Improving mental health through fishing

Contact with the natural environment - and completing an activity such as fishing - promotes good health. This is known as green exercise or green care by physiatrist.

These studies are a pun lovers' dream - "Does good health come to those who bait?" - with the most robust ones have finding that green exercise led to a significant improvement in self-esteem. And in fact, anger, confusion, dejection and anxiety all lessenen after fishing.

Both men and women had similar improvements in self-esteem after green exercise. For self-esteem, the greatest change was in the youngest, with diminishing effects with age; for mood, the least change was in the young and old. (The mentally ill had one of the greatest self-esteem improvements.)

Having spoken with some great care experts and having worked through the few robust studies in this area it is likely that fishing can help improve mental state.

Another reason to put down your mobile and pick up a fishing rod this summer.


Gavin Lockhart-Mirams