A place for peace

Written by Bec Dudley

Neuroscientists strongly recommend that you visit the beach regularly. Here is why:

Have you ever had that incredible feeling of peace and calmness when you are at the beach? It is now being referred to as “blue space”. That is what scientists have dubbed the effect that the combination of soothing smells and sounds of water have on your brain. The blue space is enough to make you feel at ease in a hypnotic sort of way.

Overall, this blue space affects you in four different ways.

  1. Going to the beach reduces stress
    What is nature’s cure to life’s stressors? It’s full of naturally occurring positive ions that are known for having the ability to make you feel at ease. So, whether you jump in for a swim or simply dip your toes in the water, you are sure to experience a feeling of relaxation.
  2. The beach boosts your creativity
    Scientists now believe that the solution to a creative rut is – visit the beach. Being in blue space allows you to clear your head and approach problems or projects in a more creative way. 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 have been needing to focus on.
  3. Going to the beach can help reduce the feeling of depression
    Much like the effects that the beach has on feelings of stress and creative ruts, the beach also provides some relief to feelings of depression. The hypnotic sound of the waves in combination with the sight and smells of the beach can put you into a meditative space. In turn, you can clear your mind and reflect on life in a safe space away from the chaos of your daily life.
  4. Overall, spending time at the beach will change your perspective on life
    And that perspective is going to change for the better! Nature in general has always been a factor in healthy happy lives, but the beach in particular is so good for the soul.

Remember when you notice how relaxed you feel at the beach, it’s not just all in your head. Science says that it’s a change in the way your brain reacts to its environment leaving you feeling happy, relaxed and reenergised. So, grab your hat, sunscreen, umbrella and pack a picnic, because it’s time to head to the beach!