Before you freedive, it’s important to take care of your mind. What is your mind telling you? Are you stressed or worried? When you wake up, exercise or are facing a stressful event, your pituitary gland reacts. It sends a signal to the adrenal glands to produce just the right quantity of cortisol. With this in ‘mind,’ it’s important to calm your mind prior to freediving, as this will help you be much more efficient and safer in the water, as you regulate your cortisol levels, in order to achieve the right cortisol balance.
There are numerous benefits to meditation, aside from the benefits for freediving. It improves the quality and even the duration of your life, if done regularly. Ensure you get enough sleep prior to freediving, as this significantly improves the regulation of your emotions, thus lowering your cortisol level. If there are any sleep issues, my heart goes out to you and I’d encourage you to seek professional advice. I can go on and on for how meditation has helped me and I won’t bore you. Instead, here are the benefits you can experience for yourself:
- Decreases Stress
- Decreases Anxiety (please seek professional advice if there is an anxiety issue)
- Promotes Emotional Health (please seek professional advice if emotional attention is needed)
- May help fight addictions (please seek professional advice if there is an addiction issue)
- Enhances Self-awareness
- Increases Focus and lengthens attention span
- Improves Mood
- Improves Compassion
- Decreases Aggression
- Increases Self-Compassion
- Improves your work
- Improves your relationships
- Decreases probability of chronic disease
- Helps control pain (please seek professional advice if you are experiencing pain)
- Can decrease blood pressure (please seek professional advice if there is a blood pressure issue)
- Helps with weight loss
- Improves the quality and quantity of your sleep
All this in turn, increases your breath holding abilities, as you are a much healthier version of your true self.
References: healthdirect.gov.au, healthline.com, headspace.com & personal experience.