Look, it’s midsummer. The appeal of the heat, if not completely gone, has at least dissipated. Your kids are becoming susceptible to “Sunday Dread” as the back-to-school countdown approaches, making everyone cranky. How do you combat this? What’s the one summer activity that has the power to relax and restore you and your family? Swimming. Even the word is refreshing, crisp and clarifying.
Submerging yourself under water has major restorative power. Just being near the water is calming and a proven stress reliever (great for those of us who have visions of the apocalypse when temperatures rise over 86 degrees). Clearly John the Baptist knew what he was doing when he gave people a good dunk.
Monica Berg, founder of Raising Malawi, writes about the benefits of swimming for GOOP: “Is it possible that something as simple as water can wash away our fears, worries and doubts, and give us a sense of renewal and certainty?” In a word: yes. “Finding Nemo’s” own Dori, in one of her rare moments of clarity, said it best, “Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming!”
So there you go, swimming: the one thing John the Baptist, Gwyneth Paltrow and Dori all have in common. Have I convinced you yet? If not, here’s eleven more reasons to go jump in a lake: