Who doesn’t love spending time at the beach? The fresh air and sound of the waves can be an excellent escape from our busy lives. Spending time outdoors is good for you on both a physical and mental level, however, spending time specifically on the beach has some advantages of its own. This could be why residents of Hawaii are ranked the happiest in the whole country for six consecutive Gallop surveys. Another research by Kobe University in Japan found that people who live in a house with a view of the ocean are calmer than those who don’t. So, without further ado, here are a few reasons why you should be taking a beach vacation every now and then.
1. A visit to the beach can have a huge impact on your stress level.
Apart from all the vitamin D from the sun, the naturally occurring positive ions can put you in a relaxed state. Feeling the ocean water also increases the release of the “feel-good” hormones, so, you’re sure to experience a state of relaxation.
2. The color blue is associated with feelings of calm and peace.
Even if you are someone who is afraid of the ocean, simply sitting and staring at the blue waters can put you in a meditative state. Studies also indicate the color blue can actually change the frequency of brain waves. Another study also revealed that people who live with a view to the ocean are less stressed. So, if you are someone who is looking for tranquility and quietness, taking a beach vacation would be the ideal thing to do.
3. The hypnotic sound of the waves in combination with the sight and smells of the beach can provide some relief from feeling lonely.
In a study, scientists discovered that when people were subjected to the calming properties of the beach, the part of the brain that is responsible for stress emotions began to shrink. Whereas, the areas that produce empathy, reasoning and memory grew.
4. It boosts your creativity.
Have trouble focusing at work? Time for a beach vacation. Research shows that being in a blue environment allows you to clear your head and approach problems in a creative way. Similar to meditation, the beach can ignite a feeling of stillness; allowing you to shut out everything else and focus on yourself.
5. Taking a beach vacation will help you sleep better.
Just 15 to 30 minutes a day at the beach can have a significant impact on your wellbeing. Studies show that sea air is full of negative hydrogen ions, which improve our ability to absorb oxygen. These negative ions can also balance levels of serotonin, the feel good hormone, thus helping you sleep better at night.
6. The act of putting our feet on warm sand can also cause a feeling of relaxation.
Sand acts as a natural exfoliant for your skin and also makes an excellent surface for exercising. When walking or jogging at the beach, the sand creates extra resistance, forcing your muscles to work harder. Also, the warm feeling of sand under your feet can help you get into a relaxed state of mind.
7. Seawater helps preserve your skin’s elasticity.
Scientists have claimed that the magnesium in seawater increases skin’s elasticity, hydrates it, and improves its appearance. Salt and potassium chloride, which are naturally found in seawater, is also good for your skin. Treating your body to a little bit of saltwater every now and again will definitely come handy.
8. By unplugging yourself from all electronics, it helps you better reflect on your life.
Unplugging is good for your body and your mind. Seriously, don’t even try to bring your devices to the beach. A study conducted by the University of Exeter found that simply living near the beach can also be beneficial to your health and well-being.
9. A visit to the beach allows you to experience feelings of awe.
When you experience that feeling of awe, you get that ‘one with the universe’ feeling. You feel connected to yourself, the world around you, and whoever you happen to be with. That puts you in a ‘we’ state of mind.” It’s perhaps no coincidence that proposals, marriages and honeymoons happen overwhelmingly at stunning coastal locations. – says Wallace J. Nichols, a marine biologist.
The beach is a magical place that can recharge you and help you stay fit physically and mentally. For those reasons, we conclude that beach visits are beneficial for you and your loved ones. Not to mention pretty pleasant. Just remember to wear your sunscreen.