As we enter each new year, health and wellness tends to be top of mind for many people. Specifically, when it comes to our mental health, do you know that the sea can be a powerful natural medicine for tbe mind? Read on to learn about a few mental health benefits of the sea for a happy, healthy 2023!
The Sea Promotes Mindfulness and Calm
Have you ever felt overwhelmed or preoccupied by thoughts swirling in your head? The water can help you return to the present moment with a sense of peace and calm. With our world moving quicker than ever before and bringing what seems like a constant information overload, being by the sea can help slow down your thoughts so you can be present to take in the beautiful environment.
According to Marine Biologist Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, boating induces what’s called a “blue mind,” which refers to feelings of happiness and wellbeing, This “blue mind” is possible when people are able to break away from the daily noise and be fully present while on the water.
The Sea Promotes Creativity and Overall Wellness
Moreover, the sea promotes creativity! In fact, according to a study published in the American Association for the Advancement of Science Journal, “Blue is associated with a boost of creativity. Staring at the ocean actually changes our brain waves’ frequency and puts us into a mild meditative state.” Also, according to Ventura Counseling & Wellness Center, studies have shown that touching the earth can be restorative for your immune system and even reduce certain kinds of pain and inflammation.
The Sea Can Help Improve Your Sleep!
Further, have you ever wondered why all those meditation and mindfulness apps have sounds of the waves and the sea? According to The Healthy Journal, “Looking at a blue sky and blue ocean can actually help to calm down your brain. The noises of the waves rolling in and out is a type of white noise that can help to “de-stimulate” your brain and slow down our central nervous systems.” This all helps you get a good night’s sleep and a healthy, refreshed start the next morning. Sounds like a no brainer to me!
Finally, if you’re looking to put these ideas into practice, there’s actually a specific mindfulness exercise you can do next time you’re down by the sea, check it outhere.