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The Sea and Our Mental State

Updated: Aug 19, 2023

There's something about being in close proximity to such a large body of water that has a profound effect on our mental state.

We all know the feeling of a long day at work, coming home to our families tired and stressed. For some of us, these feelings might be more constant than for others. We might feel like we're on a hamster wheel, never catching a break. But what if there was a way to break out of that cycle, even if just for a little while? What if there was a way to soothe our minds and bodies, to hit the reset button and come back feeling refreshed? That place is the sea.

The sea has always been known for its calming properties. The sound of the waves crashing against the shore is enough to lull anyone into a daze. But recent studies have shown that there's more to it than just the sound.

One study found that people who live near the coast are less likely to experience anxiety or depression than those who live inland. Another study showed that looking at pictures of the ocean can help reduce stress levels. Even just listening to recordings of ocean sounds has been shown to lower heart rate and blood pressure.

Another study found that “the vastness of an open horizon may itself have an impact on brain activity related to regulating attention and empathic concern”—in other words, looking at the ocean can help us to feel less stressed and more empathy for others.

There are a number of theories as to why this is the case. One is that the colour blue is known to have a calming effect. Another is that the repetitive nature of waves helps to focus the mind and bring about a sense of tranquility. Whatever the reason, there's no denying that spending time by the sea can have a positive impact on our mental state.

If you're feeling stressed or overwhelmed, take some time for yourself and head down to the beach. Listen to the waves crashing against the shore, smell the salty air, and reconnect with nature for a bit.. Just remember to put your phone on silent!


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