For some, skydiving is a one-and-done affair (which is completely fine by the way). For others, one foray into the wild blue yonder ignites a passion for more and elicits a fiery desire to explore all that the sport of skydiving has to offer. In the beginning, most jumpers have a voracious appetite for the sport, often becoming completely infatuated with their newfound pastime. Though, much like a real fire, at some point, many jumpers will begin to feel a little singed by their once-favorite hobby. This may leave you wondering: is it possible to keep the flames of excitement roaring without experiencing full-scale skydiving burnout?
Skydiving longevity is certainly attainable, and a walk around the dropzone proves it. Nearly every dropzone has members who have spent decades in skydiving. So, how do they do it? What’s their secret to beat burnout symptoms? Lean in close. We’ll tell you.
If you thought your days of learning were over once you snagged that A-license, we’ve got news for you. To beat skydiving burnout, you’ve got to keep your mind engaged. It just so happens that one of the easiest ways to do so is to keep learning! Within skydiving, there are many different disciplines of flight, so if you’re feeling a little stagnant, it might help to try out something new. From formation skydiving to freeflying, wingsuiting to canopy piloting, there’s so much to do. Find a qualified coach to learn from and give something new a try!
While it may be tempting to spend all your free time skydiving, it’s pretty much a one-way street straight to skydiving burnout. To maintain skydiving longevity, you need to have a little balance. By pursuing other hobbies like rock climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, yoga, or even bowling, you not only keep your interests diversified but you also improve neuroplasticity (aka your brain’s ability to change and adapt). Just by adding another hobby to the mix, you get to beat skydiving burnout and help your brain—we consider that to be a win-win!
Having a goal to strive for is an easy way to combat skydiving burnout and stress. If you’re the competitive type, you could set a goal to make the podium at the US Skydiving Nationals. If that’s not your speed, your goal could be to work toward earning the highest skydiving license available (which is a D license by the way). Or, maybe, you could set your sights on becoming an instructor to teach others to participate safely in this amazing sport. Whichever the case, setting an attainable skydiving goal can help you maintain momentum and prevent skydiving burnout.
Slow down! It can be easy to get in a rush to become a master skydiver. With “sky ninjas” all over the internet, you can be fooled into believing that you’ve got to evolve into greatness overnight. But, that’s just not how it works. The journey is just as important, if not more so, than the destination. In skydiving, there will always be more to strive for. Just take your time and enjoy the ride!
Burnout, Shmurnout! Follow the tips above, and you’ll ensure a long, rewarding skydiving journey.
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