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Unleash the adrenaline!  Canadians are looking for new thrills to finally overcome the pandemic

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Get ready to burst! As the wave of the Omicron variant decreases and the sun rises, the thrill seeking increases.

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“It’s a time of ‘surge of excitement,’ with the past two years of unprecedented restrictions on life in a free society and the stress it has brought,” says Dr. Frank Farley, former president of the American Psychological Association and Professor Emeritus. at Temple University.

Leading the escape will be those whom Farley called T Types – “thrill-seeking (T) personalities who take risks among us.” There will be unhealthy eruptions, such as risky driving behaviors, domestic violence, or breaking COVID mitigation procedures, Farley says.

Then there’s the thrill-seeking that brings a euphoric buzz, like immersion in nature – think parks, adventure travel, theme parks, ziplines, and even a walk on the wild side like do the daring EdgeWalk at the CN Tower.

Bernice “Bunny” Harrison recently celebrated her 97th birthdayand birthday while swinging from the edge of Canada’s tallest structure with his family – his hands-free escapades have been making the rounds on social media. “Fantastic”, “super cool”, “awesome”, “incredible” and “truly inspirational” were posted on Instagram.

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Everyone gets something different from teetering on the edge – “thrill seekers find the excitement the EdgeWalk was built for. The waverers often find the courage they never thought they had,” says Matt Clarke, director of attractions at the CN Tower.

“For many, the sight and feeling of being on the edge, feeling the elements 116 stories above the city, is exhilarating. It inspires a sense of accomplishment and endless possibilities,” says Clarke.

Unleash the adrenaline!  Canadians are looking for new thrills to finally overcome the pandemic
Canada’s Wonderland Photo provided /Canada’s Wonderland

Dizzying rides are just one part of the adrenaline-pumping, mood-boosting activities sought after by those locked down for so long. Canada’s Wonderland has been drawing excited crowds since it opened the weekend of April 30, with many looking for thrills on the craziest roller coasters, including Leviathan or Yukon Striker – the longest, tallest, and fastest diving roller coaster. the fastest in the world that plunge passengers into a 90-degree drop through an underwater tunnel.

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In fact, Canada is home to some of the world’s most exhilarating amusement parks: Besides the iconic Canada’s Wonderland, you have La Ronde in Montreal, the sprawling Galaxyland in West Edmonton Mall (considered the world’s largest North America’s indoor attractions) at Calaway Park in Calgary and Magic Mountain Water Park in Moncton, to name a few – they’re all prime spots to get your heart pumping and adrenaline pumping for Canadian thrill seekers.

Psychologist Judy Kurianski reports that extreme rides expose us to good fear. Nausea-inducing drops and jaw-dropping twists are seen as safe and predictable. The roller coaster is therefore therapeutic, especially since we can cry out our anxieties.

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“Speed, drops, barrel rolls and gravity-defying loops all work together to deliver an extreme adrenaline-pumping experience unlike anything else,” says Grace Peacock, communications director for Canada’s Wonderland.

“This year we may see many guests taking on a new ride or roller coaster just for the sense of accomplishment. I imagine that after all that people have been through, they can have a new appreciation for the experiences that can spark such unbridled joy,” says Peacock.

People want to enjoy life and do memorable things with their friends and family, she says, adding that many guests have expressed how good it is to be around other people and to be together again. social.

According to Farley, social restrictions during the pandemic have had serious consequences, especially on our mental health. “We are a social animal, and turning hugs into horror, making touch toxic, was deeply against our nature. Hiding our expressive faces behind a mask became ‘the mask of grief!

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“Fears and tears have become common features of many lives, with fears limiting our behavior. Some were losing that feeling of love and wanted to get it back! Farley said. “Despair and loneliness have become unwanted intruders. Will I feel alive again, with good things to look forward to? »

So, for many of us, a refresher course is needed, adds Farley, emphasizing that we shouldn’t exaggerate to make up for lost time. Injecting healthy, positive excitement into our lives should be on the list, but we need to keep in mind that COVID is still around and can do harm.

“You don’t have to travel to exotic climates to get a thrill (T) value. Weekend trips, zoos, nature parks, concerts, museums, local sports league memberships, theme parks and Thrill rides – a super coaster can give you bodily thrills that a stunt pilot might envy – are just some of the many possibilities given your personal limitations.

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Trying new things can be very helpful. Starting a garden, learning a new activity or skill, taking up a new hobby, things that are different from your pandemic time can break your bonds of boredom and help restore your sense of freedom, agency and personal control over your life, adds Farley.

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Farley adds that the pandemic has really been two pandemics – the first being viral, the next pandemic being psychological, reflecting the stress and mental health consequences of the viral pandemic.

A recent American Psychological Association survey of people’s stress found that 63% of respondents said their lives had been changed forever by the prolonged pandemic. Other stressors include inflation, currency stress, the invasion of Ukraine, and global uncertainty.

“We can expect many people to try to manage their stressors by deciding that they can’t handle them all and by pursuing new or different experiences in their lives.”

Farley adds that since taking risks and engaging with uncertain outcomes are important ingredients of creativity and innovation, “Type T behavior in response to the pandemic and its end should show strong elements of creativity, such as new adventures, for example, space travel and a wave of innovation in the arts and sciences.

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