Freelance travel writer Joe Minihane spent two years swimming through the British Isles in a bid to conquer anxiety. He has swum in rivers, lakes, lidos and bays of the UK in an attempt to soothe his troubled mind and find a way of taking the calm he felt in the water out into his day-to-day life.

Joe tracks his journey in his debut book titled Floating: A Life Regained where he talks about the “years of anxiety” that made him an “expert at making imaginary mountains out of non-existent molehills” and swimming’s ability to scare him and calm him all at once. To the question, ‘how do you overcome anxiety with swimming?’ Joe answers: “Once I’d let my overactive imagination work through this implausible scenario, I realised I was actually in the grip of an intense adrenalin rush.” And then people wonder why you keep doing it…

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Joe Minihane

Freelance travel writer Joe Minihane has written for the likes of Lonely Planet, the Independent, and CNN Travel, and has launched his debut book titled Floating: A Life Regained. The story follows his attempts to recreate Roger Deakin's influential Waterlog, swimming through the British isles, in a bid to conquer anxiety. Joe spent two and a half years swimming in the rivers, lakes, lidos and bays of the UK in an attempt to soothe his troubled mind and find a way of taking the calm he felt in the water out into his day-to-day life.

Floating: A Life Regained is now available to buy on Kindle and hardback.


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