Blissing Out on Your Beach Trip

October 21, 2017

I can't help re-posting articles that confirm what Blue Space Art aka Byron Bay Beach Photography know about the benefits of spending time at the beach.  Enjoy this one and hope to see you in the "blue space" soon. 

 

 

“The color blue has been found by an overwhelming amount of people to be associated with feelings of calm and peace,” says Shuster. “Staring at the ocean actually changes our brain waves’ frequency and puts us into a mild meditative state.” A study published in the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s journal even found that blue is associated with a boost of creativity.

 

The smell of the ocean breeze contributes to your soothed state, which may have something to do with the negative ions in the air that you’re breathing in.

The smell of the ocean breeze contributes to your soothed state, which may have something to do with the negative ions in the air that you’re breathing in.

 

Plus,that consistent ebbing and flowing you hear as you lie on your towel under an umbrella? “It kind of de-stimulates our brains,” says Shuster. The noises — coupled with the visuals — activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which is “responsible for slowing us down and allowing us to relax and feel more engaged,” says Sally Nazari, PsyD, owner of Chrysalis Psychological Services and host of the podcast Beyond the Couch.

The smell of the ocean breeze also contributes to your soothed state, which may have something to do with the negative ions in the air that you’re breathing in. These oxygen atoms have an extra electron and occur in places like waterfalls and the ocean, says Shuster. A study published in the Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine suggests that negative ion therapy could be used to treat symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.

Finally, the simple act of touching the sand makes you feel all fuzzy. “The physical sensation of putting your feet in warm sand causes people to relax,” says Shuster.

But it turns out there’s a bit of a placebo effect happening, too. “We’ve been conditioned to think of the beach as peaceful and relaxing,” says Shuster. “We expect when we go to the beach that we are going to relax.” You can thank your favorite movies and TV shows for this, as just about any beach scene in pop culture portrays the locale as super-tranquil. (Case in point: Don Draper’s Coke ad epiphany in the final scene of Mad Men.)

 Don Draper's beach-induced eureka moment on the California coast.

How to Bliss Out on Your Beach Trip

As much as we’d happily set up residence beachside on a Hawaiian island, you don’t actually have to live by the water to reap the benefits. It’s all about taking advantage of the time you spend there by practicing mindfulness.

Mindfulness has tons of mental health benefits including stress relief, says Nazari. A study published in the journal Psychiatry Research found that the brains of those who completed an eight-week mediation course changed in a few ways. For starters, the area of the brain responsible for stress shrunk in size. “This means that we become more resilient to handling stress and that stress doesn’t rattle us as much,” explains Nazari.

On the flip side, the parts of the brain responsible for memory, reasoning and empathy grew. An easier time thinking, focusing and connecting? That’s a pretty sweet deal — and just might make for a more productive Monday morning.

 

 

 

 

 

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