15 Mental Health Benefits of Going Fishing


4. You Will Connect with Nature

Sometimes just getting outside and getting in touch with nature can help you calm down, unwind and breathe. It’s easy to get caught in a never-ending pattern of work/kids/friends/chores/sleep/repeat. Get outside. Look around. Let nature do its thing.

5. Enjoy the Quiet

When the world is noisy and full of negativity that brings you down, fishing can provide a peaceful and quiet environment. No one is around, there’s nothing to bother you; it’s just you, the open water, the fish and fresh air.

6. It’s a Time to Bond

Sure, fishing alone is a nice, quiet, solitary activity, but if you go fishing with a friend or family member you’ll bond over a shared interest. Plus you’ll spend a lot of quality time together with no distractions, which is good for the soul and your relationship.

7. You Will Set a Goal, and Achieve It

Don’t underestimate the power of achieving your goals. It doesn’t matter what the goal is, the act of accomplishing something that you set your mind to can completely change your attitude and your sense of self-worth.

8. It’s a Chance to Travel

Unless you live on or near the water, fishing is an excuse to travel and see the world. And going somewhere and exploring a new environment can help you both escape the aspects of your life that bring you down, and expose you to new settings, people and challenges.

9. Fishing Requires Patience

Patience is a virtue, a virtue that most of us lack or could use some work on, especially considering that we live in a world obsessed with instant gratification. Fishing forces you to be patient, to take your time, and to enjoy the moment.

10. It Can be a Physical Workout

Exercise is good for your body as well as for your mental health. While fishing you’ll not only build upper body strength and use your core, but you’ll also build stamina and burn calories. Plus, as you exercise your body will release endorphins (the feel-good hormones), which instantly boost your mood.

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