proven that swimming regularly can help to control and reduce the impact that physical conditions can have on young children, including asthma.
As you can see, there are a lot of different ways in which swimming could be used as a strategic tool to really help to improve and maintain the physical and mental wellbeing of your teenagers. If you can do anything to help to protect young children from the issues that life could throw at them, then you should.
If you are finding it challenging to convince your teenager to swim solo or attend a swimming class, you might want to think about joining the action yourself.
Teenagers can be very determined when it comes to voicing what they do and do not want to do. If you are willing to jump into the water and have fun, then you could turn a physical task into a fun family activity.
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Nikos Vasilellis - Founder of Nereids Aquatic Coaching
Nereids Aquatic Coaching company helps children and adults to overcome their fear of water by focusing on their individual strengths and helping them safely enjoy the aquatic environment.
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