The ocean, the sea, a lake, a river, a waterfall – each body of water conjures a feeling inside of us even as we read the words. You don’t have to be an outdoorsy person to acknowledge that spending time by the water can leave you feeling rested, recharged, soothed, and restored. Many people feel that the farther away from the beach, the more stressed out and unhappy they feel.
It’s actually a very natural and scientific reaction, which researchers call “blue space”. An area surrounded by the color blue can help you feel less blue, a new study finds.
Being in a space where you have lots of opportunity to gaze at blue spaces — bodies of water like the sea — is associated with lower levels of stress, researchers have found.
So what exactly happens when we spend time by the water? Our minds are sent into a restful almost hypnotic space thanks to the soothing smells, sights and sounds of the water.
Scientists have proof that as they continue to study blue space that spending time in one can’t help but boost your mental health.
It reduces depression
It’s a fact that the sounds of waves can put people in a true meditative state. That state in turn is linked to increased mental clarity and reduced depression.
It makes you more creative
Being in a blue space can also boost your creativity. Because your brain is relaxed, you are more likely to drift and imagine more than you are on a day to day basis.
It de-stresses you
Taking a dip also helps because the water is full of naturally occuring negative ions. Some scientists believe that the positive ions given off by the everyday technologies leave us feeling angry, cranky, and overworked. Naturally occurring negative ions counteract all of this.
It changes your perspective on the world
Plus it doesn’t hurt to be reminded that there are things bigger on this planet then us, our commutes, or a traffic jam. Being in the presence of nature is extremely soothing
I guess this means it is only a matter of time before doctors are prescribing beach time alongside antidepressants! It may just work better than all the medicine out there!