Feeling a little bit stressed out and anxious lately? Studies suggest that being near the seaside is good for your health which is long-lived wisdom. Although there are some people who see the hazards the ocean possesses to human health, including floods, storms, and dangerous algal blooms or pollution, research shows that spending time by the ocean has many positive effects on health and well-being, according to LiveScience.com.
It’s true for most of us that going to the beach and playing on the sand were some of the unforgettable childhood memories we’ve had. Today, science has engaged and absorbed it to what our child’s brain already is familiar with. The beach without any doubt is one of the best places to go if we need to relieve stress and produce calm in our lives. Want to know more? Keep on reading!
It Boosts Your Mood
The beach gives you the feeling of Zen since the color blue has been identified by plenty of people to be associated with feelings of peace and calm. This is why staring at the ocean changes our brain waves’ frequency and places us into a mild meditative state. Even the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s journal found out the blue is related to boosting one’s creativity.
Gain the Meditative States In Our Brains
The sound of the crashing waves on the shore is one of the reasons why a beach is a place of peace and serenity. According to BrainTap.com, an associate professor of Biobehavioral Health at Penn State named Orfeu Buxton mentioned that the slow whooshing noises are the sounds of non-threats, the reason why they effectively work to calm and relax people. The waves are saying: ” Don’t worry, don’t worry, don’t worry.”
This is why there are plenty of romantic getaways and beach retreat places that offer people to experience the best sleep they can possibly have in their lives at the beach. The peaceful sounds of the waves labor with our brains’ natural rhythms to produce deep, relaxing sleep which is one of the most crucial things our body needs to heal and release stress.
Release Negative Ions in the Air
Did you know that just by the smell of the ocean breeze can contribute to your soothed state? Because it’s associated with the negative ions in the air that you’re breathing in. Waterfalls and the oceans have oxygen atoms that have extra electrons and negative ion therapy that could be utilized to treat symptoms of seasonal affective disorder, according to a study published in the Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine.
Negative ions in the air are not bad for us, they are in fact helpful to our bodies. Negative ions help in renewing cell metabolism, purify the blood, clean the blood, remove the air of allergens and pollen that can make you feel uncomfortable, and balance the autonomic nervous system that boosts deep sleep and relaxation. That’s why the air just smells different at the beach.
Just by simply walking barefoot in the sand has shown a stimulating effect on our bodies and minds. In science, this is known as grounding. Surprisingly, our feet come with nerves and acupuncture points and walking barefoot on the sand activates these points to make us feel relaxed and calm. Walking barefoot connects us to that source of energy which can motivate the warm feeling of calm and relaxation that helps our bodies and minds heal.
Ivandrea Ollero is a writer for Kims Romantic Getaways Sydney, one of Australia’s beach retreat places immersed in subtropical rainforest offering a cluster of lavish individual timber bungalows and spa villas on the beach. She is also a content crafter who researches and writes custom content about travel, fashion, finance, business, home improvements, health, and beauty in order to provide helpful information and tips for her readers. Ivandrea graduated from St. Scholastica’s College, Manila, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2016.