Here’s Why My Counselor Advised Me To Go Fishing

Recently, my anxiety and depression took my life to the next level. Unfortunately, it was more on the negative side where I often found myself isolated, sad, and full of anguish. I understand that my mental health condition was unstable. That is why it hit me that I should seek professional advice. I’m down to that, actually, since I always knew that my mental illnesses could sometimes become too complicated to handle.

Seeking counseling is the first thing that went on my mind. I believe that there is more to it than meets the eye. Besides, it is one of the few processes that I know can guarantee me a change of perspective in my surrounding. So without any hesitations, I dive into the process.

While on the verge of looking for ways to cope with the symptoms of these mental illnesses, the counselor told me to work on a hobby. The doctor doesn’t know that before I considered seeking professional advice, I already tried to manage my mental health problems better. I told the counselor about that, so she suggested that I should go fishing. At first, I was quite hesitant because I am unsure what I want to do. Fortunately, I am glad I did.


The Overall Benefits Of Fishing

Great Form Of Exercise – Fishing may not look like a complete routine workout, but that is one good thing about it. It is a low-impact cardiovascular activity that can engage the shoulders, arms, back, legs and core. Fishing allows the body to become more active or easy-going as it needs to be without putting too much pressure on the target points. While working on fishing techniques requires the main muscle groups, heart, and lungs to work systematically. With that, it builds up the whole immune system’s ability without overstraining the whole body.

Builds An Improve Concentration – While some people find fishing a boring hobby, others find it effective in improving concentration. Since fishing associates more with quietness, there is no room for distractions. It requires a focus that is entirely helpful in turning the brain off since it often finds it hard to filter out what’s important. The fishing hobby somehow absorbs negative energy and makes you think about a current goal. It takes your thoughts and feelings away from other things that may be causing you frustration, such as everyday modern life stressors.

Reduces Stress – My counselor told me to go fishing due to the activity’s ability to reduce debilitating symptoms of stress. It is a therapeutic hobby that lowers anxiety and boosts a sense of calmness. That is because fishing is somehow comparable to meditation, where the only goal is to center the mind and body into doing something that requires waiting, breathing, and relaxing. Fishing provides both short-term and long-term relief for people with severe mental conditions. Some of which are post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), general anxiety disorder (GAD), and seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and other mental health conditions.


Promotes Healthy Eating – Fishing has a lot to do with fishes. Thus, another way to enjoy the hobby is by consuming the catch. Since fishes are packed with protein, vitamins, and nutrients that control lower blood pressure and lessen the risk of heart attack or stroke, fishing becomes a great source of healthy eating habits. So catching your own fish gives you an affordable source of a healthy and nutritious meal.

Boosts Emotional Balance – Fishing allows you to engage more with nature, and that particular engagement brings a massive effect on your emotional wellbeing. Being out on a lake, listening to the sound of nature surrounding you while looking at the views of the water improves mood, memory, and self-esteem. Fishing has an unexpected relationship with personal satisfaction, contentment, and happiness. It keeps you temporarily away from too much technology consumption, such as computers, tablets, and smartphones. Thus, it is truly one good hobby to achieving emotional intelligence.

Promotes Environmental Awareness – The benefits of fishing also touch the preservation of the balance of the natural environment. When you engage in the hobby, you emphasize respecting the natural habitats. Fishing adapts to the reproductive rate of fish and ensures the survival of all species, including those without commercial value. You also find time to appreciate small creatures that contributes a lot to the marine ecosystem. It promotes awareness of the importance of the world you are living in.



Fishing may seem to be a boring hobby, but it brings a lot of satisfaction and joy to those who see things differently. It may not help all individuals in terms of their emotional and mental distress, but it can guarantee a realization and tons of reasons why everyone should celebrate life.


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