Most people who don’t live by the ocean don’t get to experience its beauty and beneficial affects it can have on a person’s life, especially for us college students where stress is most people’s number one problem. With a long and very cold winter, exceptional beach weather is what people have been waiting for. On days like Sunday where the high was seventy degrees with the sun shining beaming down warmth inviting everyone out to the great outdoors. As much as the beautiful scenery and sound of the waves crashing down are all the reason to take a trip to the beach, there are more health benefits than fellow beach-goers may realize.
The biggest benefit of having a local beach in your vicinity is because it’s a huge stress reliever. The ocean has proven to calm people’s nerves and relax the muscles in your body, which can help turn around a bad situation when feeling overwhelmed. Living close to the beach significantly improves people’s well being, which helps promote a better well being on campus due to our proximity to the beach.
I know how good the feeling of feeling the warm sand running through your toes and engulfing your foot can be. It turns out were getting way more than just a rush of happiness. With over two hundred thousand nerve endings located on just the soles of our feet, walking barefoot in the sand stimulates them all. Walking on wet sand also exfoliates the dead skin cells from the heels of our feet.
If it’s hot enough to go into the water, you’re doing a lot more for yourself than cooling off. There are several minerals found in the ocean that help the body heal and detoxify. Iodine is a key proponent in fighting infection and magnesium helps you sleep better, gets rid of stress, and improves brain function. The best part about those two minerals is that there are plenty of them in the sea. All these benefits and all you’re required to do is take a nice journey to the beach.
There are experiments being done that test the physiological benefits of living near the sea. One of those experiments involves putting people from stressful situations, like dental surgery, and giving them a virtual scene to look at during the procedure. The people looking at the virtual reality reported feeling less pain than those having to look at the dental room. Studies like this show that the beach could be a very useful tool as a form of therapy.
So, if you’re feeling a little down, or stressed, or just need a break from life, take a trip to the closest beach and you’ll be assured to gain more than a smile. Not very many people get to go to school or live as close to something as beneficial and cool as a beach, so don’t take it for granted.