According to new studies, living near the sea boosts mental health, makes people relaxed and happier. Actually, the health benefits associated with residing in a coastal home are so obvious which made scientists behind the study to suggest that more affordable property should be built on the beach so that the majority can benefit. It is seen that individuals whose properties have an ocean view live a happier and healthy life than those who don’t. This study is the first report that finds a link between the visibility of water and health, which scientists call “blue space”.
This study reviews how the sound of the sea waves alters wave patterns in the brain, and getting a person into a deeply relaxed state. This way of relaxation helps refresh the body, mind and soul. Additionally, floating in the nearby sea diverts blood from the lower limbs and pumps it towards the abdominal region (the part of the body near the heart), because we are no longer standing upright and this fresh blood brings extra oxygen to the brain making people more active and alert.
Professor Amber Pearson said that the increased view of blue space is significantly associated with lower levels of psychological distress which was not found with green space.
The city is filled with surrounding activities and invisible threats that can be bad for people’s mental health. The daily loud, rough and upbeat life in the city can be frustrating with traffic jams, over-crowding and polluted air.
It is shown by the World Health Organization that Mental health disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide. After considering the age, wealth, sex and other neighborhood factors, it was seen that having a view of the ocean was associated with improved mental health.
Prof Pearson also mentioned that the visibility of green space did not show the same calming effect, though that could be because the research did not distinguish between types. She explained that it could be because the beach area was all natural, while the city area included human made areas, such as sports fields and playgrounds, as well as natural areas such as native forests. if we only looked at native forests we might find something different.
Swimming or floating in the sea was also found to be good for the body and mental health.
Scientists have also revealed that the sea air is good for a sound sleep because it is provides healthy negative ions that accelerate the ability to absorb oxygen. These chemicals also balance levels of Serotonin, a hormone connected with mood and stress. This is why people after a holiday feel more relaxed, alert and energized. The sun’s heat also affects the endocrine system (the part of the body which secretes endorphins which is the natural chemicals designed to make us feel relaxed and less stressed).
All in all, designating a proportion of high rise buildings or affordable homes in locations with ocean views could potentially promote mental health.