Make friends. Join a group of swimmers – a competitive group if that is your thing but it does not have to be. Remember that the après-swim coffee is best drunk in company
Have fun. Do the occasional silly thing with your regular swimming ... like diving for lollies, making up a game
Tune in as well as out. Meditate (see the blog below). Let all your worries pass from your mind into the water. Allow the water to envelop and support you. Allow your mind to feel refreshed when you get out. The world will look better to you and you will look better to the world
And how not to ....
Always swim indoors. We need fresh air and sunshine to elevate our mood – and, preferably, waves, salt and (nice) fish
Rely on the internet for technique tips. Yes, the information you need to improve your swimming is on the internet. But so is a lot of confusing rubbish, so much so that it is hard to find the good stuff, so you are best to avoid it. Get a good coach (I can recommend one) or read a reliable swimming magazine instead
Try to fix all your technique faults at once. Even for the multi-taskers among us (and that term is a nonsense by the way), this just doesn’t work. Concentrate on one issue at a time and repeat it over and over again.