I believe I’m not alone with this because science has recently discovered that indeed water has a calming effect on the mind.
Top Reasons Why Water Calms the Mind
In a recent study, it has been found out that people who live near the beach or a river feels less stressed than those who live near the city. But what is it exactly about water that achieves this effect? You might find it strange, but it’s only until recently that they truly have found out the scientific reasons behind this.
- It brings it to a meditative state
It is actually discovered that the sound of the water whether at sea or the river side produces an overwhelming sense of mental tranquility. You will experience a whole range of peaceful emotions when you are near the water. That is only talking about the surface. When you take the plunge with your snorkel and fins, you will just be blown by the scenery down below. You will find more serenity down under when you begin to see the corals, fishes, and plants underwater.
- It slows down brain waves
Even if you just float around or snorkel or just stay at the beach, it has been found out that these activities actually slows down the brain waves. This activity is known as the shifting from active brain waves to theta brainwaves. Theta brainwaves are actually associated not only with relaxation but also with creativity.
- It gives you a sense of awe
Just by being in the water, looking at the ocean with giving you an idea of how small you are and how vast the world is. This sense of awe, instead of giving you a feeling of insignificance contrarily gives you a sense of happiness. Studies have found out that it actually relieves us of stress when we experience this kind of awe-inspiring moment.
- Heightens creativity
As already mentioned, the shift from active brain wave to theta brain wave heightens creativity. Do you ever wonder why a lot of landscape paintings involve bodies of water? The relaxed state that you experience near bodies of water causes you to daydream and create a lot of things in your mind. This wandering of the mind in a free and unhindered state is actually the catalyst for creativity. When the mind is that calm, it actually begins to solve more problems, it becomes more productive and consequently more creative.
So if you feel stressed, why not try to get near a body of water? Science has already proved it and now you know why it has some calming effects.
How about you? What are your stress relievers? Do you find the water achieve the calming effect that you need? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.