Photo by Ocean’s Reach guest Karly Hawker
Just what exactly does the beach do to your brain?
When it comes to why the beach gets you feeling all Zen, there are a few factors at play that affect your senses, says a noted clinical psychologist.
According to an article by
“The color blue has been found by an overwhelming amount of people to be associated with feelings of calm and peace,” says Richard Shuster, PsyD, clinical psychologist and host of The Daily Helping podcast. “Staring at the ocean actually changes our brain waves’ frequency and puts us into a mild meditative state.”
Plus, that consistent ebbing and flowing you hear as you lie on your towel under an umbrella? “It kind of de-stimulates our brains,” says Shuster. “The noises — coupled with the visuals — activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for slowing us down and allowing us to relax and feel more engaged.”
The smell of the ocean breeze also contributes to your soothed state, which may have something to do with the negative ions in the air that you’re breathing in. These oxygen atoms have an extra electron and occur in places like waterfalls and the ocean, says Shuster.
Finally, the simple act of touching the sand makes you feel all fuzzy. “The physical sensation of putting your feet in warm sand causes people to relax,” says Shuster.
So next time you’re enjoying the gorgeous beach at Ocean’s Reach, reap the benefits of Vitamin Sea and take the time to be aware of the affect on your senses.
Says Shuster, “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!”