13 Feb What is Aquaphobia and How to overcome it?
You are afraid of water and dare not swim. This is completely and happens to a lot of people. However, every fear has a remedy. And here are some of our extremely useful “water fear” remedies to share with you.
Cause of fear of water
There are many people who are afraid of water and dare not swim, there are many causes of this fear, which can be:
– It often exists as an instinctive fear associated with the fear of drowning.
– It can be caused by an unclear fear, which could be hidden under the surface of the water in deep water, clouds, or mud.
– It could be related to a bad memory that happened during childhood.
– It may have been passed on to a child by a parent that they were afraid of water.
Self-esteem when seeing water
You don’t need to feel ashamed if you are afraid of water because everyone has different degrees of water confidence and water confidence levels can vary depending on the situation.
As a child, I acquired basic swimming skills and they developed when I learned to swim again. So I’m not afraid of swimming in pools or in small to medium ponds. However, if I swim in the lake or in the ocean, I still have a level of anxiety before starting, and especially if it’s in an unfamiliar location.
This is perfectly normal as even experienced swimmers may sometimes feel afraid of water or at least have a certain level of anxiety.
Create comfort in the water by doing some basic exercises
Having a support person by your side while doing the exercises can be of great help. Now let’s try to deal with your water fear by doing some basic water exercises. For maximum comfort when doing these exercises, you should follow the instructions below:
All exercises can and should be performed in shallow water. There is no water higher than your chest, so you can always feel safe.
- Doing exercises in the pool with clean water is best because you can see the water in the pool (or more accurately) not and so you will be more relaxed if you do it in dim water.
- For that same reason, you should wear safety goggles when exercising. This way, the water won’t get into your eyes and you can keep them open, which will help you relax.
- Having a support person by your side while doing the exercises can be of great help
- If you cannot get the help of a support person, you should exercise in a swimming pool supervised by a security guard to be able to watch over you.
- No need to rush through exercises. The main goal is to feel comfortable at all times. Even if you only do one workout at a time, it doesn’t matter if you feel comfortable.
- If you start to get stressed, slow down. Even if it takes weeks or months for you to get through all the exercises and overcome your fear of water, do so.
Adapts to water
To make you feel most comfortable in contact with water, do a few small exercises and then go into the water:
- At the end of the pool, shallow, sit on the edge of the pool and let your feet hang in the water, sweeping back and forth. Take the time to enjoy the feeling of water running around your feet.
- Take the water on your hand and use it on your face, as if to wash it. This is to get used to having your face in contact with water.
- Get the water back with your hands again, hold your breath and then fill your face with water. When you wear protective glasses, your eyes are protected and you can try to keep them open. When you are holding your breath and sitting upright, you should be aware that water cannot get into your nose and mouth. Experience the refreshing feel of water on your face.
- Gently move back and forth through the shallow water reaching your back, trying to feel the water flowing around your body.
Submerge the head in the water
The following exercises will allow you to gradually lower your head into the water until you feel comfortable with your head underwater.
- Hold your breath. Slowly until your lips are above the water. How does it feel? See if you can feel comfortable having water near your lips. Then stood up.
- Hold your breath. Slow down (with your mouth closed) and see if your pads get water. Take care not to get water in your mouth.
- After a while, notice that your nose is still above the water. If the water is calm and there are no waves, try to breathe through your nose with your mouth underwater. Note that you can breathe through your nose even though your mouth is underwater. Then stood up. Repeat this often to get comfortable breathing when your nose is near the water’s surface. Try to hold this position for a few seconds, then stand up to breathe.
- Hold your breath. Slowly as before. Now tilt your head slightly back. Slowly move down until your nose and ears are below the surface of the water but your eyes are still above the water. Because you are holding your breath, there is no way water can enter your mouth and only a little water is flowing into your nose. Notice how water gets into your ears and your hearing is blocked. Again try to hold this position for a few seconds before standing up.
Learn how to breathe underwater (blow water bubbles)
Once you feel comfortable with your head underwater, the next step to overcoming your fear of water is to know that it is possible to exhale in water without getting water in your nose and mouth. Learn how to blow bubbles.
- Inhale while standing in the shallow area of the pool and hold your breath. Then bend down so that your mouth is below the water but your nose is still above the water. Breathe out from your mouth, blowing bubbles in the water. You will realize that as long as you exhale, water cannot enter your mouth. The same is true if you hold your breath. Stand up again to breathe.
- Repeat the previous exercises. Keep your mouth closed and now slowly blow the bubbles through your nose. Again you will notice that water cannot penetrate your nose as long as you hold your breath or exhale. Stand up to breathe.
- Repeat the previous exercises but now blow the bubbles in the water through both your nose and mouth.
- In the end, repeat the previous exercise but with your head completely underwater.
The fear of water, also known as aquaphobia, is really not as scary as we think it is. You can use one of the above ways to overcome your fear of water. Don’t let fear overwhelm your enjoyment of swimming.