Elevate your summer and wellbeing with the ultimate adrenaline-fuelled bucket list

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Elevate your summer and wellbeing with the ultimate adrenaline-fuelled bucket list

Words by Staff Writer

The ultimate bucket list to boost your well-being.

As the summer sun begins to (finally) make its way back into our lives, Aussies are trading in the beach towels for a new trend with a dose of Skydive Therapy. In a bid to break free from the monotony of routine, adrenaline junkies and those seeking a mental health pick-me-up are turning to heart-pounding experiences.

Leading psychologist, Dr Eric Brymer, explains the science behind it, advocating for the transformative power of adventurous experiences. According to him, these activities propel individuals out of their comfort zones, fostering a sense of accomplishment and the freedom to truly live in the moment.

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“For many people, adventure enables them to move past their comfort zones or fears and truly live in the moment, which can be psychologically freeing. As a result, Aussies who partake in adventure have reported feeling more capable than they’ve ever imagined, or believe they now see the world slightly differently,” he says.

“Over the course of my career, I’ve taken great interest in adventure through the lens of psychology, and this latest “skydive therapy” trend is testament to the fact that it’s important for us all to embrace a life with a little more adventure in it.”

And the statistics back it up! A recent survey from adventure marketplace Adrenaline shows that a whopping 77% of young Aussies are actively seeking adventure to enhance their mental well-being. The research highlights the profound impact of adventure, making participants feel happier (45%), more accomplished (43%), and more self-confident (33%).

With summer right around the corner and the end of the working year within reach, we’ve got the ultimate bucket list to boost your well-being.

Curated by Dr. Brymer, these experiences promise to inject excitement, accomplishment, and a touch of the extraordinary into your life. Get ready to break free from routine and embrace the thrill!

1. Skydiving: Dive into the Abyss of Positivity

Ready to defy gravity? Skydiving tops the list as the ultimate adventure to elevate your spirits. Plunging from dizzying heights not only challenges your fears but also unlocks a profound sense of accomplishment. Dr. Brymer attests to the psychological freedom that comes from soaring through the sky – it’s like therapy, but with an adrenaline kick.

2. V8 Driving: Feel the Roar of Freedom

For those who prefer their thrills on the ground, V8 Driving offers a high-octane solution. Slip into the driver’s seat of a powerful machine, feel the engine’s roar, and navigate the twists and turns of the track. It’s not just a drive; it’s a journey into the heart of freedom and speed.

3. Swim with Dolphins and Seals: Dive into Nature’s Playground

Nature beckons in the form of a magical underwater encounter – swimming with dolphins and seals. Immerse yourself in the ocean alongside these playful beings, and let the joyous connection elevate your spirits. Dr. Brymer highlights the emotional engagement and natural immersion that make this experience a must-try for a mental health boost.

4. Canyoning: Nature’s Water Wonderland Adventure

Take your love for water to new heights with canyoning. Navigate through nature’s water wonderland, cascading down waterfalls and exploring hidden gorges. It’s not just a physical challenge; canyoning provides a unique opportunity to connect with nature, offering a refreshing escape from the everyday hustle.

5. Learn to Surf: Ride the Waves of Self-Discovery

Surf’s up! Learning to ride the waves is more than a sport; it’s a journey of self-discovery. Dr. Brymer encourages embracing the surf culture as you conquer the ocean’s rhythmic challenges. It’s not just about standing on a board; it’s about riding the wave of personal growth and embracing the unpredictable.

6. Scenic Flights: Soar to New Heights of Perspective

For a panoramic dose of awe, embark on a scenic flight. Drift through the skies and witness the world from a breathtaking perspective. The emotional engagement triggered by the vast landscapes below can be a profound experience, expanding your horizons and fostering a sense of wonder.

7. Swim with Sharks: Confront Fears Underwater

Ready for a face-to-face encounter with the ocean’s apex predators? Swimming with sharks is not just an adrenaline rush; it’s a chance to confront fears head-on. Dr. Brymer explains that facing such challenges can be psychologically freeing, leaving you with a sense of empowerment and accomplishment.

8. Jet Boats: Feel the Rush of Wind and Water

Hold onto your hats! Jet boating delivers an exhilarating combination of speed, turns, and splashes. The rush of wind and water against your face is an instant mood booster. Dr. Brymer recommends this experience for its ability to engage the senses and induce a thrill that lingers long after the ride.

Despite the evident benefits, the research from Adrenaline shows that many Aussies face barriers to adventure. Concerns about affordability, not wanting to go alone, and not feeling adventurous enough top the list. But fear not! Dr. Brymer encourages everyone to embrace a life with a little more adventure in it.

So, what are you waiting for? Dive into the exhilarating world of Skydive Therapy, embrace the unknown, and make this summer unforgettable!

For more information and to kick-start your adventure journey, head here