Updated: Nov 3, 2019
In support of Mental Health Awareness Week, we asked Urban Uprising Ambassador, Hazel Findlay, to share some of the reasons why she thinks climbing can improve mental health. Here’s what she had to say…
1. Personal Development
Climbing is an uncomfortable sport in the sense that it pushes people to leave their comfort zones. If approached in the correct way learning how to respond to the stress of climbing can be incredibly empowering from a mental training perspective. If you can manage fear and stress in a climbing situation you can learn how to do the same thing in any stressful situation that might crop up, for example in a work environment. Understanding our emotional responses to certain situations and learning how to control them is a great tool for personal development and improving mental health.
Approaching climbing with a mastery mindset adds further health benefits. To try and master a skill like climbing can fill your life with purpose and meaning. Many people find that goals and ambition aids their mental health because it gives them direction. Many people suffering from depression note that their lives feel meaningless and they feel lost; learning and improving at something like climbing can be an antidote to that feeling.