Bring on a case of the “blue mind.”
There’s no doubt that we have a deep biological connection to water. It is our primary source of life, and it makes up a solid 70 percent of our bodies. But for many of us, water is more than hydrating. In fact, simply being near a lake, river or ocean shore can fill us with an overwhelming sense of calm and serenity. And there’s a scientific reason for that.
According to author Wallace Nichols, seeing and hearing water releases a bunch of neurochemicals in your brain that promote wellness, and your blood flow increases to both your heart and brain, which creates an immediate feeling of relaxation. So when you find yourself feeling overly stressed out and anxious in your day-to-day life, practice some self-care and go spend a day (or even just a few hours) in a spot that has a natural water element to it. Regardless of whether you pick the beach, a mountain stream or the pond in the middle of an urban park, here are some ways you can harness the power those blue waters naturally give you.
Because the water is naturally soothing and awe-inspiring, you are in the best mental place to meditate when you’re near it. So take advantage of this peace and clarity and just sit with your thoughts for a little while. You never know what will arise with a little deep breathing and maybe even a mantra repetition, but we bet that it’ll be beneficial in some way, shape or form.
The sensory deprivation created by floating can heighten the powers of your other senses, helping to even out any imbalances your body might be experiencing in your daily grind. Plus, your nervous system will instinctively let go and relax, allowing your body to take time to heal and regenerate itself rather than continuing to fight the stress hormone cortisol constantly.
Grab a journal and start jotting down whatever comes to your free, open mind. Regardless of whether you write, paint or doodle, water is known for helping us reconnect with our inner creativity. In fact, one of the best things you can do if you’re struggling with a case of writer’s block (or the artist’s equivalent) is to relocate to a space near pretty blue water and let human nature take over.