Sport touches many aspects of peoples’ lives — their health and well-being, their social networks, their sense of social connectedness. Organized sport can help children and adults alike grow, giving them a sense of achievement while building teamwork, leadership, problem-solving, decision-making, and communications skills. Sport also enables us to channel our energy, competitiveness and aggression in socially beneficial ways. Improving health through sport and other forms of physical activity may reduce future health-care costs and build lasting habits of physical fitness while combating the growing problem of obesity. Swimming offers more than just physical and health benefits. Just one aspect of the mental health benefits swimming offers is a boost of confidence for – life. If you’re wondering how to build confidence through swimming, keep on reading to understand what goes into building up a confident person.
Confidence is based on having good feelings about yourself and generally liking yourself. It’s Believing in yourself and in the things that you can do well, and being prepared to try. It is also knowing that you matter and knowing where you fit and belong within your family and the world. Lastly, it’s the result of feeling valued, wanted and respected.
Why is confidence important to have?
Once people have confidence, they can try new things and explore their world. They can also cope better when things go wrong and they believe that they can make good choices. There is nothing that will build confidence more than a person being able to say to themselves and believe, “I can really do that!”
Swimming is confidence building at any life stage!
The confidence you learn through swimming (or any other sport) permeates through all facets of life. While you can build confidence at any stage in your life, it is particularly formative for children. Children are still developing and growing and are therefore more malleable. Therefore setting up kids to be confident throughout their life instead of coming into confidence in later years.
Independence and confidence go hand in hand. As a person becomes more independent and internalizes it, the result is confidence! Independence is particularly important to establish with children. Often as adults, we offer kids over-assistance. It’s important to let kids make their own choices and mistakes so that they can learn from them. There’s helping and then there’s helping too much, it’s a tricky line that parents must stay conscious of so they don’t overstep.
The social aspect of swimming helps with building confidence as well. Water has always been a place of social interaction for humans. Lakeside, oceanside, or poolside – they’re great places to gather with friends and family. Not only does this socializing lead to better mental health, but it gives us a chance to develop our own social skills in a casual setting. When you’re taught to swim in a class or on a team, you learn to work with others. You learn from an instructor, you then help others learn. Swimming teaches you to work together to meet both your own, and team goals. These communication skills carry to all aspects of your life.
How to build confidence through swimming
In addition to the above mentioned; independence and socialization. The following also play a role in boosting self-confidence, and swimming happens to provide people with the opportunities to:
If you have a fear of water or a fear of losing control, a fear of change, a fear of trying something new or even social anxiety. Swimming can be a great way to overcome your fear, whatever it may be. The most difficult in this circumstance would be overcoming the fear of water, but people do this everyday. You can do it too! All it takes is perseverance, patience and practice. Once you overcome your fear, you will feel more confident and it will enable you to take on almost anything as long as you put your mind to it.
Set goals and meet them…
Depending on the age and physical condition of the swimmer, the goals of the swimmer differ greatly from person to person. Swimming is a sport that focuses on the individual and these strengths can be taken out of the water. Feeling a sense of accomplishment and achievement is extremely important for our psyche. When you set a goal and meet it, you begin to believe that you can indeed accomplish things and you begin to form a sense of achievement. This is integral to the, “I can really do that!” attitude.
Learn how to overcome obstacles…
Similarly to having goals and meeting them, you feel a sense of accomplishment when you can handle the unknowns. When life throws you an obstacle you aren’t always prepared to handle it, but you can learn how to overcome feeling unprepared and instead become adaptable. When learning or even just playing a sport you may encounter different types of obstacles. They might be physical, mental or emotional; an obstacle might involve your team or teammate (emotional), failure to get a swim stroke down right away (mental), or perhaps being in an overcrowded pool (physical).