A Lesson from “The World’s Most Beautiful Beaches”
I live near “the world’s most beautiful beaches.” White sand, sun and emerald green waters are the recipe for stress relief in my book. But there is something critically important to know about swimming here. When the red flags are flying, it seriously means, “DO NOT go in the Gulf”. The danger is hidden & deceptive and it has a name: Rip Current.
Rip currents are deadly because people panic and often drown from the exhaustion of fighting the current. As a Florida native, I’ve been schooled from an early age about what to do if you get caught in a rip current. The key is to go with the flow. If possible, floating on top of the water is the best action to take.
Some wonder about that logic, since the current is a fast flow to deep waters. But the key is, once you are out of the current, you can swim horizontally to avoid the current and get back to shore. The sad thing about fear and panic is they typically override logic.
The connection is clear when this concept is applied to stress management, so I teach a program called the “FLOAT” Approach to Stress. The principles are timeless, yet they bear repeating since stress still kills – deceptive bugger that it is. I’ll be back Thursday with a video and 5 strategies that will sail your boat. Even if you’re not a strong swimmer, I’ll teach you how to FLOAT!