Staying calm during freediving is very important as it triggers your actions while you are in deep waters freediving. Knowing when and how to relax is vital for a good experience in freediving.
We all are mere human beings and full of all kinds of anxieties and stress. Anxiety often serves as obstacles and stops you from pursuing the sport and taking all its advantages. On top of this the heart rate rockets through the roof, if you're not comfortable, i.e. you're anxious or afraid. This burns the very needed oxygen, thus cutting short the dives before the scheduled time.
Why relaxing is important while freediving
Imagine when you are several feet down under the water, your decision-making ability is compromised by the outcome of the stress, you might end up making an unreasonable decision that threatens your life.
One must learn to carefully control mind and body if they are passionate about freediving. Mastering the act of relaxation can take you to new levels of professional freediving. This not only makes the game a healthier and happier experience but also it becomes safe in the long run.
Suggestions to stay relaxed
1. Learn to govern your mind
One of the sole reasons when even professional freedivers fail to control their minds and lose their calm is that they have poor and negative thoughts all over their minds and conscience.
Let us suppose, you are deep underwater and you suddenly initiate a series of negative thinking or any type of fearful feelings, this will elevate your heart rate and you are going to burn the oxygen supply and ultimately end your freedive. These conditions may also lead to blackouts even before you reach for the surface.
2. Practice Yoga
The most used and tested is the “Pranayama Yoga” position for relaxing in case of a freedive lesson. Pranayama is a yoga branch that focuses primarily on your breath being regulated. For a large range of causes, monitoring the breath may be used, and relaxing during freediving greatly helps. And Pranayama is very useful for apnea in freediving.
3. Try to master a better breatheup
Practise your breath up techniques smartly, when you are on the breathe-up, the easiest way to remain calm is to keep things as easy as possible. A number of professional freedivers have even more complicated breathe-ups, such as keeping in for five to six seconds, then inhaling for ten seconds per three or four exhales, etc.
4. Healthy Diet
Have a healthy diet before your freedive, try to avoid smoking cigarettes and consuming alcohol, all kinds of food having higher salt and sugar content as these may increase your heart rate which is bad for anxiety.