How Surfing Can Help Mental Health Recovery

Diagnosed with bipolar disorder, he sat in that hospital for 10 days confronting the illness that had infiltrated his life but he had never spoken about.

“It was the toughest 10 days of my life. After hiding it for so long and then being stuck in a place where everyone is fighting it,” Trebilco told The Huffington Post Australia.

When he got out of the hospital, he packed his things and left Australia, he went back home to New Zealand to be with family.

It was there he was finally able to begin his recovery, and it was by going out surfing with his Dad — who also has bipolar — that really saw him through it. Anyone that is considering embarking on a similar journey might want to check out some men’s surf wetsuits to prepare them for their travels.

“I remember catching a wave one day, and it wasn’t the best wave I’ve ever caught but it was the first time in so long I’d smiled and actually felt it like I didn’t feel numb again. I had so much fun that day. I had never tried surfing before but after my dad told me that surf camps are fun, I decided to give surfing a go. I’m so glad that I did. It’s really changed my mental health and recovery process and it’s super fun and exciting too!” Surfing is a very popular form of watersports and it has many different benefits. Surfing is good for your body, mind, and spirituality. Perhaps you’re trying to help a friend or family member out of their dark mental illness and you’re thinking surfing may help them to feel a thrill for life again, look into something like these bodyboards for sale from Ann’s Cottage. Any form of sports is worth trying as a form of recovery. Exercise can distract the mind and make the body feel good.