Nature has an extraordinary healing power to relax and rejuvenate us like nothing else. We are all well versed how spending time outdoors can benefit us physically and mentally. Now, neuroscientists have explicitly revealed the healing effects of going to the beach.
Re-energizes and calms you down
Scientists called the effect of the combination of soothing smells and sounds of water have on your brain as the “blue space.” That peaceful feeling from watching the waves going back and forth has a calming rhythm that subconsciously benefits your mind. Now you know why you feel calm and relax after a brief visit to the beach. Science says that it’s a change in the way your brain reacts to its environment leaving you feeling happy, relaxed, and re-energized.
Boosts your creativity
Are you stuck on a work assignment or feel as if you’re in a creative rut? Scientists are now pointing you to the beach for inspiration. Creativity is at its most brilliant when you are calm, relax, and not overly focused on your projects. That’s precisely what the blue space offers. Being at the beach allows you to clear your mind and approach problems or projects in a different light. You might even connect dots that you never thought were remotely linked. Much like meditation, the beach triggers a feeling of calmness that allows you to tune everything else out and reflect on what it is you need to focus.
Invites your inner child to splash around
There is nobody in the world that can resist a good old splashing game. It just never gets old, does it? Watch people dissolve into peals of laughter while they are at it and you will understand the power of water. There’s something about being in the water that helps people relax and let their hair down. It’s great to be reminded of the simple pleasures of life that we once knew so well as a kid.
Chase away the blues
Are you feeling down or simply having one of ‘those’ days? Head to the beach for a dose of pick-me-up! Water is full of natural positive ions that are known for having the ability to make you feel at ease. So, whether you jump in for a swim or dip your toes in the water, you’re sure to experience the positive calm. Simply being by the beach can provide relief to depression and help you chase away the blues. Being by the beach is one of nature’s instant mood boosters we could all use from time to time.
Monica Leong is a storyteller at heart. Graduated with a Journalism and Public Relations degree, she is currently working in corporate communications and also contributes as a freelance writer and editor. Before entering the corporate world, she worked in female lifestyle magazines such as Marie Claire, CLEO, and PEARL as an editor and a features writer. Monica is passionate about writing and working on a short story and flash fiction anthology.