4 Health Benefits Of Visiting The Beach
Neuroscientists strongly recommend that you visit the beach regularly. Well really, as if we need a reason? If you are a sun lover like me, you will never need a health reason to visit, or to be recommended by a scientist!
Even though I have become a "river rat" to water ski over summer, often you will still find me down at Bayside Melbourne, blogging in the cafés, sipping lattes before heading out to catch a few rays. Or on a weekend escape to one of my fav's, Bondi Beach, Sydney.
Core spirit, natural and alternative medicines say that spending time outdoors is great for you on both a physical and mental level, but the benefits of spending time especially at the beach are fantastic.
That incredible feeling of peace and calmness that you experience at the beach is now being referred to as “blue space.” That’s what scientists have dubbed the effect that the combination of soothing smells and sounds of water have on your brain. The blue space is enough to make you feel at ease in a hypnotic sort of way.
When you notice how relaxed you feel at the beach, it’s not just all in your head. Science says that it’s a change in the way your brain reacts to its environment leaving you feeling happy, relaxed and reenergized.
Overall, this blue space effects you in four different ways.
1. Going to the beach reduces stress
Water is nature’s cure to life’s stressors. It’s full of naturally occurring positive ions that are known for having the ability to make you feel at ease. So whether you jump in for a swim or just dip your toes in the water, you’re sure to experience a feeling of relaxation. That’s one instant mood booster we could all use from time to time!
2. The beach boosts your creativity
Feeling like you’re in a creative rut? Well, scientists now believe that the solution to this is the beach. Being in blue space allows you to clear your head and approach problems or projects more creatively. Much like meditation, the beach triggers a feeling of calmness that will enable you to tune everything else out and reflect on what it is you’ve needed to focus on.
3. Going to the beach can help reduce feelings of depression
Much like the effects that the beach has on feelings of stress and creative ruts, the beach also provides some relief to feelings of depression. The hypnotic sound of the waves in combination with the sight and smells of the beach can put you into a meditative space. In turn, you can clear your mind and reflect on life in a safe area away from the chaos of your daily life.
4. Overall, spending time at the beach will change your perspective on life
And that aspect is going to change for the better! Nature, in general, has always been a factor in healthy happy lives, but the beach, in particular, is so good for the soul.
So grab the SPF50, your bathers & hat, and pack a picnic, because it’s time to head to the beach!
Have a fabulous time.
What do you love about the beach? How does it make you feel?
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Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist. Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.
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