How Nature Affects Our Mental Health

 

 

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Studies have shown that different environments can heighten or lower our stress levels, affecting our bodies. Whatever you are hearing, seeing, or encountering at any given time is altering not only your behavior but also how your immune, nervous, and endocrine systems are operating.

The stress level of an unfavorable environment may result in you feeling sad, worried, helpless, or anxious. This will, in turn, increase your heart rate, muscle tension, blood pressure and will ultimately overwhelm your immune system. Obviously, a favorable environment opposes that. Regardless of culture, age, or habits, human beings almost always feel relaxed and pleased when they are in one with nature. In a study featured in the Healing Gardens, experts discovered that there are nearly two-thirds of individuals opt to stay in a natural setting to relax when they are anxious or stressed.

Nature Pacifies

Nature has been proven to help deal with pain. Because we are built to find plants, water, trees, and other nature type elements fascinating, we are immersed by nature settings and tend to forget our pain and sadness.

This is effectively portrayed in a previous trial of patients that underwent surgery of the gallbladder. Half of them had a beautiful view of plants and trees, and the other half were told to look at a black wall. As reported by a physician who performed the trial, the patients who had a view of the trees endured the pain they felt much better, and they appeared to have fewer unpleasant effects according to the nurses that tended to them. They also spent less time in the hospital. More current studies have revealed similar outcomes with settings from plants and other forms of nature in hospital rooms.

Nature Restores

When you are in nature, such as in a beach or a river, or just viewing sceneries of nature, you somehow feel your anger, stress, and fear diminishing, and your positive feelings increasing. Being with nature not only induces positive emotions but also improves physical well-being, subsequently reducing heart rates, muscle tension, and blood pressure. It could even possibly decrease mortality, according to experts in the area of public health. Furthermore, research performed in offices, schools, and hospitals has shown that even a small plant placed in a space can substantially affect anxiety and stress.

 

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Nature Rebuilds

Among the most exciting aspects of current research is the effect of nature on one’s general wellness. In the latest studies, about 95% of individuals interviewed stated that their moods improved after spending ample time outdoors, changing from stress, nervous, anxious, and depressed, to more soothed and relaxed. Other studies by known experts revealed that time with nature or sceneries is linked to positive behavior, revived energy, meaningfulness, and psychological wellness.

Additionally, quality time with nature or being in nature sceneries surges one’s ability to focus and be more aware. Because human beings find nature to be essentially captivating, we can typically focus on what we feel when we are in nature. This also gives our hyperactive minds a break, rejuvenating us for new chores and activities.

In another exciting area, research done on children with hyperactivity disorder revealed that their time spent in nature increased their attention span after a few hours.

Nature Unites

According to a range of field trials performed by people at the Human-Environment Research Lab, sufficient time spent in sceneries of nature unites us and the bigger world. Another study done at the Illinois University revealed that people living in Chicago housing and were surrounded by trees and other greeneries reported having stronger camaraderie and unity with their neighbors and had a greater sense of community. There was also a relatively decreased risk of street crimes, violence, and hostility between their partners. Finally, they were more capable of dealing with life’s challenges, particularly the difficulties of living below the poverty line.

This experience of bonding may be clarified by studies that utilized fMRI to gauge brain activity. When the participants watched nature sceneries, the portions of the brain linked to love and compassion lit up. However, when they viewed urban scenes, the portions of the brain that were linked to anxiety and stress were stimulated. It seems like nature activates emotions that unite us to each other and our surroundings.

 

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Warning On Too Much Screen Time

When we watch too much television or spend too many hours on our smartphones, we are technically deprived of nature, which is unsurprisingly linked to depressive symptoms. What was more, unforeseen were several studies by experts that connected screen time with a lack of compassion and genuineness. And the hazards are even greater than isolation and depression. In a 2011 study that was issued by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, time spent in front of the screen – whether it was phone or television – was associated with greater threats of death, which was found to be independent of vigorous physical activity.

 

 

Childhood Memories Of Visiting The Murray River With My Family

Ten years—that is how long I have been away from my hometown in Australia’s southern part. My parents have always had an American dream, which they managed to fulfill when my father got promoted and transferred to his company’s US headquarters when I was in 10th grade. The entire family moved with him, and we had not gone back home ever since.

Even though life has mostly been good in the United States, I can’t help but miss the good old days that I spent in my motherland. That’s where I lived during my formative years, after all. My best friends were still there, as well as my grandmother and uncles. Sometimes, they would visit us in our new home, and it was always an exciting reunion, but the experience was incomparable to what we had back home.

Aside from extended family and friends, though, one thing I missed the most was visiting the Murray River. If you have not heard of it before, it is the 16th longest river globally—the source of pride and glory of southern Australians like us. I grew up going there with my parents and later with my school friends, especially on the weekends. I could still remember the fun activities we did in and around the Murray River, including:

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Canoeing

The first thing I recall is sitting in front of the canoe while my dad paddles behind me. We used to own this yellow canoe that I even adorned with stickers of Disney princesses. I always felt proud to be canoeing back then, considering none of the other vessels had such decorations.

As I got older, my father taught me how to paddle by myself, while Mom and he rode another canoe together. Learning it made me appreciate the activity further since it allowed me to leave all my thoughts out of the water and focus on getting from point A to B without toppling over.

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Swimming

Surprise, surprise—swimming was a significant part of my life. Mom said that, like many Australian kids, I learned to swim before I could walk. It was both a necessity and a tradition, given that bodies of water surround the country.

The first time they brought me to Murray river to swim, I was only eight years old, with floaties and all. The latter merely came off when I became a tween, around the time when they believed that I could already handle the changing water current without drowning. And, man, what an exhilarating experience it was!

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Nature-Tripping

Even though we were technically natives in the land, I remember my parents signed us up for the Murray river nature experience that the local government offered to tourists. They got real guides talking nonstop about the area, merely stopping for a few minutes every time to let us take photos.

When I asked them why we needed to do that, Dad said, “Living in this location does not mean that we already know everything about it. Sometimes, we need to ask guidance from fellow citizens who have studied the location extensively.” And he was on point—I would not have known that we could do bird watching in the area if not for this tour. I had no idea that there was a little safari on the side, filled with wild animals that the local government was taking care of.

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Cruising

Among the activities that I enjoyed back home was riding a boat that cruised along the Murray River. It was a very smooth travel every time; it allowed us to see the river’s entirety and the wildlife there. We would often see fish and a crocodile or two in the water, while some kangaroos appear on the banks. Life felt so peaceful in those boats back then.

Having A Picnic

Of course, even without all those activities, it is exciting just to unfold a blanket, lay down every dish that Mom packed, and eat it close to the river. It honestly feels so serene to hear the birds chirping and water flowing uninterruptedly in the background. You can sleep on the grass, and no one will bother you. A lot of families also come to Murray river to celebrate different milestones, such as a child’s first birthday, a couple’s anniversary, or a student’s graduation.

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Final Thoughts

I am glad to update this blog and inform you that our application for dual citizenship has finally been approved, and so we can visit our hometown whenever we want again. It should have happened last April, but the US was still on lockdown due to COVID-19, so my parents decided to wait until we all got vaccinated against coronavirus.

The waiting game is not bothersome for me, though, since I have my childhood memories of visiting the Murray river to keep me going.

 

Temporary Changes To The Cruising Guidelines in Canberra Australia

 

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The Murray River, as it flows through the bends of Australia, including Canberra, is one of the popular cruising destinations of locals and tourists alike. The place has always been jam-packed with people – amateurs and seasoned – who want to cruise and see the sights of Australia. Currently, with the coronavirus pandemic hitting all over the world, Canberra is also among those that have been affected environmentally and economically as well. However, cruises have not completely stopped but only monitored under close supervision. This is to ensure the health and safety of the guests who have insisted on pursuing their scheduled cruise dates despite the pandemic. The staff has been doubling their efforts in cleaning and sanitizing their cruise boats in efforts of preventing infection and illness.

Changes In Cruising Operations

As always, guests are required to use alcohol or sanitizers before boarding. The crew and staff provide sanitizer stations. When falling in line, they are requested to strictly follow social distancing rules, keeping a 1.5-meter gap from each other. If guests are traveling in groups, the cruise crewmembers are tasked to guide them to their assigned areas. Floor markings have also been made to guide the guests and promote safe practices. All food and drinks will be bought inside the boat. Toilets will also remain closed during the one-hour cruises.

Previously, when families were aboard the boats, the crew would allow children to steer the boat with their supervision. Unfortunately, they won’t get this chance during these times. After each cruise, all crewmembers are mandated to clean the boats thoroughly and meticulously.

 

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Booking Modifications

Travel plans have undoubtedly been affected by the continuous spread of the COVID-19 and the existing government restrictions. In relation to this, the cruise organizers made modifications to the booking regulations and procedures. Daily cruisers are provided with the opportunity to cancel an existing booking and get a cruise credit as a refund to their ticket, which can be used within three years from the date of purchase.

Guests who are unwell, on the other hand, are advised not to visit the premises to protect the others as well as the crew and staff of the boat. Apparently, the coronavirus can survive on certain surfaces for hours and days so it would be insensitive for those who have a cough or fever to visit the cruise grounds and the boat itself.

Procedures In Daily Cruising

  • Guests are required to use hand sanitizers before boarding at all times.
  • Guests aboard the cruise ship are advised to maintain a distance of more than a meter throughout the cruise. Dining tables are also arranged separately.
  • Disinfection of surfaces using quality-cleaning agents will be conducted daily to ensure effective disinfection for COVID-19.
  • Linens, towels, and other clothing materials from the boat will all be washed externally.

Cruising Restrictions

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Please be guided with these carefully prepared cruise restrictions to ensure the health and safety of the passengers, personnel, and crewmembers of the whole cruising destination packages.

  • Passengers who have been confirmed positive with the coronavirus in the past two weeks are not allowed to cruise.
  • Those who have arrived from out of the country but have not isolated themselves will also not be allowed to cruise. They are required to get clearance from their general physicians.
  • A passenger that has been confirmed to be in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past two weeks prior to the cruise is not allowed to join the cruise.
  • Any passenger that was not allowed to travel because of the above-mentioned reasons is permitted to reschedule their trip to another date without any charges. They may also opt to get a credit of the money and paid to a different cruise package with the same company.
  • In terms of tours, passengers are advised to get travel insurance when looking for a cruise for obvious reasons. Do check your insurance policies before traveling, as some of these policies do not cover a pandemic like COVID-19.

 

 

 

Beginner’s Guide To Kayaking

 

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The 2019 Kayak Event was jampacked with participants, sponsors, kayak enthusiasts, and others who were just there to watch the games simply. The Bluegrass River Run, Gun Lake Paddle Battle, and Treasure Island Pirate Paddle were some of the exciting games of the day. The organizers invited former kayak champions to speak and share some of their experiences and how they came to be champions. The people were so excited to get into some of the kayaks and be taught by some coaches and competitors as well.

So what do you need to start learning how to kayak?

Gear And Clothing

Individuals who provide the kayak boat must also provide a coastguard-approved Personal Flotation Device that fits the person who will kayak. He should also provide a right-sized paddle that has been checked for damages. Finally, they can also add bilge pumps and spray skirts for a better and safer kayaking experience.

As for what to wear, your swimsuit or shorts are a must, preferably noncotton. Rashguard tops are great, especially for warm weather. Neoprene footwear and a hat are also necessary for sun protection. In addition, you can also bring along a rain or spray jacket and a lightweight fleece jacket. If you are going out on a colder day, then you must wear a wetsuit.

Personal stuff that you need to bring on your first kayaking adventure include:

  • A lot of water
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • First-aid kit
  • Snacks and lunch for a longer ride
  • A whistle in case of emergency
  • Watch, so you are conscious of the time

 

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Adjusting Your Kayak

Your kayaking adventure will be more comfortable and stable with a well-adjusted kayak. Before you set out to the lake or sea, adjust your kayak first. Sit on the kayak with your butt firmly planted on the seatback. Adjust yourself in a way that you are sitting upright. The balls of your feet should be positioned on the footpegs, knees slightly bent. Adjust the pegs by tilting and sliding them along a track so that the stopping points are preset. You just simply slide the pegs if you want to get out of the boat. With your knees bent, make sure that they are also both touching each side of the cockpit. This gives you side-to-side control of your boat when you paddle.

Launching Your Kayak

You have to have somebody to help you bring the boat to the water. Place it in a shallow area, perpendicular to the shoreline. Position the bow away from the shore with the stern near the shore. Now put one of your paddles under the deck and fronting the cockpit. Start to stand over the kayak, slowly getting on the cockpit. Once you’ve taken hold of it, settle your butt on the seat, raise your legs, and slide your feet into the pit. When you feel that your butt snugly fits the seat, place your feet on the pegs. Get your paddle and move your kayak forward past the waves. Attach your spray skirt if you brought one.

 

 

Murray River Management COVID-19 Updates And Tips

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The Murray River in Australia is known for its various houseboats, camping grounds, golfing, cruises, food, and the whole experience of fun and laughter with family and friends. It encompasses the banks of New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia. For most residents within these areas, the activities that the river offers are bountiful. Families love camping the whole day while the dads go fishing. They can go canoeing or kayaking through the small currents and safely head back and have a barbeque waiting for them. Couples spend their anniversaries by going on a romantic river cruise, driving around the Murray area, or merely getting a taste of the river’s food and wines.

Unfortunately, the Murray River is one of Australia’s attractions that have been affected in the latest COVID-19 plague. All in all, it has been a challenging time for the country’s tourism industry, and the measures are taken to control the pandemic have tremendously impacted the river and its resources. Instead of this, the Murray River Management continues to inspire tourists and residents by providing updates and tips to help flatten the virus curve in their ways. Here are some simple yet useful tips to prevent contamination, keep yourselves safe amidst the spread of COVID-19.

Tips To Stay Safe And Protected From COVID-19

The key to everything is to stay at home except only if you need to do essentials, which include purchasing medications, to work or study if not possibly done online, and shopping for food and other essential supplies. If you insist on going to funerals where there are at least five or more people, you must remember to keep your distance at 1.5 meters. Keep your mask on, and when you get home, don’t go inside if you have not washed your hands. Aside from funerals and weddings, you are to avoid gathering in public unless you are with members of your home or you are working in the same workplace.

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Campgrounds and caravan parks will remain closed and will only accommodate overnight travelers, individuals or families who permanently live in caravan parks or campgrounds, and other people who have no permanent homes. For truck stops, there are designated areas for these services, and selling food and drinks to drivers and passengers in truck stop areas is still allowed.

Guidelines for travel include:

  • Everybody is advised to stay home except only when you need to buy essential goods or to receive medical care.
  • All Australian residents are encouraged to postpone or just cancel travel that is not essential.
  • Seniors, meaning those aged over 65 with preexisting illnesses or indigenous individuals over 50 years old with pre-existing illnesses, must stay home for their safety.
  • Anyone who arrives in Australia is mandated to undertake a 14-day quarantine at facilities that have been prepared for quarantine. However, the only people who can travel to Australia at this time are the permanent residents, citizens, or immediate family members of a permanent resident.

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Guidelines for self-protection include:

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds, and as much as possible, follow the steps in proper handwashing. Do this before cooking, eating, or feeding others.
  • Practice social distancing. Keep in mind to stay 1.5 meters away from other people.
  • Don’t get out of the house if you are sick, or even if you feel slightly sick.
  • Cover your mouth with your elbow when you sneeze.
  • Take care of elderly family members. Call them and check on how they’re doing. Shop for them. Be compassionate.
  • If, unfortunately, you get sick and you notice coronavirus symptoms manifesting, seek medical attention immediately. If you are hesitant or afraid, call a friend, or, better yet, the Coronavirus Health Information Office. Someone will be available for you 24/7. Talk it out. When you’re ready, which should be very soon, go to the nearest hospital and seek treatment.

 

 

More About The Murray River And The Basin

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The 2019 Murray River Conference was an event that people Australia were looking forward to. As always, its goal to provide opportunities to raise issues regarding river operations, water availability projections, previous and updated policies about changes in supply and demand, and strategic plans were successfully achieved. The speakers that were invited to grace the event were experts in their field. These included heads from the Murray Darling Basin Authority, Lower Murray Water, and the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning, among others. Of course, the discussions were mainly about The Murray River and the improvement of the Murray Darling Basin.

Here are some interesting facts that you should know about The Murray River and the Basin.

The Murray River

For a long time, the Aboriginal Nations, specifically the Aboriginal South Australians, have lived and managed the area for hundreds and thousands of generations. It was the Murray River that helped one of the most densely occupied areas of Aboriginal Australia to thrive. Up until today, these generations still benefit from their connection to the river.

As a whole, the Murray River has always been the life-blood of South Australia, as it is located in the driest part of the country. The river continues to provide water for industrial purposes, irrigation, floodplains, and wetlands, as well as recreational and domestic purposes. It also provides water supply to metropolitan Adelaide. However, as time has gone by and after years of flooding and overuse, the river’s health and resources have been tremendously affected. Thus, people are called to help restore it by supporting river communities and industries. Management is being improved and policies regulated to ensure that it remains healthy and productive, especially during the dry season.

Murray-Darling Basin

The Basin, on the other hand, is nestled in the south-eastern part of Australia, covering over 1 million square kilometers and draining a seventh of the whole of Australia’s land surface. This includes the New South Wales, Victoria, and the Australian Capital Territory. The Basin is made up of the country three longest rivers: Murray, Murrumbidgee, and the Darling. These incorporate an extensive network of watercourses and creeks, most of which only have water during floods. The water goes down the Murray-Darling system to become the Aboriginal Nation’s lifeblood.

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The Basin also supports the state’s tourism, agriculture, and other industries and is inhabited by over two million people. Outside of the basin, there are more than one million people as well who thrive through the basin’s water resources.

 

 

Reasons To Experience The Murray River

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The Murray River is one of Australia’s critical rivers. Near its banks, it boasts several national parks and diverse landscapes. Moreover, about 100 towns surround the Murray River. If that’s not at all great, you’ll find six wine regions around the area and some of the best river cruise experiences in the world too.

If you need some more convincing, read the best reasons on why you would instantly crave the Murray River experience:

The Murray River Offers The Authentic Australia Experience

Part of what makes the experience great is because of the folk stories of the place itself. Even today, the Murray region is rich with stories of bushrangers and legends. Stepping into the Murray River is like discovering the soul of Australia’s culture and heritage.

There Is So Much To Experience

Finding where to start is one of the first difficult decisions you have to make. There are plenty of things to see and do. Even when you are not the active type, relaxing alone in Murray is enough experience already. But to start with, activities can begin from the mountains down to the unique river towns. Around the Murray river, you will always find yourself doing something exciting.

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There Are Fantastic Food And Wine

Fun fact: about 40% of Australia’s food comes from the Murray River region. That means you are sure to enjoy your taste buds during your stay here. There are plenty of authentic restaurants, farmers’ markets, and wine regions in the area. The passion for food here is truly an opportunity to catch. Don’t forget to have the Murray Cod or the Yabbie to top off your foodie journey!

Murray River Offers The Best River Cruising Experience In Australia

Aside from the cruising experience, you also have the option to jump on the boats available here. There are options like the largest paddleboat, the Murray Princess, to small cruisers that offer lunch as well as short trips to national parks.

It is a must that you experience these on the river. It is a magical experience you will not find anywhere else. Imagine waking up to clear skies, cruising through magnificent golden limestone cliffs and so much more. What a dream!

There Is A Massive Range Of Houseboats

Murray River is famous for houseboating. With that said, there are plenty of boats from small boats to party boats. Several boat options can accommodate both the budget-conscious and those who want to experience luxury.

Get the chance to lead your boat, hang out with your friends or family, and do whatever you want, whenever you want. Without a doubt, a houseboating experience in the Murray River is one of the most relaxing things you should try at least once.

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It’s One Of The World’s Greatest Rivers

If we hadn’t boasted the Murray River enough, take note that it is the third-longest navigable river in the entire world. The Murray River covers three states and is one of the largest catch basins on Earth. Seeing the landscape of the Murray River is a beautiful journey that will help you understand why people fall in love with it.

Falling in love with the Murray River comes swiftly. If you are looking to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience, visiting the Murray River should be on your bucket list!

A Beginner’s Guide To Planning A Perfect Murray River Picnic

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Known as the world’s longest navigable river, the Murray River is home to diverse flora and fauna. Visiting a river has benefits for our mental health. Considering Murray River for your picnic plans will do more than enough for your relaxation and stress-recovery period. Here is a beginner’s guide for your picnic plans.

Decide On What Food To Bring

Ask everybody if they want to cook on the spot or bring ready-made food instead. You can bring sandwiches, finger food, and other non-messy stuff to eat while you are marveling at the scenery. You can also bring fruits and vegetable salad, so the benefits of this trip will target both your physical and mental aspects.

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Avoid bringing food that needs cutting. If you want to experience cooking outside, make sure that you have every ingredient that you need. Remember that this is a place where supermarkets and grocery stores are not easily accessible. Bring everything that you think you will need.

Bring a variety of drinks both for kids and adults. Check the policies of the Murray River picnic area to see if there are certain drinks that they prohibit in the premises. Do not forget to bring water, healthy juices, and ice enough for all of you.

Do Not Forget The Tableware

Do not be so engrossed with the food itself that you already forget about utensils. Opt for eco-friendly disposable utensils instead of plastic ones. If you can also put your food in reusable containers, the better. Do not forget to put cups, plates, serving utensils, and paper napkins on your next grocery list for this picnic. Bottle openers are also a must. Cloth napkins will also come extra handy at the venue.

List Down All The Essentials

Prepare your mats, tents, and picnic chairs ahead of the picnic schedule. Common picnic materials also include foldable beds, coolers, baskets, binoculars, and even trekking gears. Include emergency kits and other hygiene stuff in your to-bring list. Water facilities are not readily accessible in the picnic spots, so bring sanitizers and moist towelettes with you always.

Pack Your Hobby Kit

Going to a river picnic does not mean that you have to stick with fishing, boating, sleeping, and other typical river activities. You can also do your other hobbies such as painting, drawing, reading, and photography, among other things.

Moreover, be ready to try new activities that the picnic area has to offer. As early as now, check if your planned activities are allowed in the Murray River. Ask everybody to pack enough power sources and gear to try new activities you have never done before.

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Remind Everybody Of Your Responsibility To Nature 

Pack up paper bags and disposable trash bags for the picnic. Never leave any trace of trash on any picnic spot around the Murray River. You will arrive there without any litter, so be sure to take everything with you as you leave. Be considerate to nature and for the next picnic-goers in the area.

You can get the most out of the therapeutic benefits of the Murray River by following these tips. What are you waiting for? Plan that trip and head outside as soon as the skies give that picnic-season vibes!

Reasons Why You Should Take Up Fishing As A Hobby

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Modern life demands work and no play, which can cause damage to your physical health and well-being. Your motivation fades away, and everything becomes too repetitive. In this dreaded situation, the best thing to do is give yourself space and engage in a relaxing hobby. One of the best examples of such a hobby is fishing.

Fishing is one of the most well-known hobbies in the world. It is no surprise that even until now, the tradition of recreational fishing is still alive. However, the idea of fishing can be daunting and unfamiliar to some people. Little do they know that this simple recreational activity can provide a lot of benefits to your health and life.

Here’s why you should take up fishing as a hobby.

Fishing Can Reduce Stress Levels

Fishing consists of paying attention to one task only. You have to focus on catching a fish. Moreover, nature is surrounding you and you alone. When you are fishing, your senses are not overwhelmed. All you can hear are the calming sounds of water and wind.

“Living in constant stress mode will make you sick indeed.” Allan R. Cohen, PsyD said. Because of this, fishing is similar to meditation. It can give you some benefits as well, such as stress relief and decreased anxiety. Fishing can also lower your blood pressure and provide therapeutic help to those who have PTSD.

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Fishing Is A Form Of Physical Exercise

This aquatic activity is not just about sitting and waiting. Walking around the body of water to find the right fishing spot works your heart and lungs. Casting a line accurately and reeling the fish in requires you to move both your upper and lower body. Besides, “The more you are active, the more you decrease your risk for chronic diseases, including cancer.” Whittney Thoman, Senior Exercise Physiologist explained. 

For those who fish while riding a canoe, learning how to balance yourself and using your core strength is essential. Before long, you have already done a full workout outside of the gym. An hour of fishing can burn around 130–175 calories.

Moreover, the motions of fishing are quite similar to physical therapy. People recovering from breast cancer are often recommended to try fishing as a way of exercise and recovery.

Fishing also requires you to be outdoors, which allows you to absorb vitamin D from the sun. Vitamin D keeps your bones healthy, regulates insulin levels, boosts your immune system, and helps in fighting depression.

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Fishing Teaches You How To Become Better

Modern living has trained us to be dependent on our gadgets and the Internet for almost everything. However, fishing encourages you to learn and develop skills by yourself. Nature teaches you how to rely on yourself. 

Grasping the skill of self-reliance also improves your self-esteem. Fishing is not just about relaxation. For some people, it is also about attaining goals, such as catching your first fish. There is nothing more satisfying than to see that your effort has paid off. Of course, “The best progress happens when you apply what you’ve learned outside that setting, in your real life.” says Alicia H. Clark, Psy.D.

Fishing improves your physical and mental health and teaches you about patience. To catch a fish after a long wait is a moment of pure delight that you can never forget. It shows you that in a world where everything is instant, good things come to those who wait.

Navigating Waters: Safety Precautions for Canoeing

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Canoeing is an outdoor activity for people who want to feel the rush and beauty of nature. However, it is a top priority for paddlers to know the necessary safety precautions before getting in the water.

Whether or not you’re an expert in navigating rivers or just a starter in the sport, you must be aware of the dangers out there. Keep in mind these guidelines for when you make your next canoeing trip and be sure to share them with your group. After all, the adventure is more fun if there won’t be injuries involved.

Gearing Up

It can be tricky once you’re out there in the water. That’s why you should have the equipment that will help you stay safe and afloat. Here are the things you need:

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  • Personal floatation device or lifejackets. This device is an absolute necessity for every canoeist to remain safe and uninjured during the activity.
  • Appropriate footwear. Boots, water shoes, and sneakers are usually are the top picks for when you go out for water paddling. They protect your feet from rocks, glass, and sea creatures.
  • Head covering. Helmets, skull caps, and hats with a brim can protect you from the harsh sunlight or the cold weather.
  • Dry bags. Your dry bag will keep necessities such as your phone, radio, first aid kit, food, towel, knife, and identification.
  • Rope throw bag. This item is a rescue device just in case a person gets thrown in the water. With this equipment, you can pull the swimmer to safety.

Before Canoeing

While canoeing is generally a safe outdoor activity, you still have to look out for the worst. Before going out, check the forecast to be sure that you won’t get caught in harmful waves and strong winds. You should opt for calm areas rather than open waters. When you’re packing, make sure you have your safety equipment with you. Don’t forget to bring a spare paddle with you just in case you break the one you have.

Before stepping in your canoe, make sure to stretch to prepare your body for the physical activity. Put on some sunscreen and your protective gear. When loading, the first person getting in sits on the front; when getting out, the one at the rear goes first. If you’re alone, stay as low as possible and centered when getting in your canoe. This position will give you the most control of your boat and will help you remain stabilized.

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While In The Water

Expect a lot of obstacles in the water. When you’re on a river, be sure to look ahead of you and consider the flow of the water. By being aware of what’s in front of you, you can calculate the path and objects on your way.

Note that when you approach a bend, the area inside the curve has shallow waters. If you’re on a lake, stay close to the shore. You don’t want to paddle somewhere that puts you in danger during unexpected thunderstorms.

Avoid touching objects in the water because it might tip off the balance of your canoe. When you come in contact with an obstacle, you might accidentally shift your weight and fall of your boat. If you get in the water, be calm as possible and distance yourself away from the canoe. Doing this will prevent you from getting trapped underneath. Be conscious of possible cracks and depressions that can catch your foot.

Ready to add canoeing to your life experiences? Happy paddling!