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A Natural Way to Boost Mental Health

Dive into Mental Health Awareness Week and explore the benefits of open water swimming and natural water swimming ponds.

15th – 21st May is National Mental Health Awareness Week for more information you can visit

mental health foundation website.

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In today’s fast-paced world, finding moments of tranquillity and mental well-being is essential. Open water or wild water swimming is the act of swimming outdoors in natural water where nature can offer this in an abundance.

What are the benefits of open water swimming?

Open water swimming offers a refreshing escape that can significantly impact your mental health. As you glide through the water, stress melts away, replaced by a sense of freedom and clarity. This immersive experience stimulates the release of endorphins, nature’s feel-good hormones, fostering a state of euphoria and relaxation.
Open water swimming has been shown to have several benefits for mental health, including:

  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Improved mood
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Boosted energy levels.
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced pain
  • Increased relaxation
  • Enhanced connection with nature

Don’t just take our word for it. In this fantastic article by Women’s Healthmag: Hear the story of 4 ladies and how open water swimming helped them beat anxiety and depression.

Wild swimming Cornwall was founded on the premise that cold water immersion can have a positive impact on mental health for further information on how open water – wild water swimming can benefit mental health please visit Mind Cornwall.

Where in the UK can I go open water or wild water swimming?

If you’re looking to explore open water or wild water swimming spots, the UK offers an array of breath-taking locations. From the pristine lakes of the Lake District to the stunning coastal shores of Cornwall, there’s a destination to suit every adventurous spirit. Ponds by Michael Wheat completed an article: 5 Wild water swimming spots in the UK you will love. Check it out for 5 fantastic locations you can visit first.

If you love swimming but have never completed Wild water swimming before,
Here are 5 Essential Tips if you are a beginner:

  • Never swim on your own
  • Wear the correct clothing (A wetsuit predominately as it will help you stay warm and comfortable)
  • Swim with a float
  • Start slowly (Don’t dive straight in, Acclimatise to the cold. As the temperature drops, enter the water slowly, only swim where it’s safe)
  • Warm up slowly (Don’t jump straight into a hot shower after, Hot drinks and snuggly clothes are best)

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Did you know you can Open water swim at home?

Imagine stepping out into your backyard and immersing yourself in the blissful embrace of nature’s aquatic playground.
Natural water swimming ponds offer the perfect solution for open water enthusiasts who crave the convenience and privacy of swimming at home.

These custom-designed swimming oases seamlessly blend with your landscape, creating an enchanting retreat just steps away.

Dive into crystal-clear waters, surrounded by lush greenery, and experience the sheer joy of open water swimming in your own sanctuary.

Ponds by Michael Wheat are the UK’s number 1 swimming pond installation company. Last year’s Construction Landscaper Award Winner at BBC Gardeners’ World live complete over 30 installations a year. The cost of a Swimming pond is dependent on size and type of installation however they start from £75,000. Covering all over the UK there’s no project too big for Ponds by Michael Wheat. If you have a vision to create your own paradise from home Ponds by Michael Wheat will design, create and install your dream within 3-6 months bringing your dream to reality.

Improve your mental fitness with your own paradise from home just like this:

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