S is for Swimming: mindfulness in nature

How swimming outdoors can improve physical and mental wellbeing

Woman swimming in sea

It’s hard to beat a refreshing swim outdoors on a warm summer’s day. Whether you prefer swimming in a river, lake, lido or the sea, each holds a different experience and a closer connection to nature.

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If you’re lucky, you might encounter a glimmering shoal of freshwater fish or spot a kingfisher beside a riverbank.

Swimming outdoors is good for mindfulness
Swimming outdoors is good for mindfulness ©Lynn Hatzius

Wild swimming has been found to boost heart health and circulation and have a positive impact on mental health. After that initial shock as you edge yourself into the chilly water, endorphin levels rise, which could be why many swimmers report feeling calmer and happier post-swim.

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Come on in, the water’s lovely!