Would you need science to tell you that heading to the beach can make you more mentally fit? You bet you won’t. Most of us would love to head on the beach to relax, to alleviate stress, or to feel good in general. Thankfully, science does back this up. These are some of the proven benefits when going to the beach.
Research says that "staring at the ocean actually changes our brain waves’ frequency and puts us into a mild meditative state". According to a study done by researchers at Harvard and the University of Massachusetts Medical Schools and Bender Institute of Neuroimaging in Germany, the brains of those who meditate regularly do experience significant changes. “The results suggest that meditation is associated with changes in grey matter concentration in brain regions involved in learning and memory processes, emotion regulation, and perspective taking,” said the study’s authors.
Inhaling the negative ions emitted by the ocean mist gives instant benefits to your brain. American research engineer Dr. Clarence Hansell in 1932, had noticed that the mood of one of his colleagues' changes – cheerful when inhaling negative ions, gloomy when inhaling positive ions. Negatively ionized air is the kind of air you receive from fresh air, which can alleviate symptoms of SAD (seasonal affective disorder). It proves that going to the beach just to inhale fresh air really pays off.
Walking barefoot on the sand has a proven number of stimulating benefits to our minds and bodies. Our feet have a lot of nerves and acupuncture points. When our feet touch the sand, it would absorb free ions on the earth’s surface. The earth is negatively charged so walking barefoot connects your body to a negatively charged supply of energy which would result in a more rejuvenated body and mind.