Being by the sea has countless benefits – for many it is a place to simply relax and reflect. Taking a breath, taking in sea air and taking time out by the Ocean is a perfect way to nurture your wellness.
Water itself has many healing qualities, and throughout time has been a source of wellness for many. Ancient bathing rituals in Rome were a calming place to relax and reconnect. The water element is essential in traditional Chinese and ancient Indian medicinal practises, used to balance the body and create harmony.
Blue is known as a calming colour giving a feeling of clarity, depth and wisdom. The sea can be transfixing and brings about a natural feeling of calm and mindfulness, as we sit and watch the waves lap at the shore. The sight and sound of the sea are so simple, they give our brains rest from all the noise and information we are constantly taking in during our day to day lives.
Sea air is renowned for its health benefits, it contains small droplets of moisture and minerals which boost the immune system as we take in the fresher air. Sea air is also free from chemicals, vapours and particles whilst being full of negative ions that bring in more oxygen to the body. Sea air is also known to help a good nights sleep. Those negative ions bringing you more oxygen help serotonin levels making you feel more relaxed and less stressed.
Swimming in the ocean boosts your immune system, hydrates and revives skin and improves your circulation. Sea water is rich in minerals including magnesium; which has been shown to relax muscles and helps induce better sleep.
Having the beach to explore and coastal paths to walk increases activity and helps maintain a healthy lifestyle. Even on a cold and windy day, wrapping up warm and taking a stroll in the sea air is refreshingly good for you. Being by the sea makes you more feel more connected to nature, helping you to get the most out of it.
Embrace the ocean as a place to do more – water sports such as surfing, body boarding, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, kite surfing, wind surfing are all ways of connecting with the ocean, keeping active and enjoying the outdoors. Physical activities are not just great for the body but also the mind too; having proven benefits within mental health.
Eat well. The food we eat is intrinsically linked to our wellbeing. Being by the sea gives you access to fresh fish and native greens. Fish served straight from the sea will be much fresher (and tastier) and full of healthy nutrients which can be lost in processing. Whether you enjoy fresh fish at home or at a local restaurant, it’ll give your gut health and mental wellbeing a boost. A seafood diet is full of essential fatty acids that promote brain cell growth.
Getting a daily boost of Vitamin D from the sun (even in our climate) does a great deal for your wellness. The reflection of the sun off of the sea is a great way to get more of your Vitamin D to boost your immune system, stimulate bone growth & repair and increase endorphin levels.
So get outside, take a breath, relax and let the Ocean work its magic…