I Love Being By the Seaside !

October 17, 2023

Last night while watching rugby, we were talking about Dorset and someone mentioned having been invited to join a friend who was going to Durdle Door. I do love beaches and those along the Jurassic coast in particular as there is always the hope of finding that perfect ammonite!

I love watching the waves and even when the clouds are grey and the seas are choppy, it’s a beautiful place of peace for me. Turns out I’m not the only one who enjoys being near water and there are several reasons for this:

  1. Natural Beauty: Water bodies like lakes, rivers, oceans, and even small ponds tend to be visually pleasing. The natural beauty of water can have a calming and soothing effect on our minds, which can lead to an improved mood.
  2. Relaxation: The sound of water, whether it’s waves crashing on the shore or the gentle babbling of a brook, can be incredibly relaxing. This natural white noise can help reduce stress and anxiety, promoting feelings of happiness and tranquillity.
  3. Connection to Nature: Being near water often means being in a natural environment. Connecting with nature has been shown to have numerous psychological benefits, including reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety.
  4. Physical Activity: Water-based activities like swimming, kayaking, or even just walking along the beach are enjoyable forms of exercise. Exercise releases endorphins, which are natural mood lifters. The combination of physical activity and a scenic water view can be doubly uplifting.
  5. Cooling Effect: Water can have a cooling effect on the surrounding environment, which can be particularly refreshing on a hot day. Feeling physically comfortable can contribute to a positive mood.
  6. Escape from Routine: Water often provides an escape from the routine of daily life. Whether it’s a vacation at the beach or a quiet afternoon at a local park with a pond, being near water can provide a break from the stresses and demands of everyday life.
  7. Symbolism: Water is often associated with renewal and purification in many cultures. The symbolism of water as a source of life and cleansing can have a positive impact on one’s mental state.
  8. Negative Ions: Water, especially moving water like waterfalls or crashing waves, produces negative ions. These ions are believed to have a positive effect on mood and overall well-being. While more research is needed to confirm this effect, many people report feeling happier near such water features.

What’s your “go-to” place to unwind and recharge?

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