Studies have shown that the beach is one of the best places to reduce stress and heal your brain.
I have always said that I think I belong at the beach since that’s the place I feel the best – and scientist agrees with that! In 2012, a University of Exeter study found out that simply living close to a beach improves one’s health and well-being, and isnt that just awesome? Unfortunately, I don’t think all of us can buy a beach house, but prioritizing getting outdoors and spend time by water will still help you stay mentally fit.
Marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols says that “There are all these cognitive and emotional benefits that we derive every time we spend time by water. Once you get into it, you realize that it’s chemistry, it’s biology, it’s physiology. It’s deeply personal but it’s also strong science.”
This is how the beach keeps you healthy:
“These slow, whooshing noises are the sounds of non-threats, which is why they work to calm people,” says Orfeu Buxton, professor of biobehavioral health. “It’s like they’re saying: “Don’t worry, don’t worry, don’t worry.” So yes, the waves are basically giving us all a pep talk.
Salty air may give your brain instant benefits due to negative ions (oxygen ions with an extra electron attached, produced via water molecules). These ions help calm your brain and research engineer Dr. Clarence Hansell noticed that they have an antidepressant effect as well. going out for a gulp of fresh air actually helps your brain in stressful situations.
I think it’s commonly known that different colors produce different psychological, emotional, and physical effects on us – and the color blue makes us calm. The Global Healing Center advises individuals to actually surround themselves in blue as a way to reduce stress. According to clinical psychologist Richard Shuster, “Staring at the ocean actually changes our brain waves’ frequency and puts us into a mild meditative state”.
Walking barefoot at a beach with the sand between your toes have a number of stimulating benefits to our bodies and minds since our feet contain a huge network of nerves and acupuncture points. The earth is negatively charged, so when you walk barefoot on the beach, you’re connecting your body to a negatively charged supply of energy. The result is one that many of us feel as soon as we kick off our shoes, a tingling warm sensation.