If your family is weighing vacation options, there’s enormous support for an oceanside vacation. Below are the top 5 health reasons to book an oceanside vacation.
Live Science had a great article a few years back that made a good point through sharing stats.
They mention that in one experiment, study participants were shown photographs of ocean views, green fields or cities. Then the participants were asked how much they were willing to pay for a hotel room with each of those views. People were willing to pay more for the room with an ocean view, the results showed.
When you put a person in a beach environment, “It’s not going to be any great surprise to you that people relax,” said study researcher Mathew White, an environmental psychologist at Exeter. The question, he said, is how many people experience such health effects, and how much they impact people’s health.
White and colleagues have also looked at census data in England to see how living near a coast affects people’s health. They found that people who lived closer to the coast reported better health.
The article went on to state that researchers are now doing lab experiments to study the physiological benefits of coastal life. In the experiments, people in stressful situations, such as dental surgery, look at either a virtual beach, or the dental room. The trial is ongoing, but early studies suggest people report feeling less pain when immersed in a beach setting.
So even if you can’t live by the ocean, take a vacation oceanside. Your stress should be reduced.
This Inc.com article by Anne Gherini covers what happens to your brain while you are near the ocean and your lungs start to fill with salty air. This allows your brain to possibly receive instant benefits. “The negative ions (oxygen ions with an extra electron attached, produced via water molecules) in the ocean air can actually help calm your brain.
Negative ions have been shown to have a pronounced anti-depressant effect as well. As early as 1932, American research engineer Dr. Clarence Hansell noticed that the mood of one of his colleagues fluctuated in response to the type of ions. Cheerful when subjected to positive ions and gloomy when subjected to negative ones.
Subsequent studies have found that the act of negatively ionized air can alleviate symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD).”
NBC news online shared this tidbit from Richard Shuster, PsyD:
The parts of the brain responsible for memory, reasoning and empathy grow when we are by the ocean. You could experience an easier time thinking, focusing and connecting. And that just might make for a more productive Monday morning.
Staring at the ocean actually changes our brain waves’ frequency and puts us into a mild meditative state.
To stay in the zone while you’re at the beach, take a break from social media. “The best way to exercise mindfulness is to close your eyes and listen to the ocean waves rolling in and out,” says Richard Shuster, PsyD, clinical psychologist and host of The Daily Helping podcast. “If you’re getting alerts from your phone, that’s going to detract from the experience.”
Above all, be aware of your senses. “Focus on how your body feels warm from the rays of the sun. Focus on what it feels like to have your feet in the sand. Breathe deep and smell the ocean air,” says Shuster.
Sandhya Raghavan at the Health Site brings a number of good oceanside benefits to light, including the importance of vitamin D.
Did you know that vitamin D deficiency can cause health problems like hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, anaemia, brain damage, depression and more? People living in dull and gloomy climes generally face more vitamin D deficiency than those who live close to the coast, according to a study conducted on 7,000 participants.
So book that oceanside vacation, enjoy some sunshine and when you see the words Vitamin Sea, think Vitamin D!
Loraine Couturier at Life Hack shares her perspective on what she believes are the 5 reasons to stay near the ocean for your health.
She even says, “If we stay by the ocean, we are able to listen to the waves crash onto the beach in their gentle and perfectly spaced way. This white noise offers a soothing and relaxing lullaby to put us into a deep sleep. We are relaxed so our sleep is deep, and often dreams come up and problems are solved. Maybe it’s the ocean or maybe it’s the product of what the ocean does for our souls. We don’t sleep in and our body and mind wake up totally refreshed and well rested.”