Visiting The Beach More Often Is Good For Your Mental Health, Say Neuroscientists

Visiting The Beach More Often Is Good For Your Mental Health, Say Neuroscientists

Nature always has been beneficial when it came to health, but heading to the beach may be the best thing to do if you really need a break!

When someone mentions the word 'vacation' we automatically imagine a beachside resort, chilling on a chair with a beer in our hand, sand in between our toes and the beachy vibes all over. Perfect Insta post that would make, wouldn't it? Spending some time by the beach, soaking in some vitamin sea is good for you and so, so relaxing. It gives us the detox we so badly need. Generally, spending time outdoors is good for you, mentally, and physically, but it's been proven that spending some time by the beach actually has a lot of benefits and those benefits have been revealed. Did you know there's a term for the feeling you experience at the beach? The feeling of peace and calmness is known as 'blue space', a term used to describe the combination of the effect the soothing smells and sounds of water have on your brain.


All those times we hoped the beach would cure us of our problems in our life were actually working. Science says there's a change in the way your brain reacts to a coastal environment leaving you feeling happy, relaxed and reenergized. There's more than one benefit to gain by going to the beach. Now that you have the perfect excuse, what are you waiting for? Shouldn't you be looking for hotels by the beach now?


Going to the beach helps reduce stress: Water, for some reason, is known to just wash away your stress. Doesn't a hot bath help you when you're tired and stressed about work? Same way, by going to the beach, and dipping your toes in the water, or plain diving into the gorgeous ocean for a swim will both help you immensely. You'll feel relaxed almost immediately and this is one therapy we can completely indulge in, don't you agree?


If you need to boost your creativity, go to the beach: Do you think your brain's not functioning properly, so ideas aren't flowing like it usually does? HEAD TO THE BEACH, no kidding. Scientists now believe that going to the beach is now the solution for your creativity block. Being in a blue space lets you clear your head and gives you a better solution to your problems or projects in a more creative way. Going to the beach is like meditating for a while; it lets you tune out everything else and just focus on the problem at hand, thus leaving you with a proper solution. 


Going to the beach will also help you deal with depression: Who can feel depressed when they're at the beach? Coping with depression when you go to the beach works quite similarly to how you feel when you go there to help with your creativity. The wind and the waves, and the sight and smell of the beach will put you into a state of meditation and can clear your mind and help with clearing your mind and reflecting on your life in a space where you can spend away from your daily life and the chaos that accompanies it. 


"These slow, whooshing noises are the sounds of non-threats, which is why they work to calm people," says Orfeu Buxton, an associate professor of biobehavioral health at Pennsylvania State University. It's like they're saying, Don't worry, don't worry, don't worry. The sound of waves can help you achieve a meditative state, which is proven to heal and strengthen your brain.


According to Richard Shuster, PsyD, clinical psychologist, he agrees that blue has a profound calming effect on people. "Staring at the ocean actually changes our brain waves' frequency and puts us into a mild meditative state," says Shuster. Different colors produce different psychological effects on people, and the color blue is used to calm people down. Basically surrounding yourself with the color blue will actually calm you down. Now you know why it's called a blue space?


Also, when you head to the ocean and take a whiff of the salty air there, it helps your brain receive instant effect. The negative ions (oxygen ions with an extra electron attached, produced via water molecules) in the ocean air actually helps calm your brain. Negative ions have a pronounced anti-depressant effect as well. As early as 1932, American research engineer Dr. Clarence Hansell noticed that the mood of one of his colleagues fluctuated in response to the type of ions - cheerful when subjected to positive ions and gloomy when subjected to negative ones. Overall, spending some time at the beach is only going to change your perspective of life for the better!


Disclaimer : This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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