Are you getting bogged down with the stresses of life and in need of relief? Maybe a trip to the beach is the perfect remedy. Scientific studies show that it is actually good for your physical and mental health, so it might just be what you need to clear your head and regain balance.
Relaxation for the Mind
When we stare at the sea, it has a calming effect on the body and puts the mind in a mild meditative state according to psychologist Richard Shuster. Throw in the soothing sound of the lapping sea and the gentle touch of the sea breeze, and the rest of the world with it’s worries momentarily melts away.
What exactly is it about the sea that has this calming effect? It could be the fact that the air near the sea is rich in negative ions, meaning that the oxygen atoms have an extra electron, which when breathed in contribute to a relaxed state of mind. Or perhaps its the visual effect of the colors. One study found that seeing green and blue brings tranquility and can even stimulate creativity in the brain.
Exercise for the Body
The coast is the perfect playground for physical activity. Whether it’s a jog along the shore, a dip in the sea, or a graceful routine of calisthenics, the coast abounds with opportunity for all ages to stay fit.
Perhaps these opportunities for activity have something to do with why those living closer to the coast report both significantly better mental and general health according to one English study.
With its accompanying picturesque backdrops, the sea is an ideal setting to refocus. Next time you go, consider putting the phone away and just enjoy what lies before you.