Can The Beach Really Help Improve Our Mental Health And Well-Being?

Have you ever noticed how relaxed, calm and serene you feel when you’re at the beach?
Have you also noticed that after you spend a whole day at the beach you feel relaxed and rejuvenated even after you get home?

Well, that’s the effect of the beach. It sure has a calming effect on our minds. But did you know that being at the beach can also have a dramatic effect on your entire body and overall health and well-being?

It’s a proven fact. According to Lora Fleming of the University of Exeter in England, from as early as the 18th century, doctors have been prescribing visits to the beach or the ocean for “bathing hospital” where the patients were treated with seawater baths.

That said; let’s take a look at some of the health benefits of the ocean or the beach

Health benefits

One of the most important ways through which the ocean benefits our health is by the waves of the ocean. The calm and peaceful feeling that we get when we are at the ocean can be attributed to the negative ions that the ocean waves produce. These negative ions have the ability to improve oxygen absorption by our body and also balance the serotonin levels, which affects our mood. This is precisely why being at the beach can give us a positive mental energy and improve our overall mental health. It can also make us sleep better.

Apart from that, the waves of the ocean produce a certain sound that has regular wave patterns and are hence soft and soothing to listen to. This helps to decrease Cortisol levels in our body, which is another hormone responsible for stress.

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Last but not least, the flat and simple surface of the ocean also has a relaxing effect on our bodies. According to several scientists, human beings generally tend to feel safe and secure in places that are not visually complex. For the same reason, forests and busy cities do not really seem like safe places because of the chances for predator animals or villains etc.to attack us.
On the other hand, at the ocean, we can see our surroundings for quite some distance and there is nothing to be wary of. This gives us a sense of control over our environment and a feeling of stability and predictability, which in turn dramatically affects our mental health.

Now that we have a great reason to be at the beach, why don’t we make it a weekly thing? We would be doing a huge favor to our bodies and minds that constantly work for us non-stop.

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