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Mental Health Benefits of Boating

Updated: Oct 29, 2023

Boating is more than just a fun activity on a sunny day. Studies have shown boating can have a positive impact on your overall well-being. Here are some reasons why boating is good for your mental health.

Taking a mental health break for anxiety with boating helps

The sound of the waves can be very calming. Research shows being near water can have a relaxing effect on the brain, which can reduce stress and anxiety.

We’re out on the water several times per month. While there’s work associated with preparing the boat and then cleaning afterward, the trip out is still fun. I truly enjoy seeing birds and fish I’ve never seen before and learning more about them later. Spending time on the boat also provides you moments away from television or social media. It’s just you and your party laughing, listening to music, eating good food, and relaxing.

How boating can help with mental health

Gain a sense of Freedom and Adventure

When you are out on the water, you are free to explore and discover new things. This can be very empowering and can help boost your self-confidence. It can also give you a sense of accomplishment when successfully navigate the boat to your desired location.

If you aren’t navigating the boat, exploring new parts of the waterways or seeing new parts of the city is exciting and raises your awareness of your surroundings.

Socialize and Connect with Others

Whether you are boating with friends or family, it provides an excellent opportunity to bond and create memories together. It can also be a way to meet new people who share your love for boating.

We use this time to listen to our favorite songs, try new foods, or a bottle of wine ( such as McBride Sisters Wine) you’ve had on your list for a while.

In today's fast-paced world, it can be difficult to find time to relax and prioritize your mental health. Boating allows you to disconnect from technology and focus on the beauty of nature around you.

We would love to host you and your family here in Jacksonville, Florida, on McCoy Waterways.


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