That incredible feeling of peace and calmness that you experience at the beach is now being referred to as “blue space.” That’s what scientists have dubbed the effect that the combination of soothing smells and sounds of water have on your brain. The blue space is enough to make you feel at ease in a hypnotic sort of way.
When you notice how relaxed you feel at the beach, it’s not just all in your head. Science says that it’s a change in the way your brain reacts to its environment leaving you feeling happy, relaxed and reenergized.
Overall, this blue space effects you in four different ways.
- Going to the beach reduces stress.
- The beach boosts your creativity.
- Going to the beach can reduce feelings of depression.
- Overall, spending time at the beach will change your perspective on life.
How does this scientifically boost our moods?
1. Your brain’s prefrontal cortex is activated. The prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain associated with emotion and self-refection (as well as other functions) has been shown to be engaged when ocean sounds are played.
2. Ocean waves generate negative ions. The peaceful feeling we get at the beach could be a result of molecular changes that are happening in our bodies. The ocean’s waves produce negative ions. Negative ions accelerate our bodies ability to absorb oxygen. They also balance levels of serotonin; a chemical produced by the body that is related to mood and stress.
3. Your stress hormone cortisol level would be lowered. The reason the beach has such a calming effect on us could be because of the sound the waves make. The sound of the ocean may have an even deeper emotional effect according to Batts. The noise of the ocean ““probably triggers deep memories or feelings of relaxation and safety.
4. The flat ocean’s surface calms you. The flat plane of the ocean’s surface may also give us a sense of security and safety. Neuroscientist Michael Merzenich says that humans feel safe when they are in places that are not complex.
(Source – http://www.lifehack.org/408837/science-explains-how-the-beach-can-change-our-brains-and-mental-health)