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  • Why a Visit to the Beach is Good for Your Mental Health

    There is a feeling of satisfaction every time you walk on wet sand, feel the ocean breeze on your face, and smell the saltiness of the sea. The beach always gives you the feeling of being relaxed and satisfied. Have you ever wondered why? Research finds that spending time at the beach reduces stress levels and has a profound impact on your brain and mental health.
    Some people even listen to a recording of running water or the rain to relax their minds and bodies, eventually falling asleep, and waking up refreshed the next day. That is just the calming sound of water, but being physically near the beach, hearing the crashing waves and feeling the cool breeze of the ocean is somehow therapeutic. That said, a day on the beach is tantamount to relaxation.
    Here are some things you can do while at the beach to help boost brain activity and refresh your body, mind, and soul:

    Stare at the water
    Colors correspond to certain feelings or emotions. Blue, which is the color of the sea, is associated with calm and peace. Thus when we spend our time staring at the cool blue waters for hours, we get a relaxed feeling.
    We may not be aware, but just staring at the water puts our minds in a meditative state. When we are by the ocean, our mind is in a soft fascination or a state of mild attentiveness. In this state, our brain is both interested and engaged without being overloaded by stimuli.

    Do physical activities near the beach
    Rather than going to a crowded gym, go out and go to the nearest beach, and do a little physical exercise. Being near the beach will give you a mental boost than exercising with a crowd. You may also look for other trails near bodies of water, like on a river or a pond. Exercising near the water will result in health and neurological benefits.

    Go barefoot and feel the sand under your toes
    Walking barefoot can be stimulating to your body and mind and helps your body absorb free ions on the surface of the earth, producing a tingling sensation. It’s the same feeling of satisfaction when you remove your high heels after a long and tiring day.

    Smell the ocean mist
    The negative ions present in the ocean air can help in calming the brain. Negative ions also help in depression—it is like nature’s antidepressant. So visiting the beach when you are feeling sad and depressed will significantly improve your overall well-being.

    Bask in the sunshine
    The sun is the best source of Vitamin D. But make sure to put on sunblock to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
    You may not always be able to go to the beach every time, especially during winter. But it will help if you simulate the beach experience at home. You may buy essential oils that can mimic the smell of the saltwater. You may also try walking barefoot after removing your shoes or sandals after a long day’s work.
    If you are looking to spend some time under the sun at the beach, get in touch with Keemala. Here, you’ll be able to catch plenty of rays at your private pool villa conveniently located nearby Kamala beach!