Ski Therapy


by Pamela Tinkham, LCSW, C-IAYT, SEP


What’s the best treatment for depression and anxiety?  MINDFULNESS

Mindfulness, or being mindful, is being fully aware of your present moment. You are not judging, reflecting, or thinking. You are simply observing the moment in which you find yourself. After skiing with my Yogini (female Yogi) buddies this weekend with wind chills below zero degrees, I realized that ski therapy is a wonderful way of cultivating mindfulness.

Being present does not allow you to ruminate about the past or to worry about the future. When you are on a mountain with ice and snow piles in between where your skis can get caught, you cannot be anything but present. All of the sudden everything you were obsessing about goes away because you must be present “OR DIE” .

This form of mindfulness can be done with any activity that pushes you to your most fearful edge. It can be snowboarding; zip lining, rock climbing or even riding a bike if that is difficult for you. Choosing an activity that pushes you to face your fears, work through them, and come to the other side can increase your self-awareness, self-esteem, and overall sense of courage.

It’s never too late to try a new activity and greatly advantageous to find the warrior within and the strength that you did not believe you had! Thanks to my daredevil friend Jackie, I was able to push through my greatest fears to have an awesome weekend.

Love to all of you and thanks for reading!


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